Day: July 16, 2010

Othniel Robert Chambers II

Othniel Robert Chambers II, 82, passed away in Las Cruces, New Mexico after a long and adventurous life. His greatest joys were his wife and family, his many friends, lots of classical music, camping, and at least a dozen puns a day. He was born in Austin, Texas, November 22, 1927 to Gladys Delilah ( Dawson ) and Othniel Robert Chambers I. Niel grew up in Corvallis, Oregon , entering first grade at age 3 as part of a special program established for children of Oregon State College professors. Early on, Niel held numerous jobs, including being a fire lookout for 5 summers in the Cascade forest. He served in the military at the end of WW II in 1946 in the occupation of Vienna and in the Korean War. He earned a BA in Sociology in 1956 at the University of Oregon, an MS in Sociology in 1963 and a second MS in Counseling in 1968. Soon after his marriage to Ardith Jamie Jones in 1955, he began his career in the Department of Corrections, then settled in Keizer, Oregon and they raised four children. Niel retired in 1987 as Executive Assistant to the Oregon State Director of Corrections, and also served as the Corrections Division lobbyist to the Oregon State legislature. In the year before retirement he and Ardith visited Munich and Vienna. After retirement, they sold...

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10U, 12A softball teams best in state

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes A dominating run ended with a state championship for the Lady Celts 10U softball team. “It is something that no one can take away from them,” said Alan Kinler, the team’s head coach. “They are state champions.” “It’s kind of a big thing whenever a local team wins a state championship, at any level,” said assistant coach Greg Tutor. The tournament, sanctioned by ASA, was held Fourth of July weekend. The girls opened in Happy Valley and played their other games at North Clackamas Park in Milwaukie. Along the way the Celts defeated Rip City of Portland, Herricanes of West Valley (Dallas), Xtreme of Klamath Falls, and Blast of Tigard. Their streak of having never lost a tournament this season continued when they defeated the Lady Eagles of Eagle Point, 7-2, in the championship game. “I truly hope it brings an excitement to the Salem-Keizer area for girls to want to play softball,” said Kinler of possible aftershocks. “This is a great softball community and it will only grow more now.” Dreams of winning the title began last October. “We really thought we could make a deep run into state,” said Kinler. “We added some quality girls around January and knew at that time it was a very real possibility. Then, as the season grew on, it was pretty obvious we had a...

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Next step, brigadier general

The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon National Guard honored its outgoing commander, Col. Dan Hokanson of Keizer, and incoming commander, Col. Eric Bush, during a change of command ceremony at the Salem Armory, June 10. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, family members, former brigade commanders, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the state’s adjutant general, and Governor Ted Kulongoski. “This event embodies all the values of citizen soldiers and their professionalism. There is a lot of pride and history here and I just like being a part of it,” said Kulongoski. The brigade has a long history including the longest deployment of any division during WWII, and recently returned from a year-long deployment to Iraq. When addressing the members of 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), Maj. Gen. Rees stated: “Everyday in every way, you make us proud to be members of the Oregon National Guard.” Hokanson has been nominated to be brigadier general. If approved, he will be assigned as the Deputy J5, Plans and Policy, for the U.S. Northern Command, which conducts Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned Area of Responsibility (AOR). The AOR includes the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles. This area also includes the Gulf of Mexico, Straits of Florida, portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas,...

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Panthers claim 12A softball title

The Keizer-based Oregon Panther 12A softball team won the state championship on July 11, at Wallace Marine Park in Salem. There were nine 12A teams across the state that competed throughout the weekend in the double-elimination tournament. The Oregon Panthers roster includes four girls from Keizer, three from Salem, two from Turner, and one each from McMinnville and Newberg. The girls from Keizer include Alyx Crager, Kinsey McNaught, Kimi Ito, and Kiana Villarreal.  The other seven team members are Krysta Slate, Tabby Humphreys, Madi Hopper, Lauren Radley, Kennan Feiring, Sam Hensley, and Paityn Willoughby. The Panthers were able to go 4-0 in the tournament and keep itself in the winners bracket throughout the weekend. Those falling to the losers bracket had many more games to get back to the tournament championship game. Nonetheless, the Panthers had a very tough four game run playing three of the strongest 12A teams in the state. They defeated the Northwest  Blaze, 6-4, in the first round, the Oregon Fever, 11-6 , in the second round, and the Northwest Thunder, the state champion the last two years, 10-6 in a game that pitted the two remaining undefeated teams. The Thunder made it back to the championship game where they fell again to the Panthers, 9-4. The Panthers were led by pitchers Hensley, Slate, and Crager. The trio managed to hold the high powered Thunder,...

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