Month: April 2010

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be on May 6

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Keizer Civic Center. Hosted by Mayor Lore Christopher, the event invites representatives of all faiths to give thanks for the world, nations, country, state, city, workplaces, families and children. [MAP: 1] Speaker is Councilor Cathy Clark. A Los Angeles native, Clark moved to Oregon after earning a master’s degree in biology from Kansas State University. She, along with husband Kevin, daughter Emilene and son Alex, moved to Keizer in 1989. Here they had two more children: Allison, 19, and Alana, 17. Cost is $15 in advance. Call the Keizer Chamber of Commerce at 503-393-9111 by May 3 to RSVP. The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is a fundraiser for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, which partnered with the late former Mayor Bob Newton to start the event. It’s held on the same day as the National Day of Prayer, which by law is held on the first Thursday in May. It was a tradition established by President Harry S. Truman, and President Ronald Reagan set the date in 1982. Traditionally, the president has signed a proclamation each year, although different administrations played up the event to varying degrees. However, it hasn’t come without controversy. Earlier this month a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled the presidential proclamation unconstitutional, saying it “amounts to...

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It’s crunch time for McNary baseball

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes One only needs to glance at the Central Valley Conference standings to understand just how important one day of baseball can be. The Celtics (5-4, 8-8) began the week in a dead heat with Redmond for the league’s fourth and final playoff spot. The teams are tied at 5-6, with seven games remaining in league. Which means the Monday, May 3, doubleheader between the Panthers and visiting McNary could all but decide matters. A sweep would be devastating for the sweepee. Look for McNary to start aces Zach Moeller and Spencer Ross. But solid pitching can only do so much. “To be successful, we need players one through nine to contribute,” said McNary Coach Craig Nicholas. “We don’t have anyone in the lower levels that can help us out; believe me, I have looked.” It would help if McNary started playing better defense. The team lost to North Lake last Friday, April 23, in large part because it committed four errors. “I really wish that we would go out and play and stop making mental mistakes,” said Nicholas. At this point in the season, we are normally playing well and eyeing the playoffs. It seems that we are going the wrong way, and that has been most of the season.” Against North Salem on Friday, April 23, carelessness in the field ruined a...

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Cyclist hopes ‘100 Miles of Nowhere’ fund-raiser will lead to cancer cure

On Saturday, May 8, Keizer resident and McNary High School teacher Jeremy Everitt will ride a stationary bicycle more than 100 miles at Salem’s Riverfront Park, where he will also provide information about LIVESTRONG’s mission and services. Everitt will ride a stationary bike one mile for every $10 donated as a part of the third annual “100 Miles of Nowhere” event.  He rode 176 miles after fundraising last year and hopes to exceed that total this year by raising an additional $2,500. The “100 Miles of Nowhere” began as a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation by founder, Elden Nelson.  Last year, 421 riders around the world, from England to Qatar to the United States to Australia, participated in the race.  This year the event boasts 500 participants from around the globe, all riding in short loops or on stationary bicycles. Nelson also founded Team Fat Cyclist to participate in Team LIVESTRONG and the LIVESTRONG Challenge. Team Fatty, as it is referred to, broke records last year for number of members and total money by raising almost $800,000 for LIVESTRONG. “I am proud to join hundreds of other Team Fatty members and thousands of other Team LIVESTRONG participants across the country who are raising funds and awareness for the fight against cancer,” Everitt said.  “Together, we are helping people with cancer live life on their own terms.”...

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