Day: September 9, 2010

Extreme Makeover targets Oregon School for the Deaf

The Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) was announced as the recipient of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build project. At the surprise announcement on Monday, Sept. 6, the show’s design team met the students of the residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students known for its curriculum in American Sign Language. The students learned that OSD would be the recipient of a makeover during their back-to-school picnic when they saw an airplane pulling a 5,000 square foot banner overhead, greeting them with the message: “Good Morning, Oregon School for the Deaf!” Keizerite Rich Duncan, of Rich Duncan Construction, is leading the build  in which crews will overhaul the boys’ dormitory basement and pave the way for OSD’s annual Nightmare Factory, a haunted house created in the space for the two weeks leading up to and including Halloween night. “I am humbled to be a part of something so important in the lives of these kids. This project will have a lasting impact, not only on the current students, but on the lives of future students. My wife Shelly and I are grateful to be able to lead this build,” Duncan said in a press release. Nightmare Factory generates much-needed income for the 140 year-old, financially-strapped school. The improvements and publicity are expected to help increase OSD’s fundraising revenue. In addition to the basement, a second building...

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Grassroots Government

Parks Advisory Board When they met: Aug. 10, 2010 What they did: Rick Day along with several other board members recommended purchase of a chipper to dispose of debris at area parks. A commercial-grade machine was available for $850, Day said, and he is hoping for donations from either the Keizer Parks Foundation or Keizer Rotary; anything too large for the chipper could be cut into firewood and donated to area charities. The group discussed at length a project to irrigate the dog park at Keizer Rapids Park, with Clint Holland saying the total cost for the project would be between $41,000 and $43,000. The board voted unanimously to recommend spending $19,000 for irrigation at the park. After adjustments, Parks Operations Supervisor Terry Witham said, the splash fountain is working well. The board cancelled their September meeting to join the Keizer City Council on its annual parks tour. They will visit Claggett Creek, Whittam Community Garden, Wallace House, Keizer Rapids and Keizer Station. Who was there: Jeanne Bond-Esser, Garry Whalen, Clint Holland, Alex Pellico, Rick Day, David Philbrick, Jim Parent and Danny Boyd. Next meeting: September 13 (Parks Tour). —————— Planning Commission When they met: Aug. 11, 2010. What they did: Elizabeth Sagmiller, stormwater program manager, discussed new stormwater ordinances as they relate to requirements imposed on cities. She said upcoming steps include completing the Construction Site Pollution Prevention...

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