Day: July 2, 2010

Mary E. Ballek

Mrs. Ballek, of Keizer, died Sunday, June 27, 2010. She was 92 years old. Born July 20, 1917, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anton (Tony) Ballek and daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Shipman. Survivors include: her son, A. Paul Ballek; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen Connors. A viewing and rosary service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 2, at St. Edward Catholic Church with memorial mass following at 1:30 p.m., Graveside services are at 3:30 p.m. Claggett Creek Cemetery in Keizer. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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Vernon Bradshaw

Mr. Bradshaw, of Keizer, died Saturday, June 26, 2010. He was 89 years old. He was born March 29, 1921. A Masonic and Religious Science memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at Woodland Chapel First Church of Religious Science, in Salem. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. Bradshaw to the Oregon Masonic Charitable Foundation, 2150 Masonic Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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Learning something

Warmer weather is finally here in our area, school is out and everyone is in vacation mode.  The last thing anyone wants to do is learn anything.  Learning’s for school. The 4th of July holiday weekend in Keizer offers a fun way for kids and adults alike to learn something without it seeming like school. The Northwest Civil War Council is staging its annual reenactment at Willamette Mission State Park just north of Keizer through Monday, July 5. For the past 20 years the Council has erected Union and Confederate camps complete with actors portraying military and civilian personnel including women and children.  Each is eager to answer questions about the Civil War era and each is knowledgeable about the part they play. The Civil War reenactment is like an amusement park for history buffs.  Kids enjoy it because it is like the ultimate game of army; when the army comes onto the field with drums and bugles and a battle ensues, it’s an action movie come to life.  Kids will learn something about one of America’s important events and never once realize they are actually learning something—in summer. It’s not just the young ones who can thrill at the camps, the battles and the scene.  The reenactment is the perfect summer diversion for grown-ups, too. The reenactment is one of the few large events that Keizerites can enjoy...

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Get ready for visitors

In two weeks hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts will descend on Keizer. Good Vibrations Motorcycle Rally’s event headquarters will be at Keizer Renaissance Inn while most of the rally events will be held at Salem’s Riverfront Park. The cyclists are expected to take in the sights of our area including rides throughout the region. The attendees will fill local hotel rooms and campgrounds and eat at local restaurants.  Initially there were plans for some of the rally events to take place at Keizer Station; though that is no longer the case, our city will still be filled with cyclists. For those in Keizer who extol the value of tourism and visitors, this will be the test of their confidence that our city can grab its share of the travel dollar. The economic development of visitors doesn’t begin and end with the Good Vibrations rally.  Those cyclists who do spend time in Keizer should be met with smiles, good service and a welcoming attitude—we want them to spend money in our town and tell others about the good experience they had here in the heart of beautiful Oregon. The Chamber of Commerce is encouraging River Road businesses to use their reader boards for welcoming messages.  Whether one loves or hates cyclists, every business  should support their ability to pump money into our economy.  And they should do all they can to...

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Reset state spending priorities

By KIM THATCHER As the new fiscal year gets underway this week, so do $577 million in cuts in the state budget ordered by Governor Kulongoski. The Governor is getting help from his recently appointed Reset Cabinet, which he charged with re-thinking the way state government is run. After 10 months of deliberations, the Reset Cabinet released their report last week and it’s already collecting dust on shelves all over the Capitol. I have to wonder why it took so long for this Cabinet and the Governor to figure out the obvious: that our state has been and will continue to be on an unsustainable path of spending unless major changes are made. Some of us have been saying that for years. It doesn’t take much to figure out that we should prioritize spending on the most important services and cut off funding to the rest. If there is a program that isn’t working or is just not a high priority to the state overall, then we should make do without it. Perhaps it takes a recessionary budget crisis to get some leaders to realize the state has been living beyond the taxpayers’ means. It’s time for new leadership in the Governor’s office and the legislative branch. The feedback I get from my constituents is that more and more they see state agencies as being “for the government” and...

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