Day: September 24, 2010

What brand are you?

By ALLEN PRELL I was informed several weeks ago that my job position as a salesmen might be displaced due to the company’s reorganization. This is a fancy term for laid off. The company is strong financially, gaining strength in the medical industry, demonstrated by stronger stock values. Corporate goals were reached and surpassed in some cases. The company has invested in high technology companies to prepare for the future needs of an aging baby-boomer population. Several key thoughts came to mind during this transition. First, network with colleagues, friends, and family. I contacted people through e-mail who I have had business relations with over the years. I used Linked In, a social professional networking website, to connect with leading industry leaders. Moreover, to introduce myself and learn who is growing and who is downsizing. There is always a demand in the high-tech medical industry. I made sure I was on friendly terms with my current colleagues. The skills we had for being retained or for helping them in a crisis situation was a referral. Some people were willing to share and be on a friendly basis and others understandably, wanted to be left alone. I was willing to share my possible career transition with job finding networking groups. I researched the career transition counselors, preparing for interviewing skill review.  Overall, I did what I could to expect the...

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Jeffery Allen Weathers

Mr. Weathers, of Gervais, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. He was 53. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N. Reception will follow. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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IN THE RING: Is the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates postive for national politics?

Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events.  To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto www.keizertimes.com and click on In the Ring. This week’s question: Is the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates postive for national politics? Dave Bauer, co-owner, R. Bauer Insurance— I think it is one of the best things that has happened in our country in a long time. Three parties isn’t the issue. Having a voice heard that has always been there but not in a way that has the attention of our representatives. I believe the Tea party and its large and growing group of citizens will make a difference in what our elected congressmen and women do in Washington. It can no longer be business as usual. The ideas presented by these folks include common sense and are not always either Republican or Democrat. I may not agree with all the Tea party advocates, but the fact is our country needs to make some changes for the average person. If the Tea party movement accomplishes that, then I believe that’s a good thing. Government, local, state, or national, needs to listen to the people. The current movement is doing that. Warren Franklin, KYKN radio personality— Our republic is built upon the concept that the people, not the government, run this great country. The...

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Renovations coming to Rapids Dog Park

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The dog park at Keizer Rapids Park will temporarily close for renovations starting Saturday, Sept. 25. The amenity has proven to be one of the park system’s most popular amenities. But wear and tear have taken its toll on the young park, to the point where a group of volunteers led by Clint Holland are planning full-scale irrigation and grass seeding in the park. Holland said he doesn’t expect the large dog park to be closed more than a week or so. The city has contributed $19,000 in parks system development charges for the project. Parks Supervisor Terry Witham said the small dog park will remain closed until spring of next year. “Basically we just had a lot of complaints about the state of the grass, it’s muddy or it’s dry,” Witham said. The small dog park, while closed, will be seeded in the hope more grass will remain. Irrigation lines will be installed throughout much of the dog park – but as of yet, there’s no water line there to hook into. The city of Keizer plans to extend a water line through to the park, but how that will happen depends on whether the city is able to annex adjoining land into the city and purchase it. “We feel like if we wait until the spring to do the main line, the...

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Stephen Weber

Mr. Weber, of Keizer, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. He was 45. He was born June 1, 1965. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

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