Day: May 14, 2010

Patricia Ann Kranitz

Mrs. Kranitz, of Keizer, died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the age of 67. A Celebration of Life with a reception after will be held at 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Keizer Funeral Chapel.

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Jean Strickler Whelchel

Mrs. Whelchel, of Keizer, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the age of 95. She was born to Carl and Grace Strickler in Mill Valley, Calif., on November 13, 1914. She was the oldest of four children. She pumped gas, drove a school bus, modeled clothes, played piano, loved to cook, and travelled to all but two countries in the world. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 64 years, Clair Whelchel; and two siblings. Survivors are her daughter, Carley Reed (Tom) and son Gary Whelchel (Phyllis); the one they considered family, Rev. Charles Crose; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister; many nieces and nephews; and a lot of namesakes. The family wishes to express its heartfelt thanks for all the help and support from Avamere Retirement Center in Keizer. The Rev. Charles Crose is to officiate at a brief family-only service at her crypt, and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Keizer B.P.O.E Elks on Friday May 28, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Willamette Humane Society or a charity of your...

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Intensity, anxiety increase as Junior Miss program draws near

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes Expect the anxiety level to increase for the 22 Keizer’s Junior Miss (KJM) contestants. Since February, the juniors practiced in the upper gym at McNary High School. But this week the girls moved to the theatre following the final showing of “Romeo and Juliet.” And just like that the tone of the competition changes. Dress rehearsal is set for tonight with the program set for tomorrow (Saturday, May 15) at 7 p.m. “We finally get to be on stage,” said Cathy Williams, program coordinator. “They’ll be focusing on their talents (this week).” While the contestants have generally been practicing their talents on their own time, they’ve been rehearsing their fitness routine and poise since the beginning, usually in one of McNary’s upper gyms. Sisters Julianne and Jamie Opra are members of a volunteer crew that numbers more than 15. They’re responsible for choreographing the fitness and poise routines. This marks the third year the sisters have choreographed the routines for KJM. In doing so, they’re carrying on a family tradition. Their mother, Mary Opra, is a former Junior Miss contestant and has been involved with the program for years. “When we were little we used to always memorize the fitness routines by watching the contestants on stage, and so we’ve always loved being involved in choreography. It was just something we liked to...

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Insanely heading into the future?

By ROSS DAY Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “Doing something over and over again and expecting different results.”  It’s kind of like pushing on a door that says “pull.” The door never opens, but you keeping pushing it, hoping it will eventually open. That is how I feel here in Oregon sometimes.  Well, actually a lot of the time.  Oregon recently fell to 43rd in the Race to the Top competition for federal grants for education.  This year, the state did not even bother to compete because the state did not want to be embarrassed by its poor performance again. Then there is Oregon’s notable unemployment rate, which is still among the top five highest in the nation. And if a poor education system and high unemployment weren’t enough, guess what Oregon is facing next year? A $2.5 billion budget shortfall that the Oregon Legislature has no idea how to bridge. So what do Oregon’s problems and Einstein’s definition of insanity have in common?  Einstein’s  definition of insanity accurately describes how Oregonians have reacted to these problems – insanely. For years we have heard from the politicians that Oregon’s education system is under performing, that we need to strengthen education, and we need to support our teachers.  Every year Oregonians elect the same politicians to the legislature and the governorship expecting different results.  But every year we just...

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