Day: April 15, 2017

Girl Scout gives stuffed animals to local hospitals

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Born premature, Ashlee Ellis was comforted by stuffed animals, particularly a pink and white dog and a small giraffe, as she lived in hospital emergency rooms fighting asthma and other health issues. Now a healthy eighth grader at Whiteaker Middle School, Ellis wants to make sure all kids get that same comfort. Working towards her Girl Scouts silver award, Ellis collected over 500 items including stuffed animals, blankets, coloring books and fuzzy socks to be donated to hospital pediatric and emergency rooms in Salem, Silverton, Stayton and Dallas. “I decided to do this...

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Wind storm leaves wreckage in wake By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two trees felled by strong winds lay across Chemawa Road North and Northeast for most of a day while utility and public works crews scrambled to clean up and restore power throughout the mid-Willamette Valley Friday, April 7. “We had to wait for PGE and Comcast to respond and remove the downed wires before the tree could be cut up and removed from the roadway,” said Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director. “Given the strength and duration of the wind storm, we actually fared pretty well.”...

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