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Day: November 12, 2012

Two vehicle crash closes Plymouth


A two-vehicle accident briefly shut down Plymouth Drive NE in Keizer around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The accident happened directly in front of the entrance to the Keizer/Salem Senior Center and involved a green early 1990s Honda Accord coupe and a late-model silver Mazda 6.

“The green car was eastbound,” officer Dan Kelley said on the scene. “The silver car was westbound and turned in front of the Honda.”

The two vehicles hit right front-to-right front, with the vehicles ending up side-by-side, slightly facing to the west.

Kelley said the Mazda was driven by an elderly male, who appeared to be OK and was tended to on site by medics. The driver of the Honda, a male in his 20s, was transported to the Salem Hospital. Kelley did not have an update on his status.

Kelley said citations could be issued later.

Julie Starr Hook to appear at Third Thursday


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The Keizer Heritage Center will present local author Julie Starr Hook at its Third Thursday event on November 15. Hook, an organization expert, will give creative tips for managing the holiday season.

Hook will talk about how to plan efficient shopping trips, gift wrapping and baking days during the holidays. Among other topics will be: creative gift ideas, holiday meal planning, how to make holiday cards less stressful, and preparing for overnight guests.

Determining the have to’s and don’t want to’s during the holiday season will be a crowd pleaser. The author will also take questions from the audience.

Julie Starr Hook, of Salem, is owner of Five Star Organizing and Design. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Her book, “From Frazzled to Freedom” an encouraging book about how to get organized room-by-room and teaching how to maintain the organized life that currently eludes many modern families.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Center.  Admission is free. Plenty of parking is available at the Keizer Heritage Center.

“Custer” by Larry McMurtry

Custer” by Larry McMurtry

c.2012, Simon & Schuster
$35.00 / $40.00 Canada
179 pages



You’ll always wonder about the truth.

But since you’re not a high-ranking government official, not privy to political goings-on or world affairs, and you don’t have a time machine, you’ll always wonder what really happened in battle, old or new.

What was on Harry Truman’s mind, for instance, at the end of World War II?  How did General Hooker truly feel as he rode into Chancellorsville?

Sometimes, it helps to know that you’ll never know. As you’ll see in the new book “Custer” by Larry McMurtry, the truth often dies with leaders of war.

In 1876, about 40 million people lived in the United States. America was a growing nation and nobody was more dismayed about it than its Natives.

Indians then were “periodically paraded through Washington or New York” in order to impress upon them the “futility of… resistance.”

But resistance there was. In the 1860s and 1870s, Indians organized uprisings, killed white immigrants “in messy ways,” and fought against takeover of their land. There was a “Peace Policy” that was widely jeered, and 350 treaties were broken.

Into this mix, the Army sent Custer.

George Armstrong Custer, who was a favorite of General Philip Henry Sheridan, had graduated from West Point 34th out of 34 and directly entered the Civil War. Ulysses Grant reportedly didn’t like Custer much but Custer’s cavalry skills made him a hero during the war.

War was “sport” for Custer. It gave him ambition, a career, and undeniable arrogance. McMurtry says Custer also lacked empathy, although he loved his family and animals. As for his men, he was less sentimental: deserters – and there were many – were hunted down and shot. His troops, it’s been said, hated him.

On June 25, 1876, Custer, ignoring counsel and command, ordered his men to the mouth of the Little Bighorn River. It was midday and troops were “very tired” from miles of marching, but he divided them into three groups and attacked.

McMurtry says Custer expected to fight a few hundred Natives.

There were ten thousand Indians there…

Several times throughout his book, author Larry McMurtry says that he never intended it to be a definitive volume on the life of Custer. This isn’t, therefore, a deep look into the history of G.A. Custer, Little Bighorn, or Native American relations.

But I loved it anyhow.

Part of the appeal of “Custer” is McMurtry himself. Fans of this author will appreciate his almost waggish treatment of Custer and the stories that surround him and his career, and they’ll like the concise, distinct McMurtry-style overview of it all.

What I liked most, though, are the illustrations. McMurtry pulled together artwork by Western artists, maps, and authentic photographs from the Civil War through the late 1880s. The latter, especially, are striking, strangely affecting and are reason alone to own this book.

Yep, it’s a keeper. I believe, in fact, that if you’re into Custerology or if you’re a history buff, there’s one word to remember when asked what you want this gift-giving season: “Custer.”

Because it’s truly impressive.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Open house at KPD Nov. 13


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The Keizer Police Department is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 930 Chemawa Road NE.

While the police department facility is generally restricted to public access beyond the reception area, citizens will be allowed access to most areas within the secure building including the booking room, sally port and temporary holding cells.  Police officers, supervisors and commanders will be available to meet the public, demonstrate police equipment and answer questions.

Various exhibits will be on display including patrol vehicles, traffic motorcycles and the mobile command trailer.  McGruff the Crime Dog will be on-hand to meet and greet children.  Free gun locks and child identification kits will also be available. A special K-9 police service dog retirement and commissioning event will commence at 7:30 p.m. in the main lobby.