About a half a dozen ladies gathered last night at the Broadway Coffeehouse to learn how to make mats out of plastic bags and sleeping bags out of rags, a project that was started by Dana Canning to help the homeless.“I started this project in October, and have eight bags ready to stuff and give out,” said Dana, who lives in Turner. Dana was motivated by the website, The Sleeping Bag Project, to reach out to the homeless in the Salem area.View Post
Corey Benson, a Farmers Insurance Agent and Boy Scout Troop 50 volunteer, was in a bit of pickle. The troop had planned a game night for the boys and the planned venue fell through on short notice.
“Capitol City Theater came in like a super hero and offered their location and made these boys beyond happy,” Corey said.
“Every month is our troop camp–out, but in December, it is cold and wet and the boys spend quite a bit of time selling Christmas Trees for fundraising at the lot,” he explained. “So we do a game night indoors as a camp–out.”
We asked for some “GOOD” advice from Terri Ellen, owner of Natures Pet Market Salem to take into the New Year: “I’m too young to retire and too old not to follow my passion,” I said as I jumped off the cliff, quit my corporate job, and opened Nature’s Pet Market right in the middle [...]View Post
When Cameron “Corky” Kyle noticed his pool carrying case had been stolen, he was devastated. Corky owns Kolby’s Restaurant Bar and Billiards in Keizer. He called around to let the pool community know to be on the lookout for its contents.View Post
More than 25 years ago, Keizer merchants began a Gift Basket program to brighten Christmas for underprivileged children in town.Five years ago, the program changed hands to the Keizer Network of Women, an arm of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.
“We fell in love with the fact that we could make a difference,” said Audrey Butler, with KNOW. “There is such a need – people don’t even realize. It’s a blessing and we are the recipients!”View Post
Far from just another roadside café, the Dexter Lake Club is all about supporting upcoming musicians. Shannon and Gregg are working their tails off to become a music destination. To celebrate their first year of business, the two have invited musician Otis Day to perform this weekend. Otis hasn’t been back to the roadhouse since the filming of the iconic movie 34 years ago.View Post
This Christmas, Troutman Photography is broadening their 13-year involvement in the community by providing high-quality pet portraits to benefit the Willamette Humane Society.
“We like working with pets,” Clare Taylor said. “We have gotten all of our dogs over the years from shelters. It’s who we are. We are dog people.”Liking dogs in one thing, but being able to catch expressions and a memorable talent takes skill.“You can’t say to a dog sit still and hang out,” Clare said. “You have to be willing to get on the floor and play, so they can get comfortable just like a kid.”
A licensed acupuncturist with Jade Earth Acupuncture, Echo wants to send a little love to her neighbors by hosting a free pain clinic 9 a.m. and noon on Friday, Dec. 7, one of two she hosts each month at her business. “Why?” she proposed. “Like the blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, ‘I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.’ We love you, our neighbors!”View Post
Mark Offenbacher, a certified health coach at Healthy Hearts, admits that he struggled with his weight as a child. As Mark got older he got more active and became an avid cycler and runner. Yet at 56, he had a heart attack that doctors dubbed a “widow maker.” “My left artery was 98 percent closed,” Mark said. ‘It was the kind of heart attack if you don’t make it to the hospital in time, they don’t talk about it because you don’t make it.”View Post
Teresa Sanders’ strawberry freezer jam does more than just taste good! Teresa’s jam makes her son-in-law Steve Mucha’s customers’ mouths water.
“People always ask to buy it, and we’ve always politely declined because we didn’t want her to work that hard,” said Steve, long-time restaurateur and owner of Word of Mouth From-Scratch Neighborhood Bistro in Salem with his wife, Becky.