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August 31, 2012

Heard Around Town: Look, up in the sky, it's leaping Lederhaus

SALEM — There is only one Juli Lederhaus.

And then there are the rest of us, poor slobs making our way in a gray world.

The general manager of the Hawthorne Hotel is a redheaded, human dynamo who has been president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Rotary and a gazillion other groups.

She is not only tireless, but fearless.

She has gone parasailing in Mexico and zip-lining — traveling by a cable attached to a high wire — in Hawaii.

And she’s no kid. Think Eisenhower Administration.

Well, last weekend, against the pleadings of her hotel staff not to go, she jumped from an airplane 12,000 feet off the ground and tandem sky-dived back to earth. If you don’t believe us, go to YouTube and click on “Lederhaus Leaps.”

Here’s what she had to say about the paralyzing, nerve-wracking moments leading up to the jump: “I was actually never so calm as I was on that plane ride and jump.”

The only terror, she said, came later in the day.

When she got home, she climbed a 6-foot stepladder lugging an electric hedge trimmer. “I only cut the power cord once,” she said.

School uniforms

After polling parents and holding meetings, the public schools decided not to go with school uniforms this year.

The issue is still being mulled by some schools, but most concluded they need to focus on academic issues right now, rather than shirts and skirts.

Flood meeting

About 40 residents on Forrester and Emerton streets met at St. Nicholas Church on Monday night to discuss their ongoing flood problems.

When heavy rains fall at high tide, those streets are inundated with water that rises to 2 and 3 feet, or even higher.

One after one, residents rattled off the numbers of washers, dryers, furnaces, hot-water heaters and even cars they have lost in the floods. Like most of the city and region, the neighborhood suffered badly last October, but it also was hit with back-to-back drenchings this summer.

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