Day: September 14, 2010

Remember when? Share the story with Keizer oral history project

As a city Keizer is only 27 years old. But as a community it goes back much further than that. The Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) is looking to capture personal memories of the Keizer area via its Oral History project. The idea has been percolating for years, but never seemed to get off the ground. “But we never gave up,” said Terri Hoag, vice chair of KPIC. “It was always on our list of to-dos, and we decided if we were going to do it we’d better do it before we lost too many people.” Lately the committee has been gung-ho, with Jill Bonney-Hill spearheading the project. In a partnership with Keizer-23, the group has filmed two interviews with longtime Keizerites so far – Evelyn Franz, who grew up on a farm in east Keizer, and Dr. Vern Casterline, who set up the city’s first physician’s office. The episodes filmed are shown daily at 5:30 p.m. on Keizer 23, the city’s government access channel, and available streaming at The series is being hosted by Jason Cox, news editor of the Keizertimes. There is a sense of urgency driving the project, the committee members agreed. As time slips by, people die and their memories go with them. “There’s a lot of information, facts and data that’s going to be lost if we don’t get it recorded somewhere,”...

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Boys soccer team will have depth, determination

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Things will be different for the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team this season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean worse, according to several of the players. “We have some new faces, but they’ll do what they do. They’ll fill the spots just fine,” said senior Nevin McLain. McNary could still be the team to beat in the Central Valley Conference, said senior Jake Paulson. “We lost some players, but we’ve still got depth,” Paulson said. The Celtics lost four powerhouses, with 12 years of varsity experience between them, to graduation in June. “We still have a pretty good team, but we’ll have to play different,” said Luis Garibay, a senior. “We could play more calmly last year. This year we’ll have to step it up and move the ball around more.” Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach, knows that the team will have to work hard to achieve their goals this season, but he was eagerly anticipating McNary’s preseason match-ups. “It’s going to help us to have good teams to play in the preseason like Jesuit, CV, and Woodburn,” Camarena said. While a number of players bring varsity experience to the table, Celtics strengths in 2010 are likely to be speed and versatility. “They’re all eager to learn and they’re getting better every day,” he said. Returning sophomore Mychael Thomas moved from...

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