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Day: April 9, 2013

Quite the pet project

 

Laura Ayers (right) hands a stuffed poodle to Shaylee Key, 5, at the Keizer Community Food Bank March 28. Ayers has been doing such acts for eight years at the food bank. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Laura Ayers (right) hands a stuffed poodle to Shaylee Key, 5, at the Keizer Community Food Bank March 28. Ayers has been doing such acts for eight years at the food bank. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Laura Ayers does more than just give food at the Keizer Community Food Bank each Thursday.

Whenever she spots a child in line, the 83-year-old Laura becomes something of a child herself as she sneaks over to a bag and pulls out a stuffed animal.

“Most of the time I’ll hide the animal behind my back and tap them on the shoulder, then hand it to them,” Laura said. “Most of the time, the kids’ eyes just light up.”

Laura has been giving stuffed animals to children each Thursday morning for the past eight years. At times that has meant 15 to 20 a week, though these days it’s more like eight to 10 a week. Still, that means thousands of stuffed animals have been given away.


To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 5 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.

Fresh looks at bargain prices

Emily Engel (left) owns American Country Mercantile and gets help from several family members, including mom Sue Ansel (right). (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Emily Engel (left) owns American Country Mercantile and gets help from several family members, including mom Sue Ansel (right). (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Emily Engel usually doesn’t have to go far to see family.

Engel, owner of American Country Mercantile at 8030 Wheatland Road N. in Keizer, is surrounded by family at the craft consignment shop she took over two years ago.

“My mom helps me, my dad helps me and my mother-in-law helps me,” Engel said on a recent day, with smiling mom Sue Ansel close by. “It’s a family affair. All of the vendors love them.”

Engel used to have space in the store for five years when it was The Girl’s Back Porch. In late 2010, she bought the business from Dawn Davidson and Char Bachle, changing the name in the process.


To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the April 5 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.