Day: December 14, 2015

“The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans

“The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans c.2015, Simon & Schuster $19.99 / $25.99 Canada 301 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The issue you wrestle with is a thorny one. It’s been literally hanging over your head for days: does mistletoe require you to kiss someone, or is nose-rubbing permissible? Will a firm handshake be sufficient, or does protocol demand something more lipstick-laden?  And, as in the new novel “The Mistletoe Inn” by Richard Paul Evans, can the rules be re-written? Ever since she was eleven years old, Kimberly Rossi hated Christmas. She hated it all: snow, the lights, the carols. They only reminded her of Christmas Day, 1995, the day her mother committed suicide. Despite being abandoned (which is just how she perceived her mother’s death), Kimberly had a good childhood. Her father made sure of it; he was her biggest fan and her best friend. He supported her when her first fiancé left her for another woman, and when her second fiancé broke up with her via text, en route to an out-of-state job. Even after she’d left her childhood home in Las Vegas and moved to Denver, her father helped her, long-distance, to get through a messy, scandalous divorce. He was also the one who knew her deepest dream of becoming a romance writer, which is why he gave Kimberly the gift of a lifetime:...

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City extends Volcano lease

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Play ball, for a bit longer. After several executive sessions to discuss the matter, members of the Keizer City Council unanimously agreed Monday to extend the ground lease with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. City staff has been working with Jerry Walker, owner and president of the Keizer-based minor league baseball team, on terms for an extension of the ground lease on the property behind the Target in Keizer Station and near Interstate 5 where Volcanoes Stadium is situated. The original lease was signed in January 1997, the year Walker, along with wife Lisa, brought the baseball team to town. By the original lease, the Volcanoes weren’t going to be leaving anytime soon, since the lease had an expiration date of Jan. 6, 2026. That’s even more the case now, since the first amendment to the lease states the lease now expires on Jan. 6, 2036. “There’s also a possible eight-year extension after that,” city attorney Shannon Johnson said Monday evening. “We have been working with the Walkers for several months.” The revised agreement calls for rent from ticket sales to be increased from 5 to 5.5 percent in 2026. In 2031, that rent increases to 6 percent. Meanwhile, the current 20 percent rent for parking lot fees will remain the same. The lease amendment also included some changes for community events. For example, by...

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