Day: August 1, 2014

McNary alumna debuts first novel, plans trilogy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Jillian Torassa’s first book, Rebel Thirds, transports readers to a dystopian future where intelligence is worshipped and ignorance is revered. “The premise is that its post-nuclear and set in New Zealand, the only place left inhabitable. The destruction of the world was blamed on intelligence because it was fancy weapons that destroyed everything. The first class citizens are are believed righteous for their lack of knowledge while those born with intelligence are kept down,” said Torassa, 24, a 2008 graduate of McNary High School. The book is available through most outlets selling e-books, like amazon.com, and in paperback form from the author at her website, www.jilliantorassa.com. The novel is the story of 18-year-old Jade Doe, a Third Class Citizen who has been enslaved for her inherent intelligence. When Jade learns of a dangerous secret, she is given the risky chance to build a better life from the ashes of her old one. Torassa hopes that fans of the Hunger Games series find something to like in her take on a totalitarian future, escpecially considering that trilogy was no small influence on Torassa’s approach. “In college, I wrote my senior thesis on social spaces and tropes of dystopian novels. This book was a chance to put my spin on it,” Torassa said. She said the recent surge in bleak futures portrayed in young...

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KPD helping with National Night Out Aug. 5

In partnership with the National Association of Town Watch, the Keizer Police Department will be co-sponsoring the 31st annual National Night Out event citywide on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. More than 34 million people in more than 15,000 communities throughout the country will join forces to promote police-community partnerships, crime, drug and violence prevention, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime awareness; generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations and send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Residents in neighborhoods in Keizer and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, potlucks, dessert socials and youth activities. Neighborhood Watch block captains are highly encouraged to organize an event as an opportunity to contact their participants, meet new neighbors and update their rosters. All other neighborhoods are also encouraged to participate. Participants are asked to designate a particular problem area in their neighborhood. Called “Project 365,” it could be anything from a problem park, a suspected drug house or car break-ins. The goal will be to work towards correcting the problem in 365 days, or by National Night Out...

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Steam-up powers on

On Aug. 2 and 3, Brooks’ Antique Powerland will continue its annual Great Oregon Steam-up. Parades and exhibits will feature vintage tractors, cars, trucks, military transportation. emergency vehicles and engines in a display of automotive power since the Industrial Age. Parades are slated both days at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for a day pass, $20 for two days, or $30 for a household pass. Children 12 and under get in free. In addition to an array of vehicles, the site will feature a 1930s service station, rides on a 1/8th-scale model train, blacksmithing demonstrations, a tractor pull, a flour mill, a steam-powered sawmill, swap sales, a flea market, live music and ice cream made with steam power. New features include a quilt show and a heritage rose garden. A church service will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. Live music by Wayne Richards and the Southern Nights will be staged at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Festival hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.antiquepowerland.com [fbphotos...

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Burger King fries employees

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The owner of a Keizer Burger King has been notified of a complaint filed against the fast food restaurant. Well, maybe. The Burger King in question is the one at 3615 River Road North. A letter dated July 16 – obtained by the Keizertimes – was sent from Ronald Haverkost, enforcement manager out of the Salem field office for the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA). According to the letter, OR-OSHA received notice on July 15 of a safety and/or health hazard. The specific nature: “There is no air conditioning or fans and the temperature is well over 90 degrees in the building,” the letter states. “Employees have to work in these miserable conditions. Corporate has been contacted but no action taken.” Haverkost said as of July 25 there had been no response from Salem-based Boss Enterprises Inc. There could be a reason for that. When contacted on July 25, a manager at the Keizer Burger King referred the Keizertimes to a number which is listed as Kaizen Restaurants out of Beaverton. When the number was called, a recording identified the company as GBMO/GBMW, a Burger King franchise owner with locations in Oregon and Washington. A message left for the company was not returned. Further, the Keizer Burger King manager said Boss Enterprises hasn’t been the owner for approximately six years. As...

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