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Keizer Rotarians helped install
a donated greenhouse at Rickman
Community Garden Saturday, Nov.
Left: Rotarians set the greenhouse on
a new foundation. Below: The volun-
teers who helped gather for a photo.
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Today in History
A hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper parachutes from a
Northwest Orient Airlines 727 into a raging thunderstorm
over Washington State. He had $200,000 in ransom
money in his possession. The storm prevented an
immediate capture, and most authorities assumed he
was killed during his apparently suicidal jump. No trace
of Cooper was found during a massive search. In 1980, a
stack of nearly $5,880 of the ransom money was found in
the sands along the north bank of the Columbia River, ﬁ ve
miles from Vancouver, Washington. The fate of Cooper
remains a mystery.
— November 24, 1971
Food 4 Thought
“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”
— W. Clement Stone, businessman & philanthropist
The Month Ahead
Through Saturday, December 2
Pentacle Theatre presents A Christmas Carol, from the
classic story by Charles Dickens and adapted by John
Mortimer for The Royal Shakespeare Company. Tickets cost
$23 for weekday performances and $24 for weekend shows.
Through Sunday, January 21
Salem’s Riverfront Park will be home to the ﬁ rst seasonal ice
rink 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 116 Marion St. NE. Cost is $12
ages 3 to 12 and $15 13 and older for each 90 minute session
(includes skate rental).
Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26
Visit Santa at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, 101 Front Street.
From noon to 6 p.m. Event is free. Photos with Santa are $10.
For more information go to www.salemcarousel.org.
Tuesday, November 28
Keizer Public Arts Commission story pole design meeting,
6:30 to 8 p.m. Keizer Civic Center, 980 Chemawa Road N.E.
Target audience: middle and high school students.
Intake day for Keizer Art Association’s December show: Fire
and Ice. 3-7 p.m.keizerarts.com.
Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 23
Enlightened Theatrics presents A Charles Dickens Christmas.
Previews Nov. 29 and 30. Opening night Dec. 1, closing day
Dec. 23. Reserved seating admission is $20-$30, youth under
18 are 10 % off. Preview night only, admission is $10. Oregon
Thespian Members/Cardholders are free.
Friday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 26
Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Gubser neighborhood. Free admission but cash and food
donations for the Marion-Polk Food Share are welcome
Saturday, December 2
Countryside Christian Church 11th annual holiday bazaar, 9
a.m.-3 p.m.. More than 30 vendors, bake sale and rafﬂ e. Free.
5775 McLeod Lane NE.
Keizer Art Association reception for December show: Fire
and Ice. 2-4 p.m.
Santa arrives via helicopter at the Volcanoes Stadium. Free
photos and a visit with Santa. Noon to 3 p.m.
Cherry City Roller Derby Season 9, Bout 6: Panty Raiders vs
Rydell Belles, 7 p.m. at The Mad House, 1335 Madison Street
The Elsinore Theatre, located at 170 High Street N.E.,
presents, live on stage, A Charlie Brown Christmas. 2 p.m.
and 7 p.m. Seats are $15-$35. Go to www.elsinoretheatre.
com/elsinore-events.html for more information, or to
purchase tickets. Call 503-375-3574.
City Dance Theatre presents The Snowman’s Dance, noon
and 3 p.m. at McNary High School. Tickets are $10 and
available at the door or in advance at the studio, 3540 Brooks
Sunday, December 3
Sacred Heart – St. Louis Parish BBQ chicken dinner at
the church, 485 7th Street, in Gervais. Cost: $1 for adults,
$7 for kids 12 and younger. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sweet Shop
and Country Store will also be open featuring gifts, crafts,
homemade baked goods and candies as well as Christmas
wreaths and greens.
Christmas Unplugged with John Doan. Musician and
storyteller John Doan presents his Christmas Unplugged –
Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit program. Advance tickets are
$15 for adults and $10 for seniors, children, and students; or
$18 at the door. 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson Hall, 900 State Street
Monday, December 4
Ofﬁ cer retires after
27 years with KPD
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
When Offi cer David Bab-
cock joined the Keizer Po-
lice Department in 1990, he
couldn’t have imagined fi nding
a better gig.
“I thought it was the great-
est thing since sliced bread. At
the same time, there were a lot
of the older, saltier guys who
told me all the time how much
the job had changed and it was
time for them to get out,” Bab-
Twenty-seven years later,
Babcock has been feeling like
one of the old salties he didn’t
quite understand in his rookie
“We live in a different world
now and it feels like police al-
ways have to be on guard,” he
said. “The big thing I hope
people remember is that when
a police offi cer is talking with
you, it doesn’t mean we’re
thinking badly of you, we’re
just doing the job.”
The increased scrutiny of
police nationwide is still felt
keenly in departments like
Keizer, even with considerable
support from the citizens of
the city and within City Hall.
While his own attitudes have
changed over the years, Bab-
cock had nothing but praise
for the city and his peers.
“Keizer’s been blessed with
really, really good people to
work with. People ask me
about moving into Keizer or
working for KPD, I tell them
do it. We have good police,
great command staff and great
citizens,” he said.
Babcock holds a unique po-
sition in the department, he’s
the most senior offi cer on the
patrol team and has spent all of
his career on the streets.
“I like being out in the
middle of the fun,” he said.
“You know that when payday
is on a Thursday and there’s a
full moon Monday, you are in
for a ride.”
He’s worked on motorcycle
patrol, as the fi eld training of-
fi cer and been part of the area’s
accident reconstruction team.
While Hollywood portrays
things like accident recon-
struction as a three-dimen-
sional puzzle, Babcock said
that’s truly the smallest part of
“Most of it is math. You’re
putting the scene back to-
gether on paper before you do
anything else,” he said.
When he was going
through the six-week training
course, Babcock and his class-
mates fi lled more than a half-
dozen legal pads each working
As a fi eld training offi cer,
Babcock accompanies new
offi cers on the road before
they are cleared to patrol on
their own. For the most part
it means he’s gotten to watch
his students go off to bigger
and better things, but he’s also
gone through phases of being
the “hatchet man.”
“If an offi cer is struggling,
they get sent to me to docu-
ment their work. It means
some of them don’t get to be
cops, but I was able to help two
of them turn around and they
are some of the best cops out
there right now,” Babcock said.
With a new offi cer, Bab-
cock has always looked for
well-rounded individuals: a
good personality with a con-
trolled temper and capable of
going to blows if a situation
“Beyond that everyone has
their own approach and way of
doing the job,” he said.
His role as a training offi cer
has extended to the Depart-
ment of Public Safety Stan-
dards and Training (DPSST)
where he trains police acad-
emy students in high-speed
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Ofﬁ cer David Babcock is retiring this month after spending his
entire career with the KPD patrol unit.
driving, evacuation procedures,
vehicle stops and, on occasion,
gets into role-playing as part of
training scenarios. After a brief
mandatory vacation, he plans
to return to instructing offi cers
The calls he remembers
most fondly are the ones that
reaffi rmed the resilience of the
people he’s come in contact
“The calls in general where
children are involved. Some
in the KT
5 YEARS AGO
from 1-9 into
of each digit.
So must every
Third year McNary High
School principal John Honey
started what he calls police
dog exhibitions. He partnered
with local law enforcement
agencies to bring in police
dogs to do searches. The idea
is to keep drugs away from the
school. Students think its cool
and parents are excited.
10 YEARS AGO
JC’s Pizzaria reopens
after July kitchen ﬁ re
Will you do more of
your holiday shopping
online or in brick-and-
mortar stores this year?
45% – A mix of the two
36% – Online
18% – In stores
Gubser Elementary Choir performs at the Capitol rotunda.
Starts at 12 p.m.
Whitaker Middle School band concert. A-band plays at 6 p.m.
B-band plays at 7 p.m.
of them have been absolutely
pulled through the mud and
they are still bright-eyed and
happy to see you. The same
thing happens with abused
women,” he said. “Some of
them make it through all right
and go on to better lives. Those
stick with you.”
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The store was closed after a
fi re started in the deep fryer
causing an estimated $50,000
in damages. The business is re-
opened and has upgrades like
new overhead lighting and
white painted walls.
15 YEARS AGO
Gun mishap lands boy,
13, in hospital
A 13-year-old Keizer boy had
a close call when a friend, 14,
shot him in the arm with a
revolver. Keizer police said the
two boys skipped school and
were at the older boy’s home
when the shooting occurred.
The 14-year-old was arrested
on one count of third degree
20 YEARS AGO
Tax bills to mingle
with holiday mail
Property tax bills will go in the
mail and many Keizer home
owners can expect to pay less
than last year due to statewide
property tax limitations.