Day: August 14, 2015

“Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act” by Barry Yourgrau

“Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act” by Barry Yourgrau c.2015, W.W. Norton $25.95 / $30.95 Canada 276 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Once again, you couldn’t find your keys. You were pretty sure you put them down on the kitchen counter. On top of last weeks’ mail. Which you’d laid next to a shirt you bought on sale in April, breakfast dishes from who-knows-when, five plastic bags, and a dead plant. Yeah, your house is cluttered, but it’s not so bad – which is what Barry Yourgrau thought until, as he says in his memoir “Mess,” he began to look around… The apartment hadn’t always been his. It had, in fact, belonged to Barry Yourgrau’s girlfriend once, and she’d bequeathed it to him when she moved and he needed a place to stay. So when Cosima knocked on the door of the apartment one afternoon, she was surprised that Yourgrau wouldn’t let her in. He couldn’t, because Yourgrau was a hoarder “at wit’s end.” Postcards, old calendars, paper bags, souvenirs, and bric-a-brac littered the floors of his home, covered with dust, stored in boxes, slung across furniture and countertops. Not only were the rooms cluttered, but so was Yourgrau’s mind: as a writer, he couldn’t seem to stay focused. His home was too much of a distraction. Cosima gave him an ultimatum:...

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Haggen to close Keizer location

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Haggen opened a Keizer grocery store in the spring. That store will be closed in the fall. On Aug. 14, Deborah Pleva with Weinstein PR sent out an announcement on behalf of the Washington-based grocery store chain that 27 of the company’s locations will be closing within 60 days. The Keizer location at 5450 River Road North is one of five Oregon locations being closed. The store, formerly an Albertsons, was briefly closed in reopened in late April with Haggen signage. Darren Dye remained as the store manager and all employees who wanted to stay were kept. According to the announcement, most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction of Albertsons and Safeway merging. The Safeway in Keizer is not affected by the latest news. It wasn’t specified in the announcement if the Keizer Haggen would be sold or closed, but a list of impacted stores was labeled as a “List of Haggen stores scheduled to close.” The announcement notes the company is doing the closures to “improve its business and strengthen its competitive decision” and that future closures could take place in the future as part of the company’s “right-sizing strategy.” While no reason was given for the 27 particular locations being, a possible clue was given. “Haggen’s original stores continue to perform well,” the...

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Things your grandchildren will NEVER understand

As seen in The Best of Your Times special issue By LELAND ZAITZ For the Keizertimes It’s a hard fact of life that you can’t stop progress. Each generation in its turn watches with chagrin as the world changes in ways big and small. But it seems that our generation has seen the world change so quickly that there’s hardly even time for nostalgia anymore. What were ordinary facts of life for us must seem inconceivably primitive to the younger generation. For example: The telephone Yes, that’s what it was called before it was called the “cell phone.” You had a black plastic device sitting in its regular place in your house, and it had a dial on it. Which explains why even today we talk of “dialing” a phone number. When the phone rang, you wondered who was calling, because there was no caller ID. You were familiar with sounds such as a dial tone and a busy signal. You had all of your friends and family’s numbers memorized! If you called a friend and got a recorded message, you might respond with “Are you there? Pick up!” You might lay on the bed for half an hour talking on the phone because that’s as far as the phone cord would reach. And if you weren’t home and needed to make a call, you’d look for a pay...

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A look at hazelnut growing

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Can hazelnuts in the orchard at Keizer Rapids Park be grown without chemicals? According to the executive director of the Oregon Hazelnut Growers Association, the answer is yes. “There are growers farming hazelnuts organically,” Michael Klein told the Keizertimes. “It is not an easy endeavor but it can be done. It requires a lot of extra work, expense and may use chemical sprays approved for organic certification.” As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, Kevin Schurter with Schurter Enterprises LLC submitted a proposal in July to farm the 22 acres of filbert orchards on city-owned property at KRP. Tony Weathers had done the harvesting previously, but cited possible litigation for using pesticides in the vicinity of the Big Toy – built within the orchards in June – as the reason for wanting out of his contract. Weathers was paying the city $9,000 a year in rent. Schurter has proposed paying no rent but giving 15 percent of his proceeds to the city instead. The Keizer City Council last week voted to allow City Manager Chris Eppley to strike a deal. “The council authorized Chris to proceed without further council action and the lease will likely be signed very soon,” city attorney Shannon Johnson said Aug. 6. “Orchard work could begin very soon.” The health of the trees has been a concern for years,...

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Two veterans leaving Keizer Police posts

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just like that, the Keizer Police Department has lost two employees with a combined 52 years of experience. Rita Powers, the Police Support supervisor, retired from the KPD Aug. 7 after exactly 26 years with the department. John Troncoso, a longtime detective and head of the Criminal Investigations Division, is leaving the department today, Aug. 14. His official retirement date is Sept. 1, but he already had scheduled vacation for the rest of this month. Troncoso was among nine employees joining the KPD on Oct. 1, 1989, meaning he joined shortly after Powers. Police chief John Teague, who joined the KPD the same day as Troncoso and deputy chief Jeff Kuhns, noted the impact will be felt now and especially down the road. “Anytime you lose a good employee with 25 years of institutional knowledge, that’s a hard thing to fill,” Teague said. “Once they are gone, then you realize how many gaps they filled in.” Powers figured her anniversary date would be a good time to step aside. “I just decided it was time,” she said on Tuesday. “I’m enjoying being home for a while and having my own schedule. It was 26 years to the day. I thought about doing it a year ago, then decided to hang on a little longer. I’ve been contemplating it since about February. I just...

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