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Month: April 2012

Arrest made in Safeway pharmacy robbery

Of the Keizertimes

Police have made an arrest in a Safeway pharmacy robbery earlier this month.

The arrest came after the agency released several surveillance photos of the suspect. Tips coming into the agency identified him by name, according to Capt. Jeff Kuhns of Keizer Police. Follow-up from Det. Vaughan Edsall led to probable cause for arrest, Kuhns added.

Patrick S. Baker (Photo courtesy Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Arrested was Patrick S. Baker, 35, for robbery and theft, both in the second degree. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Police responded to the store, located at 4990 River Road N., at about 8:35 p.m.  Friday, April 13. Officers were told a man entered the business, went to the pharmacy window and demanded painkillers. He said he had a gun. After receiving the pills, he fled the store.

“For Better or For Work” by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

“For Better or For Work” by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

c.2012, Inc. Original
$23.95 U.S. & Canada
254 pages



Your boss can be such a tyrant.

He makes you labor extra hours; in fact, he thinks it’s natural that work has consumed your life. She’s a workaholic and believes you are, too. He’s obsessed with the biz, hopes you’re the same and by the way, he’s your spouse, so now what?

How does one survive when half of a marriage embraces entrepreneurship but that half isn’t you?  What do you do when you didn’t sign on for workaholism? Find out by reading “For Better or For Work” by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg.

Your spouse has a dream of being his own boss. He’s filled out reams of paperwork, commandeered a corner of the basement, and quit his “day job” to throw himself into the endeavor. This, of course, affects you, your family, and your bank-book, not necessarily in that order.

So when an “entrepreneurial business sucks the entire family into its vortex” and credit cards are maxed on something you fear may fail, how do you cope? How can you trust, remain supportive, and keep the faith?

First of all, says Hirshberg, expect challenges. Businesses, like babies, need constant nurturing (although probably for a longer time). Work and home will overlap (especially if you work for the biz, too) and you’ll have disagreements, but remember that there are “no don’t-go-to-bed-angry policies” in your new HR manual.

Always, always communicate. Decide how much stress can you both tolerate, and how much risk.  Where will the money come from, and are you prepared to ask relatives (a whole ‘nother stress-source) for funds?

Be willing to set limits. While it’ll be impossible to avoid bringing work home, non-work activities are important, too. Continue to fairly divvy up childcare and household chores; know when to dumb down the smartphone; and if yours is a home-based business, remember that the kids live there, too.

Finally, says Hirshberg, be prepared for surprises. Don’t hide resentments. Watch for fissures in the marriage and talk things out. Sketch out a dissolution plan, even if you’re not thinking along those lines, because it’s “easy to fall in love with” an entrepreneur and just as easy to fall out.

If ever there’s been a must-read for starting a business, this one’s it – but if you’re the starter, “For Better or For Work” is not for you.

Using interviews and her own experiences as the wife of a business-builder, author Meg Cadoux Hirshberg shows a keen understanding of what a spouse goes through when married to an entrepreneur.  What’s really great is that Hirshberg “tried to examine every major area where entrepreneurship and domestic life intersect…” and in doing so, she gives non-entrepreneurial spouses food for thought and ways to steel themselves for what’s surely to come.  That’s beneficial beyond belief.

This book is honest, it’s filled with examples, it has talking points at the end of each chapter, and if you’ve hitched your star to a future business star, then you absolutely need it. For richer and for poorer, “For Better or For Work” can only help.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Panera Bread has plans for Keizer location

Of the Keizertimes

A Panera Bread bakery and cafe is coming to Keizer.

A representative for the company confirmed that a bakery and cafe would be opening in Keizer, but an opening date has not yet been set.

Describing itself as a “quick-casual” restaurant, the menu includes sandwiches, soups, pastries, bagels and more than a dozen fresh bread varieties.

It will be the first in the Salem area. Seven Panera Bread locations are already in Oregon – six in the Portland area and one in Corvallis.

Preliminary review documents submitted to the City of Keizer show a planned location at Keizer Station.

Headquartered in St. Louis, the company operates some 1,541 stores in 40 states and in Ontario, Canada as of late last year, with plans to open between 115 and 120 this year. It also operates Saint Louis Bred Co. and Paradise Bakery and Cafe. It was founded in 1981. Stock trades on the NASDAQ exchange under PNRA, with $1.8 billion in revenue in 2011 and net income of $135 million.


Students honored for safety film effort

Salem Academy students Austin Coburn and Jonah Netland won a $400 award for their school for directing and acting in a safety video. (Submitted photo)

Two Salem Academy High School students took home second place statewide honors and a $400 prize Saturday April 14 for creating a winning “Save a Friend, Work Safe” public service announcement aimed to help prevent young worker injuries and fatalities and increase safety awareness.

Junior Austin Coburn of Keizer created, filmed, and edited the video The Safety Police in which he and Jonah Netland acted.

The awards were presented at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem and the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O [yes]), a charitable organization with a wide range of public and private partners, with the goal of keeping Oregon young workers safe sponsored the contest.

The high schools associated with the first, second, and third place contest winners receive a matching prize. Salem Academy teacher Randy Carruthers has plans for his video production class to build their own video camera dolly with a portion of the prize money.

Check out the video below.

View the rest of the videos here.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast


Friday, April 27 is the last day to make your reservations for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3.

Tickets are $15 for breakfast with coffee and juice. It’s from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center.

This year’s event also includes a peanut butter drive to stock shelves at the Keizer Community Food Bank with healthy protein.

This is the 14th year of the event, held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.

RSVP at or by calling 503-393-9111. The event is presented by Select Impressions.

Keizerite to compete in state pageant

Brandi Urban

Keizerite Brandi Urban, 15, has been selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss pageant.

Brandi, the daughter of Crystal and Brandan Urban, will now compete in the American Miss Oregon Pageant to be held May 26-28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland. Contestants are ages 13-15.

Brandi is part of the McNary High School Sparx Dance Team, McNary orchestra and the McNary colorguard.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her sponsors are Albany Auxiliary FOE #2255, Charisma Salon, Fisher Photography, Keizer Big Town Hero and friends and family.

The winner of the state pageant receives a $1,000 cash award, official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Contestants are judged on their inner beauty, poise and presentation.

For more information about National American Miss pageants, visit,

Brat Pack meets the Bard

Rudy Trevino does his best Ben Stein impression at the head of the class. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Jadi Dicksa had a difficult assignment when it came to preparing for her role in McNary High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She had to figure out what William Shakespeare’s mischief-maker, Puck, and Madonna had in common.

“I knew a lot about the ‘80s movies, but I didn’t know a lot about the music. The challenge for me was researching who Shakespeare intended Puck to be and researching Madonna and how she fit into that through her music and performances,” Dicksa said.  “One of my favorite aspects is working with my body movements and being a big character.”

It will all make a bit more sense for audiences once they sit down for one of the upcoming shows slated for April 27-28 and May 3-5. Tickets are $5 at the door and curtain time is 7 p.m. for all shows except May 5, the show will begin at 8 p.m. that night.

The production marries Shakespearean language, with a few more “likes,” and the Eighties teen movies aesthetic honed to a razor’s edge by John Hughes in movies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Teagan Qual plays Nick Bottom, the “Ducky,” of the ensemble and thinks the language and the era gel well.

“A big part of our research has been going online and looking at the video clips from John Hughes’ films to make sure we’re getting it all right,” Qual said.

“A lot of my homework was watching those films and the basis for my character is Blaine from Sixteen Candles,” said Anthony Aguilar, who plays Demetrius, the jerk of the show.

If that, dear reader, doesn’t make you feel quite old enough, keep in mind that a parent volunteered their time to come in and instruct the cast the finer points of 80s hairstyles. The students looked at a teasing comb like a relic from a bygone, doomed civilization.

“I’ve actually liked [setting it in a different era] because it put a different lens on my view of Shakespeare and how the work is relevant to times other than when he was alive,” said Dylan Bunten, who plays Lysander.

The upshot of the update is that the visual cues make some of the more difficult Shakespearean language easier to understand, said Alyssa Johnson, who plays Hermia, the entitled, popular lead.

“I’ve enjoyed how hard we’ve worked on it,” Johnson said. “We have this big fight scene that we’ve put blood, sweat and tears into every day, but it’s so fun and so exhausting.”

The scene is also a favorite of Belladina Starr, who plays Hermia.

“It really is the scene where we get to go all out and be crazy and it’s fun to see everybody embrace that and carry around backstage, too,” Starr said.

Bret Goesch, Danny Rosales and Tucker James play Tom Snout, Peter Quint and Robin Starvling, respectively. They are part of the nerdier crew, The Mechanicals, who are producing a play-within-the-play.

“Our parts aren’t written in Shakespearean verse like the rest of the show, but in the common language of the Shakespearean time so that’s a bit different,” Goesch said.

While they run in a pack, their best friends are actually their possessions. Goesch befriends his math book, Rosales has an affinity for his calculator watch and James’ steady companion is a Chewbacca action figure. What they’ve enjoyed most about the updated setting is finding new ways to breathe life into old roles.

“Acting is one of my passions and trying to see how far we can go with them or bring them to a whole different level,” Rosales said.

“You start with the base that Shakespeare gave you, but then you put yourself into it,” added James.

Local man paralyzed in wreck

Chris Frey, at left, was paralyzed in a crash in eastern Oregon. Friends are raising funds to help the family transition, including finding and converting a home to suit his needs. (File)

Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer man was paralyzed in a recent crash in eastern Oregon, and friends are helping to raise funds to assist his family.

Chris Frey, 30, was riding in a truck on his way back from a hunting trip when the vehicle hit a patch of ice. He attempted to escape when it started rolling, but he was thrown from the vehicle and it landed on his lower body. Frey is still hospitalized in Boise, Idaho with extensive injuries, including a severed spinal cord, broken legs, back, ribs and shoulder. He waited in the forest for two hours before a LifeFlight helicopter was able to arrive.

But Jennifer Barnett, a family friend, points to the positives: His internal organs were virtually untouched, and he suffered no head trauma.

“He stayed calm and made it through and got to the hospital. He’s had quite a few surgeries,” she said.

Frey is a lifelong area resident and a 2000 graduate of McKay High School and works as a delivery driver for Food Services of America.

His wife, Cherise, is attempting to get her husband transferred to Providence Medical Center as soon as the doctors allow. They have two young daughters, ages 4 and 2.

“They’re just a fun, active family,” Barnett said “.He’s an amazing father and he loves his girls like no other – completely dedicated to them. Very understanding, funny, very open-minded – a lover of all things.”

He learned earlier this week that his injuries had made him a paraplegic.

“It was definitely emotional, but he’s not a quitter,” Barnett said. “From what his family said, he took it pretty well, as well as it could be taken.”

The family is in Boise now with him, she said, and numerous friends are offering help in whatever way they can. But needless to say, adjusting to a new life will be a struggle: Camping is one of their biggest hobbies, and their Keizer home isn’t equipped, and is not well-suited, for accommodating Chris once he comes home.

Fundraisers will be announced on a Facebook page created to support the family. Donations can be made at any Maps Credit Union to The Chris Frey Family Fund.

S-K Schools budget ready for board approval

For the Keizertimes

A 2012-13 budget reflecting a $200,000 drop in revenue was officially recommended by the Salem-Keizer School District budget committee Tuesday.

The budget, which totals $578,990,853, was recommended with only one negative vote. It will go before the School Board for a public hearing and final vote at a 6 p.m. meeting May 8.

It breaks down into a $343,423,734 general fund, $49,758,990 for debt servicing, $87,940,605 for capital projects, $75,234, 150 in special revenue funds (food services, asset replacements, grants, fee-supported programs and the energy conservation program, $75,234,150 in internal service funds (risk management, miscellaneous services and charter school services), a $480,000 enterprise fund (services contracted out) and a $38,300 trust fund.

The committee met Monday as well as Tuesday and took public testimony both nights. Monday, three people spoke from the audience.

Eduardo Angulo, chair of the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, commented that the most important objective of his group was keeping teachers highly motivated to achieve high academic standards.

“We have progressed but not reached that goal,” he said. Regarding the budget, he said, “We have cut to the bone.”

The two others spoke up for music programs. Alan Bushong, president of Friends of Music, noted that 10 music positions had been cut after the administration said it would cut three.

Sam Skillern, describing himself as “one crazy music booster now,” said, “We want to make sure that all kids have access to music.”

Superintendent Sandy Husk summarized the reactions of district employees to reductions as three: missing laid-off colleagues and services cut, wanting more time to interact professionally, and seeking technological improvements as they rely more on technology as a substitute for former colleagues.

Husk also said that the usual budgetary goal is to have an ending fund balance of 5 to 7 percent, but that to avoid further reductions, the district is now aiming at 3 percent.

Tuesday, Kathleen Sundell, president of the Salem-Keizer Education Association, spoke from the audience. Calling the problems revenue-related rather than expense-related, she said: “We do not want any more cuts. We want time. We support the budget message.”

Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, a budget committee member, asked Tuesday about possibilities of restoring jobs in the next school year in case more revenue came in. Husk said that because teacher hirings affect more than one school year, more revenue could provide only short-term additions to services.

Lloyd Chapman, a committee member, noted that the 2010-11 budget included $600,000 for travel expenses and proposed that the new travel budget be reduced by $100,000 that he thought could be shifted to counseling. Ron Jones, who is on the School Board as well as the committee, said the travel budgeting increase seemed necessary because of increasing transportation expenses.

Chuck Lee, the Keizer-area board member, said that after the considerable time and effort staff had put into preparing the budget proposal, the committee should assume that it gave proper consideration to travel.

Chapman and Jeff Faville, also a board member, cast the only votes for Chapman’s proposal.

Jim Green, a board member and last year’s budget committee chair, said that cutting the ending fund balance to 3 percent was “irresponsible” but had to be done because of long-term considerations for students. Like Sundell, he said the problem was revenue, not expenses.

Chapman called Green’s comments “right on target.”

Committee member Susan Ray blamed the financial problems on Oregon’s consistent refusals to approve a sales tax.

Faville cast the lone vote against the recommendation. He explained that he wanted more items moved to the ending fund balance. Some items, he noted, were 50 percent more than corresponding amounts in the current budget.

Celebrating Keizer’s Heritage

Meredith Coy (right), reads to her children Lilian, 4, and Evy, 2, in the newly relocated Keizer Community Library. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

The Keizer Heritage Center unveiled its new look inside at a public open house held on Saturday, April 21.

About 150 roamed through the expanded Keizer Community Library, the new Heritage Museum space, and the remodeled Enid Joy Mount Gallery on the upper floor.

Attendees were serenaded with live music, enjoyed refreshments, answered a quiz to enter for door prizes which were awarded at the end of the event.

View more photos from this event in our photo gallery.