Day: June 11, 2010

Danielle ‘Dani’ Coleman

Ms. Coleman, of Keizer, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010. She was 22 years old. An alumna of McKay High School, she was born in Portland and has lived in Marquam, Mt. Angel, Salem and Corvallis. Survivors include her son Matty, fiancé Tim Keeton, mother and step-father Christina and David Ellsworth of Salem, father Greg Coleman, brothers:  Matt, Anthony and Seth Coleman and Brady Goodall, all of Corvallis, step-father and spouse Tim (Siniva) Paxson; grandparents:  Tim and Jyl McCormick of Salem,  Gordon and Colleen McDonald; aunts and uncles:  Mitch and Ann Coleman, Dayton; Jon (Michelle Robin) Coleman of Mt. Angel, Thom (Anya Eck) Coleman of Brooktondale, NY; Beckie (Tom Naganuma) Calhoun of Portland and Elizabeth Calhoun of Seattle; Tamlyn Freeman, Sheri Magallanes and Richard Cooper.  Her cousins are Dara (Trevor) Abel; Mitchell, McCord, Krystal, Susan & Morgan Coleman, Jyliann Calhoun Derek Robin, Elisabeth Copler, Brandy Murray, Rickie Sprayberry and Stephanie and Keith Rivers. A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, June 9, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.  Contributions in Matty’s behalf may be made to Matty Landon Coleman at any U.S. Bank...

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Governor candidates both have issues

To the Editor: To win, it would seem, there’s at least one hurdle each that the two major-party candidates for Oregon governor must surmount.  That’s if a Democrat will succeed to an unprecedented third term or a Republican without any public office-holding experience will grasp the gubernatorial brass ring.  Incidentally, a third term governor has never happened in state history, while election to the office by someone without experience requires a trip back in time to the 1930s. In the case of John Kitzhaber, he left the position after two terms in a huff, grumbling angrily that the state was “ungovernable.”  His arguably greatest challenge now is to plainly answer these questions: What’s changed, Dr. Kitzhaber?  How so? The guy without office-holding experience, Chris Dudley, has so far mainly shown his ego for office.  As an opener, it’s reported, he’s not even practiced his citizenship by voting in public elections.  Meanwhile, he’s light as a feather on specifics about where he stands on critical issues of the day.  In fact, when asked, he’s only been able to say that, if elected, he will consider this or that major matter. He has made it clear, however, that he supports the private sector in most any and every venture each player there may seek.  So, the key question for Mr. Dudley is this: Are you going to work on behalf of all Oregonians or just some of the...

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Baseball is life

To the Editor: Baseball teaches a lot about life. Take for instance the unfortunate bad call by umpire Jim Joyce at a not so close play at first base. This happened with two outs in the ninth inning.  The runner was clearly out, but in the opinion of the umpire, Jason Donald was called safe. This mistake cost Detroit Tiger pitcher, Armando Galarraga, a perfect game in the record books. It was still a perfect game! There are many lessons to be learned from this game.  First, if this play had happened in the second inning, it would not have been so dramatic. Timing is a very critical factor in life. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is an example. Some folks think there should be instant replay in baseball, just like football. If there were and that play overruled, then we would not have witnessed the emotion and character of two extraordinary men.  We would not have seen an umpire, with tears on his cheek, apologizing to the pitcher for a blown call nor for the pitcher forgiving the umpire for his mistake. Although Galarrago was extremely disappointed, and rightfully so, he told Jim Joyce “nobody’s perfect” and graciously accepted the apology. Being able to admit your mistakes and being able to forgive has to come directly from the Bible. In life there are many...

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McNary band takes its act on the road

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes The McNary band’s road show drew rave reviews. As part of its outreach, the band recently played before Weddle, Kennedy and Forest Ridge elementary schools. “We absolutely loved it,” said Samantha Ragaisis, principal of Weddle School, when asked about last week’s performance. “It was an educational experience in instruments, sound and music. The band was fantastic.” Similar praise came from Judy Day, third grade teacher at Kennedy. “The kids loved it and were surprised about how the individual instruments sounded,” said Day. “I thought it was great because (McNary band director) David Hodges helped the children see what a band does, showing how the melody is carried, for example, and making the students think beyond what they heard.” And therein lies one purpose of the road show: To get youngsters to think about music. “We go to not just play for the kids, but to educate them about music,” said Hodges. “We talked about what components are necessary for something to be called music.” Students were also introduced to various instruments and the roles they play in a band. As for selections, they came from “Star Wars,” “The Teddy Bears Picnic,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Perfect Storm.” But learning opportunities weren’t limited to the younger set. “Our band students learn how much influence they have on younger students,” said Hodges. Hodges added:...

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

Mariesha Marker, a former Lady Celts softball player, signed with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League for the coming season. “You know, it’s every collegiate athlete’s dream to keep going after their four years, and I get the chance to play with and against some great players,” said Mariesha. Mariesha is one of three catchers on the Bandits’ roster. One of her teammates is legendary pitcher Jennie Finch. Upon graduating from McNary in 2006, Mariesha went to Long Island University (LIU) in New York. She helped the Blackbirds win a school-record 39 games in 2010 and advance to the regional finals for the first time in school history. Mariesha enjoyed an outstanding senior season as the starting catcher for LIU. She earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Second Team honors after boosting her batting average 80 points from last season to .373. She smacked a career-high six home runs while adding 15 doubles and three triples. “I worked very hard in the off-season, talking a lot of extra hitting outside of practices,” Mariesha said of the improvement. “I also paid attention to the little details that you sometimes miss as a younger player. When you are (an underclassman), you can get pulled into the outcome because you’re looking for immediate gratification. As I got older, the process seemed to click a bit more and my...

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