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Day: February 28, 2011

Thrift store offers the everyday and the unusual

Don Smith holds up a bowling ball for sale at ReSale-2-U. They plan to put a price tag on it – but not before they go bowling and see what reaction they get. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

You’re looking for something cool and different, but not quite sure what.

Resale-2-U, a new store selling used items in south Keizer, might be your place.

$5 mattresses? Sure!

A $25 couch? Why not?

A chess set from the Civil War? Absolutely!

A bowling ball with a skull in it? … Huh?

Besides the thrill of a bargain, part of the kick of a thrift store is finding something you won’t get anywhere else.

“It’s kinda like treasure hunting, you know?” said Don Smith, who co-owns the new store along with his wife Donna. They own a medical transportation company and see plenty of clients in need.

“We carry around a lot of needy people … they don’t have clothes, sometimes their kids are sleeping on the floor,” Donna said.

The pair said they’re trying to keep their wares at about 50 percent of larger thrift stores in the area. Included in their current selection is furniture, clothes, electronics and all kinds of random items you never knew you wanted until you saw them.

“We have unique things we really promote ourselves on,” Donna said.

They’re also collecting items to give to needy folks in the area.
On some items they’re willing to negotiate prices, Donna said, and they’re keeping a list of wanted items from customers.

“If we come across it we’ll call or give them the first opportunity,” Donna said.

The Smiths got their current stock from going to storage auctions, garage sales and the like. They’re hoping to get donations, which can be exchanged for store credit.

Located at 3824 River Road N., they’re open Tuesday through Saturday.

“Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life” by Hal Needham

Stuntman by Hal Needham
Stuntman by Hal Needham

“Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life” by Hal Needham

c.2011, Little, Brown and Company
$25.99 / $28.99 Canada
320 pages


A towel is not a cape.

That’s a hard lesson you learned once, long ago, when you jumped off the roof with a rectangle of terry-cloth tied around your neck. Likewise, flapping your arms will not allow you to fly and walking into a wall doesn’t guarantee you’ll go through it.

Several cuts, scrapes, maybe a broken bone later and you learned, but there’ll always be a part of you that wishes you could have done cool tricks like in the movies. So read about a guy who lives the dream in “Stuntman! My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life” by Hal Needham.

If you’re a movie buff, you know how much you hate fakey stunts. Not only does your brain scream, “That’s impossible!” but it ruins the film. Such was movie-going before Hal Needham began his career.

Needham was born in the hills of Arkansas, the son of a sharecropper. Life was hard: there was no running water in their two-room home, the family’s meals came out of the garden or the nearby woods, and they moved a lot. Still, Needham says, it was all he knew then.

When World War II began, Needham’s stepfather moved the family to St. Louis, where Needham learned to work hard. Though he was just ten years old, he brought money into the household, to the detriment of his education.

By ninth grade, Needham had left school and started working with a tree-cutting service because the pay was good and he was unafraid of heights. When he was old enough, he joined the army to fight in the Korean War and became a paratrooper. He also became a seamstress and a loan shark while in the service, and he met a man who was on his way to Hollywood.

That man hired Needham to jump from an airborne Cessna 150 airplane onto a galloping horse. And a stuntman was born.

Throughout his career, Needham worked with dozens of stars in dozens of movies, TV shows, commercials, and promotional films. He founded the first stuntman group to include women and minorities. His creativity changed the way stunts were done and movies were made.

And he broke fifty-six bones and his back – twice.

You know how you like to watch a really good, action-packed movie? Well, reading “Stuntman!” is like that, only better.

Author Hal Needham made his story as exciting as a stampede, as free-wheeling as a 10-story fall, and as funny as a Cannonball Run. He brags a bit (which he says stuntmen usually hate) and he drops names all over the place (something I usually hate), but it fits in this memoir, so I didn’t mind here. I thought reading “Stuntman!” was a very different, surprisingly revealing, wildly fun way to spend some free-time, somewhat like sneaking off to a Saturday afternoon 99-cent matinee on a rainy day. The only difference is, the book lasts longer.

So take off your X-ray glasses and pass the popcorn. For movie buffs and daredevil wanna-be’s, scoring “Stuntman!” is a pretty cool trick.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

They said it! (Hearing on big box)

“As a commission we really tried to focus on the overall master plan and not any specific rumors of who might be in some of those buildings.”
– Albert Castaneda, Planning Commissioner

“Today if we had that three-story (mixed use) building fully leased we still probably couldn’t finance it.”
– Alan Roodhouse, RPS Development

“Making decisions based on criteria instead of populist demands is difficult.”
– Wendie Kellington, Developer attorney

“With this large of a store, I think you’re going to have considerably more traffic issues than are being realized at this point.”
– Sandi King

“It’s true that change can be disruptive, but without it we can’t have progress.”
– Eric Meurer

“Has there been a community retail impact review done by the city? … Or are we just supposed to believe the land developer?”
– Carol Doerfler

“The Council doesn’t have the latitude to say, ‘Oh we changed our mind and we’re not going to allow anything over 10,000 square feet.’ That decision has been made.”
– Nate Brown, Comm. Dev. Director

“Let the people voice their desires by waiting for the results of this election and then act on the plans for Area C.  Otherwise, it seems obvious that the desires of the developer are more important than the desires of the citizens who elected you into your positions.”
– Rhonda Rich

“Would you want your neighbors and the rest of the city to be able to vote on what you do with that property after you’ve applied?”
– Shannon Johnson, City Attorney

“We believe this plan will ignite living wage job possibilities (and) will generate additional customers for River Road businesses.”
– Rich Duncan, Keizer Chamber president

“It seems there’s no pleasing them unless development is stopped. Period.”
– Letter from former Councilor Jacque Moir

“You are being perceived … as ramrodding this through against the will of the citizens.”

– Daniel Evans

Girls bowling headed to state

The McNary girls bowling team, (front to back) Carissa Ventura, Ashley Mayne, LeAnne Miller, Jocee Freeman and Marrisa Miller, will compete in the state tournament as a wild card team Saturday, Feb. 26. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

It’s not unusual for the McNary girls bowling team to get a bit rowdy on the lanes.

“We tend to get really loud, but it’s how we get our play going and it’s the thing that helps us bond as a great team,” said Marrisa Miller, a senior on the team.

It’s hard to argue with the strategy, while the team ended the season in third place in the district, the girls earned themselves an invite to the state tournament as a wild card. Team captain Jocee Freeman rolled into the ranks of the district’s All Star Team during the district tournament and several other Celts missed the team by just a few marks. Two wild card slots in the state tournament are offered to the third place teams in the district with the most teams overall.

“Even though we didn’t take first in districts, we’re making it to state and that was one of our major goals,” said Carissa Ventura.

Getting in as a wild card should not at all reflect adversely on the the team itself, said Kathy Kaplan, who co-coaches the team with Ted Natividad.

“These girls are fun to work with, they believe in themselves and they want to represent McNary well,”