Day: August 13, 2010

Japan trip beckons for McNary junior

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes The longest stretch Josh Pentecost has been away from family is five consecutive days. That’s about to change. Pentecost, 16, is this year’s Keizer Rotary Outbound Exchange Student of the Year, which means he’s about to embark on a year stay in Maebashi, Japan. Published reports state Maebashi was founded in 1892 by samurai Makuba Kawai, lies at the base of Mt. Akagi and is home to 300,000 residents. It’s also 1 1/2 hours north of Tokyo by car. Pentecost’s stay begins later this month and could extend into July. He added he was interested in Peru, Ecuador and Germany, but Japan was his first choice of countries. “The culture and the people,” he said when asked why Japan. “I got close with a bunch of the Japanese exchange students. Hearing about it and interacting with them, it seemed like the place I wanted to go.” Pentecost added he finds Japanese students to be friendly and hospitable while demonstrating mutual respect for each other. “I also love the culture and the food. I love the food,” he said. Pentecost will attend a co-ed Christian school and wear a uniform. The campus is large enough to have tennis courts, soccer fields and baseball fields. But he doesn’t know if his classes will be in English or Japanese. “I think they’re going to be in...

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Reunion of class and friends

What a great surprise when the two reunions met Saturday night at the Tuff Ranch BBQ patio at McNary Golf Club. Velma and Neil Tepper were visiting from Las Vegas and met with old friends, neighbors and co-workers.  They retired in 2004, packed up their fifth wheel and moved to Nevada.  This visit, Tom and Cheryl Bauer were to hold a BBQ at the Bauers but Tom had a family emergency and had to leave town.  So Cheryl decided to move the party to Tuff Ranch BBQ. Joining Cheryl were Ted and Susan Anagnos, Wayne and Marlene Wellin, Sharon and Randy Cook, who were all active in the Keizer Merchants Association together in the 1980s and ‘90s.  All were very involved in creating the Iris Festival from the old Keizer Days, and the now-Keizer Chamber of Commerce.  Velma worked at Commercial Bank and Bank of the Cascades in Keizer prior to her retirement.  Co-workers Ken and Ann Dunn, Rick and Connie Kemp joined the group.  Cheryl kept sending pictures and emails to Tom Bauer on how much fun they were all having. Also, the Vikings (North Salem High School) class reunion of 1958 was gathering at Tuff Ranch for their party and dinner.   We were surprised to recognize so many Keizer people in attendance. (Then we remembered McNary High School was built in 1965.)  Soon both parties were...

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Summer heat, summer fun

St. Edward Catholic Church held its annual summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 8. People enjoyed the fresh grilled hamburgers provided by Burgerville as well as other treats such as strawberry shortcake, snow cones and cotton candy. A dunk tank along with other activites kept families busy during the hot and sunny afternoon. Teens were washing cars at the church to raise funds for a trip to Tanzania. Picnic chairwoman Debbi McCune saw that everyone had enough to eat and had enough fun. For photos of the event visit our Photo...

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The legacy of Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh’s announcement that he will not seek election to a third full term this year has been met with sadness. Walsh has been one of the workhorses of the city council over the past 10 years.  His fingerprints are on some of the city’s biggest projects. He cited family and business reasons for his decision.  We can’t fault a person for focusing on what’s important in life—family.But we have probably not seen the last of Walsh.  Many see him as a future mayor of Keizer.  He himself has said that he will stay involved in Keizer. Whether he ever holds public office in Keizer again or not, he has his legacy, Keizer Rapids Park.  The regional park came into being due to Walsh’s fierce determination to make it happen.  Others scoffed at his proposal when he first made it, saying that there was no money to make it a reality. Walsh proved them all wrong, working tirelessly to garner the grants that were necessary to purchase land and create the amenities.  His enthusiasm soon caught on and other councilors and citizens got park fever. Keizer Rapids Park is a work in progress though his idea for an amphitheatre is now a reality.  He has always said that once his vision was complete—boat ramp to the river, a tennis complex and more, it would be a boon to our...

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Advanced training comes to CERT

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes Want to take your emergency response skills to a higher level? If so, the Keizer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has a deal for you, provided you’ve  already completed and passed its initial 8-week training course. Keizer CERT is sponsoring a two-day conference, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 18-19, at Camp Cascade Conference and Retreat Center in Lyons. Camp Cascade is home to spacious cabins, baked delicacies, beautiful scenery and the Santiam River. What’s more, the conference is free. With registration fees paid for by a grant from Homeland Security. “It’s a sweet deal for the folks,” said Greg Biben of the Keizer Fire District. “This conference is for those folks who have taken CERT in Keizer, or for anyone else who has completed the CERT program in Oregon.” Instructors will take their students to a higher level when it comes to triage, primary and secondary assessments, master splinting and treatment area management. The conference concludes with a practice drill. “It will be a simulation of a disaster with all the CERT members and 20 volunteer ‘actors’ as victims,” said Stephanie Cooke, Keizer CERT coordinator and organizer of this event. “This will be a unique drill considering the environment and I cannot reveal more than that until after the simulation.” “CERT members will be reinforcing a lot of skills they already have,” said Biben. “We’ll have...

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