Day: April 15, 2013

“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

“Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline c.2013, William Morrow $14.99 / $16.99 Canada 278 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your memories could fill a thousand scrapbooks. On this page here, you’d glue that first-day-of-school smell. If you could, you’d paste the sound of your father coming home from work. Your mother’s voice would be saved between pages of perfect-weather days, lost loves, and hot cocoa. You’d fasten down puppy breath, running through sprinklers, and birthday cake. You could fill volumes with the memories you hold, but Vivian Daly has packed hers in boxes enough to fill an attic. And in the new book “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, the time has come to empty them. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayers hoped that Ralph and Dina’s house would be the last one she’d have to endure; she’d cycle out of the foster care system soon, and a last-minute move was ridiculous. It was obvious, though, that Dina didn’t like her, so Molly started packing after she was caught stealing a ratty library paperback. She wanted the book and she was sure Dina wanted a convenient excuse to kick her out. Molly knew she was facing either a new foster home or short-time juvie, until her friend-cum-boyfriend, Jack, came up with another solution: his mother worked for a ninety-one-year-old woman who needed help cleaning her house. It was the perfect...

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Caruso’s closes its doors

  Caruso’s Italian Cafe has closed its doors, effective last Saturday. Jerry and Angie Phipps, owners of the restaurant located at 5745 Inland Shores Way North in Keizer, sent out a statement via e-mail about the closure April 14. “As of Saturday night April 13th Caruso’s has served its last customers,” the statement read. “It is with heavy hearts that we must say goodbye. The last four-and-a-half years of this struggling economy have finally taken its toll and we are unable to continue.” The Phipps opened Caruso’s in December 2000. Prior to that, Jerry had been chef at restaurants such as The Prime Rib Riverside in Salem, The Oregon Electric Station in Eugene and Marco’s Cafe and Espresso Bar in Portland. In late January, the restaurant resumed lunch hours after a two-year break. “We wish to thank all of the many wonderfully loyal customers we have come to know over the last 12 ½ years,” the Phipps said in their statement. “It has been a pleasure to serve you and to have been a part  of the Salem/Keizer community. We will miss...

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Blaze guts Mens Wearhouse

An early morning blaze left Men’s Wearhouse with more than $2 million in damages Sunday, April 14. Firefighters had difficulty accessing the fire as the closest door to the flames was welded shut and sheet rocked over.  Firefighters had to enter through the front of the building and drag hose lines through the entire store to access the rear of the building where the fire was emanating from. The event originally registered as a burglar alarm at 6065 Keizer Station Blvd. N.E. At 12:22 a.m. Keizer Police officers responded to the scene to investigate and called in Keizer Fire District crews when they found smoke in the building and broken windows from the heat of the fire. Keizer firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames near the alterations portion of the building. The fire was under control by 12:53am. Seven engines, two ladder trucks, two ambulances, one battalion chief, one duty officer, one support vehicle, one fire marshal and thirty-two firefighters responded to the incident. Marion County Fire District #1 and Salem Fire Department sent resources to assist with the fire. The building sustained substantial fire and smoke damage. No injuries were reported in the incident. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Men’s Warehouse in Woodburn will be assisting anyone with suits, alterations or questions. They can be reached at (503)...

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Time for an African mission

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Take a second before reading further and think about how many moments a day you look at your watch, or phone, or the wall, and check the time. For McNary High School senior Jon Platt, adjusting his perception of time, and its passing, is one of the biggest challenges of his mission trip in Burkina Faso, Africa. “Growing up in a country where ‘time is money,’ it was extremely difficult to grasp. I slowly adjusted to taking each day as it came,” wrote Platt in an interview via e-mail. “In this country, and I’m sure in many other African countries, time is not a huge deal. The sun rises, the sun sets.  It’s not that clocks are non-existent. It’s just that they aren’t nearly as important.” As a member of Salem Alliance Church, Platt knew of missionary efforts in Burkina Faso, but didn’t feel the pull to travel there himself until two years ago. “It was a late night in August two summers ago that I felt a direct calling from God to pursue Burkina. In the next year, I had considered a few other places and programs, but He continually brought me back to this place,” Platt said. He applied for an internship through Envision, a branch of the Christian Missionary Alliance and was accepted, but he still had to...

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