Day: July 8, 2013

“Queen of the Air” by Dean Jensen

“Queen of the Air” by Dean Jensen c.2013, Crown $26.00 / $31.00 Canada 336 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The bar was all of an inch in diameter, but it was perfect. You only needed to grab it and hang on, so it didn’t have to be very big. It just had to hold your weight as you swung hand-over-hand, hung upside down, and performed monkeyshines on the monkey bars when you were a kid. It was so easy then. Those same moves look easy now, especially when done by a professional. But as you’ll see in the new book “Queen of the Air” by Dean Jensen, what’s on the trapeze isn’t what’ll keep you hanging. Alfredo Codona didn’t believe in love at first sight – until he saw Leitzel. He was just sixteen years old, a relatively minor trapeze artist and soon-to-be heartthrob. She was eighteen, stunningly beautiful, a “darling with circus audiences everywhere…”  Smitten, he pursued her with single-mindedness – but the Queen of the Air had her career to think about, and she ended the short romance. Born to an unwed teenager in 1891, Leitzel definitely had circus blood in her veins: her father had owned a traveling troupe; her grandmother and aunts were all performers and her mother was a trapeze sensation. It didn’t take long for Leitzel to upstage her. Alfredo was the...

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New transit center officially opened

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So many dignitaries were on hand Monday for the grand opening of the Keizer Transit Center, it was easier to identify who was not present. The only ones not present were local state legislators, who were busy trying to hammer out the state budget. Jerry Thompson, chair of the Salem-Keizer Transit Board of Directors, introduced many of the dignitaries who were among the dozens on hand for the event at the new transit center, the first such non-Salem station. “There are no state representatives here,” Thompson said. “That’s good. They’d better not be here.” Everyone else, however, was invited to check out the new center, which actually started service on June 24. A public open house was held later in the afternoon Monday. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 5 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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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New owner for Renaissance Inn

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Hotel Corp. has acquired the Keizer Renaissance Inn, an 86-room conference center hotel located at 5188 Wittenberg Lane NE in Keizer. The deal was announced Tuesday, July 2. The Renaissance Inn is Keizer’s only hotel. This spring, the hotel entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy and underwent reorganization. Sherrie Gottfried, director of Sales and Catering at Renaissance Inn, announced during the June 17 Keizer City Council meeting new owners would be made known soon. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 5 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition 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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