Day: October 29, 2010

Residents and associations

By ALLEN PRELL The  Keizer Neighborhood Associations were created many years ago to build community unity,  inform  neighbors of activities, and to resolve problems. Keizer has two neighborhood associations: West Keizer, led by Rhonda Rich, and the Gubser Neighborhood Association lead by myself. The leaders of any neighborhood association try to bring a sense of value to each meeting with the guest speakers they invite, to generate a learning and sharing environment. Each neighborhood has hundreds of households and the leadership of these neighbors tries to keep the information flowing through e-mail, fliers, or word-of-mouth. Rhonda Rich and I went in front of the city council to argue the value of the neighborhood associations. The funding for the neighborhood associations was on the chopping block and seen as an unnecessary city expense. In the end, the funding was reduced by more than half and informational fliers were eliminated due to high printing and mailing costs. When I went through the Gubser Neighborhood Association phone list to inform the neighbors of the October meeting the response was overwhelmingly positive. However, an effort to ellicit support on a house-to-house tour  met with mixed results. Due to conflicting community events the October meeting was lightly attended. Rhonda Rich brought together a political gathering for the upcoming elections including: Mayor Lore Christopher, city council candidates Cathy Clark, Joe Egli and James Taylor as...

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New faces clear out food banks

By CURT MCCORMCIK In August and September of this year the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB) provided food boxes for 270 families which served over 2,000 individuals. According to Marion-Polk Food Share data, an average of 400 new families are seeking the aid of a food bank in Keizer or Salem for the first time. Add rural areas and the number is closer to 800 families. County-wide, that’s over 6,000 families a month receiving emergency food service. Marion-Polk Food Share estimates that one out of every five area families ate from an emergency food box at least once in the last 12 months. What this means is that the KCFB shelves are bare.  On Monday, Oct. 25,  the KCFB had to make an emergency purchase of food at a cost of $1,100 (discounted via Roth’s) just to service the Monday night clients. Donations are down. Marion-Polk Food Share is also experiencing a decline in food donation. On the one hand the solution is quite simple, the food bank needs more food. It is hard for me to fathom that in this day and age, in the richest and most powerful country in the world that we have kids going to bed hungry. It’s hard for me to fathom that kids in this state are going to bed hungry. It’s even harder for me to fathom that kids in this...

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Orcutt, grocer and firefighter, recalled as community stalwart

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Sam Orcutt, a mainstay in Keizer for decades, died Friday, Oct. 16. He was a former training officer for the Keizer Fire District, and is perhaps best known for Orcutt’s Market, the grocery store that served as a community center of sorts long before the Keizer community became a city. The street in front of where his store used to be is named for him. Former cohorts describe Orcutt as quiet yet funny, generous yet reserved. “He gave of his time in such a manner that it wasn’t about him,” said Greg Frank, former Keizer Fire chief.  “He didn’t do it to get notoriety or business at the store. It was about giving back to your community and making it a better place. And he did that through his actions.” Orcutt’s Grocery “was quite an institution,” recalled Jerry McGee. “It became kind of a social center as well as a place where you pick up your bread, bananas and what not. Anything that was going on in the town was talked about, pretty much, there at the grocery store.” “It was where my parents used to see everyone they knew,” said Jim Taylor. “Sam was always there, and knew everybody.” Jim Trett, who worked with Orcutt at Keizer Fire, described Orcutt as an old-school firefighter. Trett joined Keizer Fire in 1974. “When I...

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Fluoridation

To the Editor: As a community dentist of more than 30 years experience,  I see a future that is very bright. In this difficult economic time it is refreshing to find a far-sighted city councilor who holds the economic interests of their citizens in such regard and the provide for the stimulus fo dental practices at the same time. While saving the citizens of Keizer money that was to be used for continued fluoridation and fluoridation of new wells, Richard Walsh has also insured the continue financial solvency of Keizer dentists.  The people of Keizer will be happy to save a penny a day per citizen.  I’m sure they will appreciate the cumulative savings when they pay their bill at their next dental visit. Okay, so the savings is less than a penny a day and they will need to see the dentist more often because of the additional decay, and yes, the children and poor will be most affected but think of the economic benefits your dentist gets. H. Clayton Stearns, DMD...

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Lady Celts clinch league title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Billed as a showdown between top teams, the Lady Celts’ encounter with the West Salem Titans on the volleyball court proved to be less a main event and more like a warm-up on the McNary march to the Central Valley Conference title. The Titans lost several of their top players to injury the previous week and Celtics were unrelenting in their attack en route to a 3-0 win, match scores were 25-11, 25-13, 25-20. “It was unfortunate that their best players couldn’t be part of the match, but we’re proud of our girls who took care of the things they needed to do,” said Dustin Walker, McNary head coach. The Titans’s closest bid to a win came in the third match when they closed the gap to 23-20, but McNary sealed the deal two plays later. McNary senior Madi Cavell led in kills, 10 and blocks, two. Deven Hunter put down eight kills and led in aces with four. Simona Arnautov had three aces. Megan Holland had 26 assists and Whittley Harrell made 15 digs. The Celtics locked up a standalone CVC title with a win over South Salem Thursday, Oct. 21. The win put the Lady Celts at 9-0 in the conference and a final match against McKay the only remaining challenge to an unblemished record. In the South Salem victory,...

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