Day: September 10, 2010

MHS grad had fierce spirit, many friends

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Sheila Goodman, perhaps better known as Shayla or simply Shay, was many things to her friends and family: A loving daughter, a doting big sister and a devoted friend. Shayla, 18, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the sand dunes at Florence, Ore. Last Thursday a community gathered at Salem Evangelical Church to share memories and console one another at her memorial service. The service was a testament to Shayla’s belief in eternal salvation, the intensity of youthful friendships and the familial ties that bind. For her friends, she will be remembered as a carefree young woman who put smiles on faces. “Driving in the car, wherever we were going, she’d turn the music all the way up, and she’d always have the windows down, just singing … kinda embracing everything that was going on every time we were driving around,” said Matt Almendinger, whose tribute song to Shayla, “One Love,” was played at the service. He’s not kidding. A YouTube video shows Shayla and her friend Kylie Wooderson singing along with one of Almendinger’s songs. One after another, friends testified to Shayla’s zest for life and enthusiasm for friends. Like most people her age, she wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do for a career. But Judy Peterson, her guidance counselor at McNary High School, said...

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A bird in the hand

There is more than $600,000 in the Keizer park improvement fund gathered from system developmen charges.  The city says most of that money, if not all, is earmarked for the proposed boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park. The city money is being hoarded to serve as matching funds from the state of Oregon.  Fat chance.  With the state eyeing a $2 billion budget shortfall it will be hard for the state legislature to tell students they can’t get new books because Keizer wants a boat ramp in their gem of a park. At any time a boat ramp would be a luxury (want to have versus need to have) item.  In these days when every government’s budget is stretched tight as a drum, it doesn’t make sense to hold back money that is already in the bank for a feel good project. Much like Keizer Station, Keizer Rapids Park is a work in progress.  It will take a number of years for all the amenities to come to fruition:  boat ramp, BMX bicycle course, professional tennis courts and a recreation center. These amenities are said by some to boost economic development in Keizer, by bringing visitors to our city.  That is a good goal, but we need to prove we can attract visitors here first and then get those visitors to spend money in our local businesses. Money in...

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Strike up the band

On Saturday, Sept. 11, McNary High School band members will spread out across Keizer seeking donations for its programs. When a student in a band uniform comes knocking we hope that most  households will find a little something to offer, even if it’s only bottles and cans that can be turned in for the deposit. The McNary band programs are some of the most respected in the state.  In a time of slashed arts in school budgets, Keizer schools have a found a way to not only keep their programs alive, but keep them thriving. Inside every band member one will find a dedicated student who works together as a team to achieve their goals of excellence.  Anything the community can do to help the program along with money or volunteer time would  not be wasted.  It has been reported that students involved with extracurricular activites are involved students and do well with their studies. Students go to school to learn in their classrooms, but there are also big life lessons to be learned by being part of a group larger than oneself, much as being involved with school sports does. When band members come ringing doorbells on Saturday, Keizer should open its wallets and help retain this little part of what makes our city the quaint town everybody loves....

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Clinic celebrates its 60th

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Dr. Vern Casterline, Keizer’s first practicing physician, was joined by Dr. Gerald Bowerly to celebrate Keizer Family Physicians’ 60th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The medical office was originally spelled Keizer Klinic when it first opened in 1950 in a newly built professional building on River Road just south of Chemawa Road. Casterline, 93, remembered the founding and earliest days of the clinic.  He and Gerald Bowerly, Keizer’s first dentist, shared one receptionist, Hazel Johnson and one waiting room. Also sharing the building was Mootrys’ Pharmacy, managed by Walt Kechter.  In time, Casterline added Daraleen Wade as the bookkeeper. At that time River Road was a rural two-laned street.  As he told Keizer historian Ann Lossner the going rate for the delivery of a babe then was $35.  It ws a time when doctor still made house calls for $5. His first nurse was Doris “Skip” Libby. In 1956 Casterline moved his practice to the other side of River Road, where Willamette Valley Animal Hospital now operates.  The clinic was there for the next thirty years until it moved into a brand new building north of Chemawa Road now located between the U.S. Bank branch and Wittenberg Lane.  Bowerly was with the clinic until 1960 when he branched out to his own office on Dearborn Avenue. Casterline and his wife, Geri, along...

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Writer got it wrong

To the Editor: Re: Curt McCormack’s letter to the editor (“Signature gathering is not an election”, Keizertimes, Sept. 3), Mr. McCormack states “What the initiative does is limit the size of a retail building to 65,000 square feet in the mixed use areas.”  This is not true. The actual text of the initiative is “no retail building larger than 65,000 square feet, including indoor space and outdoor and temporary display space, shall be permitted in the City of Keizer outside of the area identified in the City of Keizer, Keizer Station Plan as Area A of Keizer Station…” This is not an insignificant distinction.  The initiative language clearly bans large retail buildings everywhere in Keizer (outside Keizer Station Area A), not just in property zoned as mixed use.  Jane Mulholland confirmed this was the intent of the petitioning group, when she reiterated it would apply to areas of future growth in Keizer, as well. While I disagree with the objectives of the petitioning group, no one disputes the right to conduct the petition drive.  However, voters should make decisions based on accurate information.  Additionally, there is a financial cost to the city if this petition makes it to a ballot.  I would rather use those funds for parks maintenance and police officers, than conducting an election on a land use issue that would be to the detriment of the...

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