Month: July 2010

Trash service may include composting

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes City-wide composting service will be up for debate at a Keizer City Council meeting Tuesday, July 6. The group will be asked whether compost – mostly meaning food waste – should be picked up along with yard debris, piled in the green can Keizer garbage service customers are familiar with. The council will have to decide whether said service would be weekly or bi-weekly. It would add $1.68 per month to households using the green can. “We are a proponent of every-week service due to smells, bees and such,” said John Sullivan, general manager of Loren’s Sanitation. “But we’ll do whatever the city asks of us.” With the program virtually any organic food waste would be mixed in with yard debris. Things like bread, coffee filters and grounds, dairy products, egg shells, produce, meats, pizza boxes and seafood shells could be disposed of in the green can, instead of in with the trash. Plastic bags, animal waste, foil, grease, metals and personal hygiene products would continue to go in the garbage. The goal is to get “anything we can divert from the waste stream, or better yet, find another use for it,” according to Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano, a retired president of United Disposal Service. “Everything we get out adds more capacity at our waste energy facility. … You’d much rather find...

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Fireworks safety tips

The most dangerous time of the year for injuries and fires caused by fireworks is here. While incidents related to fireworks occur anytime of year, most occur between June 1 and July 31 as Independence Day is celebrated. However, if you and your family choose to use fireworks at home, obey the law and think safety. In Oregon, legal fireworks can only be sold through July 6 at licensed retail stands. State law also requires a person be at least 18 years of age to purchase any fireworks. Oregon law prohibits the sale or use of fireworks that do the following: A) explode; B) fly through the air; C) move more than 12 feet on smooth ground; and, D) act in an uncontrolled manner. Examples of illegal fireworks include firecrackers, bottle or skyrockets, Roman candles and chasers. Under Oregon law officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. These costs may include assessed fines as well as costs of suppressing the fire by the fire department. When using fireworks, the following safety procedures should be followed: • Have a hose or a bucket of water handy for emergencies and to douse misfires or spent fireworks; • Always have an adult present when children are using fireworks; • Read and follow label directions carefully; • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from buildings, shrubbery and...

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Czar, retired K9 officer, put down due to illness

A retired Keizer Police police dog was euthanized last week. Czar, who retired last year, was a service patrol dog handled by Officer Eric Jefferson. According to Keizer Police, the pair located and apprehended nearly 200 criminals in Keizer, throughout Marion County and as far as Lincoln County. A press release from the department said Czar was put down due to health concerns on Friday, June 25. “We thank Officer Jefferson and K9 Czar for their years of dedicated service to the Keizer Police Department and their community,” the release stated. The department has two active K9 units – Axel with Officer Stephen Richardson and Bas with Officer Scott Keniston. Czar, like most of Keizer’s police dogs through the years, was purchased with donations. He came from Adlerhorst International Inc. and arrived here Oct. 21,...

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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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