Day: September 17, 2010

When is Keizer getting a real library?

ByART BURR It is said that Keizer is the only city of its size in the United States without a tax-supported public library.  I don’t know if it is true or not but let’s assume that it is.  Why then are its residents being deprived of this amenity, this symbol of learning and cultural achievement?  There appear to be a number of reasons – historical, political and economic. Keizer, for a city of its size, is a late bloomer.  Formerly a suburb of Salem, it was incorporated in 1982, long after most communities in Oregon – communities that already had public libraries.  Keizer was established, in large measure, to resist becoming a part of Salem.  A conservative element committed to keeping services and taxes low, dominated the scene then as it does today. Then there is the opportunity for residents of Keizer to use nearby Salem Public Library, albeit for a charge that some consider reasonable.  The trouble is that there are many people living in Keizer for whom the necessary travel is inconvenient or not affordable – young people, old people, parents with small children, etc.  This is evidenced by the growing popularity of Keizer Community Library despite the fact that it lacks meeting, reading and study areas for adults, youth and children or the space to display more than a fraction of its available resources. A series...

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Gridders’ attitudes swell heading into game with Gresham Gophers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Mind over matter. While the McNary High School varsity football team is still enjoying the fruits of their 44-14 victory over Newberg High School, the true test will be whether they can duplicate that effort in their game with Gresham High School. The answer to the question most probably lies in their ability to play like a team bigger than they are. “[The Newberg game] changed the mentality of the team and reminded us that we can play physically even if we aren’t as big as the other guys,” said Garren Robinett, a McNary wide receiver. Senior quarterback Kyle Ismay seemed to be on the same page. “We just went out and scored 44 points. The defense was out there making plays, we ran the ball, threw the ball, and made plays on special teams. We’re going to watch some film [from Gresham] this week and figure out how to do the same thing – hit them from all areas,” Ismay said. While Gresham may have size on their side, the Gophers have struggled in their opening two games of the season. They lost to Sunset High School, 38-7 and Glencoe High School, 21-16. The Gophers lost a major contingent of seasoned players to graduation last year, but there are some returning all-conference stars, including linebacker Josh Kim, lineman and nose tackle...

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Rose Ann Lorraine Jones

Rose Ann Lorraine Jones, of Dallas, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. She was born on September 29, 1936 in Salem. She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Salem Eagles and worked for Weeks’s Berry Nursery until she retired and moved to Dallas in 2003. Survivors include her daughter, Rona Thomas of Albany; son, Rick Jones of Dallas; and grandsons, Jason Tolman and Corey Jones. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 17 at Belcrest Memorial Park followed by a open house and remembrance from 3-5 p.m. at the home of her daughter. Friends and Family are welcome.  Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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Keizer pitches in on ‘Extreme’ build

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer volunteer David Sherman, in costume as a zombie, leaned still as an oak up against the wall leading into the Nightmare Factory. The last group of the night had passed, but he’d been convincing enough that the girl at the tail end of the pack returned for a second look. “She’d broken off from her friends and, as she got back to me, she pushed on my chest. As soon as I felt that pressure, I let her have it. She screamed, took off running and I ran after her,” Sherman said. If there was any payment necessary for Sherman’s work at the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build, that final scare covered the tab and tip. Sherman was one of many Keizerites to put their skills to work at he Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) where the ABC program set to renovate and remodel the basement of the boys dorm for the annual Nightmare Factory haunted house as well as dormitories and a living area. Sherman and fellow horror enthusiasts, Toby Wayne and Katie Larson, of Albany, were requested on the set at three different occasions during the build to provide zombie make-up for segments of the production. Their make-up work was such a hit that producers filmed a separate a public service announcement with zombified actors in the background...

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Lady Celts battle Sandy to standstill

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Forward Danielle Lovejoy was the first to score a goal for the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team in the 2010 season, but it was only enough to tie Sandy High School 1-1. “We passed well, but we could have controlled the ball a little bit better. For the most part our endurance was good,” Lovejoy said. She had an assist from senior Jordan Salinas in her goal in the 68th minute. Celtic goalkeep Beca Aguilar put up 11 saves in the game. “Our shape was a little off – people were going to positions where they weren’t supposed to be – but even in practice we’ve been able to clean some of that up,” Aguilar said. Aguilar’s performance against the Pioneer onslaught was the highlight of the game for Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. He was also impressed wit the work ethic of defenders Brianna Cornelius and Hailey Scoggins. The Lady Celts recorded 7 unsuccessful attempts on goal. “We didn’t play well, especially in the first half,” Camarena said. “In the second half we adjusted and we did get better.” Camarena is still working with the team to improve foot skills and moving the ball around the field and he’s also making adjustments to the final formation of the players on the field. “We need to get better with our...

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