Day: July 25, 2016

“The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees” by Robert Penn

“The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees” by Robert Penn c.2016, W.W. Norton $26.95 / higher in Canada 256 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Shade feels good right about now. Just sitting in it seems to lower your temperature by ten degrees. It calms you, too, and makes you feel drowsy. This time of year, the shade of a tree is a welcome thing and, as you’ll see in the new book “The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees” by Robert Penn, that tree can offer so much more. For most of Robert Penn’s childhood, an ash tree at the edge of a garden was the gateway to adventure. It was just a tree then; he never paid it much heed, nor did he consider that so many of his favorite possessions came from ash wood. And yet, that tree stood in the back of his mind and on a crisp winter day, he felled one just like it near his South Wales home, to see all that could be done with a single tree. The tree hadn’t been easy to find: because each kind of wood has its season and ash is best harvested in winter, Penn began his search early. He wanted a tall, straight tree of the correct width, no extra lower branches, and with a wide canopy. Surely, such a tree stood...

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Celtics ready for state tournament

By TIM HAYS Of the Keizertimes The McNary summer baseball program is off to the state playoffs. On Thursday, July 21 they played against top seed Churchill. This summer the team has four players from the spring returning, and just like most years, a lot of new faces. Key returners have been two-time first league second baseman Matthew Ismay, ‘rubber band man’ Riley Hays, and infielders, Josh Benson and Jonah Geist. “This group happens to be another good group,” Head Coach Larry Keeker said. “They are kids I can count on. They are reliable in terms of coming to the park ready to compete. Summer time is always difficult because everyone is coming and going. To their credit we have been able to compete with every guy we have.” Because multiple players play various sports, and unforeseen injuries, Keeker has played 20 different players this summer. This opened the door for players like incoming sophomore Jacob Jackson to get his name in the lineup. “There are a lot of good coaches, and the players are fun to be around,” Jackson said. “It has been a great summer so far, and I am still learning new things on the go. It’s a step, and I’m liking the challenge that is presenting me.” The leaders on the field this summer have been two incoming seniors, Ismay and Hays. Ismay, who has...

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