Day: July 9, 2010

Paula Jane Devers-Greer

Ms. Greer, of Salem, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, in Portland. She was 63. Born March 5, 1947 in Portland, she enjoyed traveling, reading, visiting the beach and spending time with family and friends. Survivos include: her brother, Joe Devers of Portland; daughter, Tonya Greer of Keizer; son, Jayson Greer of Dallas; and three grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Keizer Heritage Community Center, 980 Chemawa Road...

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Bauer won’t run for office

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Dave Bauer said this week he won’t run for mayor or city council in 2010. The longtime Keizerite has been mulling a bid for the elected body, in particular the seat of Mayor Lore Christopher, who announced recently she will seek her sixth term in office. But Bauer, who operates his family’s insurance agency, said business and personal commitments have led him not to run. Three city councilors – Cathy Clark, Jim Taylor and Richard Walsh – are up for re-election along with Christopher. “While I would love to do it it’s just not going to work for me personally,” Bauer said. “I would encourage anyone who’s interested to do so at this time.” Bauer had criticized the council previously for what he called a tendency to “justify their position” when residents testify against a pending council action. “I still believe decisions need to be made with input from the community,” Bauer said. “Sometimes the council still makes decisions with their information, not with community input … Sometimes I don’t think that happens.” Despite his criticism, Bauer said Keizer is “better off with (Christopher’s) 10 years of service to the community. I really believe that.” In other election-themed news: •  Clark touts her work on regional transportation issues and committees in her as-yet-unopposed bid for a second term on the council. In a press release...

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Gaining insight into America

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes All’s well that ends well. “This year went really good. I adjusted very well, I think,” said Tina Lo, Keizer Rotary’s inbound exchange student for the 2009-10 school year. Lo’s stay, which ends this month, began in August. She said she came here to learn more about America, especially its language and culture. “When I came here, I understood nothing. Now I understand more,” Lo said. “I learn English, join school activities and see the American view.” Initially, Lo’s stay was marked by loneliness because she had trouble making friends at McNary. But her loneliness subsided as she became more involved in extracurricular activities. School-sponsored activities is a concept new to her. Similar activities are available in Taiwan, but generally on a club basis. “I will miss the activity at McNary. I will miss playing tennis for the school and the concert choirs and the plays,” Lo said. “No choirs, no plays in my high school.” Accomplishments include being one of the Lady Celts tennis players to represent the team at the district meet, along with performing in two productions of the McNary theatre department. In “Kiss Me, Kate,” Lo sang with the chorus. In “Girls’ Night Out,” she had a speaking part. “I was nervous when I had to say my lines,” she said. “But we rehearsed our lines a lot at...

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Name change comes to America’s Junior Miss

So what’s in a name? For America’s Junior Miss (AJM) Scholarship Program, often times the wrong impression, misconceptions and barriers to success. Which is why there’s a new name. “Distinguished Young Women of America” was chosen because it reportedly better reflects the organization and its efforts to remain relevant and keep pace with the needs and interests of today’s young women. The name change was announced during the AJM National Finals held last month in Mobile, Alabama. “The benefits of this name is that it more accurately describes the program in a nutshell, and hopefully with the words chosen as the new name, they do not give any connotations that would make people associate it as a beauty pageant,” said Cathy Williams, the local organizer. “The program is, and always has been, a scholarship program designed to give opportunities for education to distinguished young women across America.” Like AJM, Distinguished Young Women of America will give high school juniors a chance to present themselves in interview, on stage in a group, and on stage as individuals. Scholarship awards enhance their opportunity for continued education. The negative about any name change is that it takes people time to recognize the new moniker. After all, AJM was in existence for more than 50 years. “I am sure that, as with most change, there could be ‘growing pains’ in one form or...

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