Day: September 20, 2010

Prescription drug take-back program this Saturday

Local police agencies are teaming up with county and federal agencies and groups for a prescription drug take-back. Authorities will be accepting prescription medications at several locations throughout the mid-Willamette Valley from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. In Keizer, the event is in the parking lot at Roth’s Fresh Markets. This one-day event encourages citizens to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications at designated collection sites to keep drugs out of the wrong hands and out of the environment. The event educates the public to store prescription drugs safely and securely to prevent accidental poisonings, drug abuse and contamination of our rivers. Medications improperly disposed of present a risk to health, security and the environment. Improperly disposed drugs can be scavenged from garbage and abused. When drugs are flushed, they are not removed by sewage treatment facilities and septic tank systems. Drugs can enter the soil, surface water and groundwater. Studies have shown that drugs found in waterways have a serious impact on fish and other aquatic life. Medications from deceased family members, unknown tablets and capsules, unneeded prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, veterinary medication or other drugs no longer used may be taken to the sites listed at the top of the page for proper disposal. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctors’ offices or any other institution or business. Medications...

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Congressional candidates debate

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes SALEM — Each of three candidates for the 5 th District U.S. House seat from Oregon told the Salem City club Friday why he thought he should be elected. Rep. Kurt Schrader, the first-term Democratic incumbent; Scott Bruun, the District 37 Republican state representative; and Chris Lugo, the nominee of the Pacific Green Party, made statements and took questions in what is expected to be the only joint appearance of all three in the campaign. Lugo, making the first opening statement, said, “I believe it is time for the citizens of Oregon to have someone who represents Oregon.”  Calling military action in Afghanistan a disgrace to the United States, he said, “It is time to turn away from the policies of greed and fear.” Schrader opened by saying, “I ran because I was very, very discouraged about the direction of our country.” Declaring that “America is looking for new leadership,” he told the gathering at the Mission Mill Museum that he had been leading the way toward economic recovery for Oregon. He said that he had been involved in the rebuilding of the Oregon National Guard Armory in Salem and the relocation of the National Oceanic and Aeronautic Administration (NOAA) fleet to the Newport area. “I’m a small businessman; I’m focused on small business,” he said. He told the audience that the House...

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Celt v-ball is 1-1 in first week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One of the McNary High School varsity volleyball team’s goals this season is to play with what teammates call “crazy energy.” “We want to play well and with a lot of emotion,” said Dustin Walker, Celtic head coach. During the team’s opening match with Lincoln High School that attitude kept them smiling and chattering between all the hits and misses of the three game domination, 25-9, 25-14, 25-13. “I thought it was going to be one of the harder matches, but we came out strong and had a great crowd that helped us keep our energy up,” said Megan Holland, a junior. Senior Madi Cavell led the team in kills, 15, tied senior Whittley Harrell with four aces, and put up five blocks. Keri Stein led in digs with nine and added three aces and five kills. Deven Hunter had five kills in the match. Harrell, a transfer from Cascade High School got her first taste of 6A competitiveness in the match. “There were a  lot of people in the crowd and that took some adjustment, but it was exciting to see so much spirit,” Harrell said. The Celts traveled to Sunset High School Thursday, Sept. 9, for a hard-fought four-game match, 31-29, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19,  with the Apollos. “I think we let go on a few points that might have made...

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Boys soccer stymied by Jesuit, tie with CV

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If head coach Miguel Camarena wanted to test the mettle of the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team, he certainly got it in the season opener against Jesuit High School Thursday, Sept. 9. The Celts lost 5-0 and spent much of the game on the defensive. “They were better than us in this game. They controlled the tempo and the ball, but we wanted give some experience to some of our players and it showed us where to change our formations,” Camarena said. The lesson wasn’t lost on Christian DeSantiago who took over as goalkeep in the second half of the game against Jesuit. “It was a good taste of [varsity play] real quick and a chance to see what we have to do to get in the right shape on the field,” DeSantiago said. When asked what went right for the team, Celt Hugo Cortez offered a bleak postmortem: “Not much really, we messed up a lot. But we talked about and we’ve been able to work out some of the technical stuff and defensive footwork.” The Celts’ act showed more polish in a match against Crescent Valley High School Monday, Sept. 13. The teams tied 1-1, but the real challenge for the Celts came in the second half after losing a player to a red card for the last...

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