Day: November 5, 2010

Freshman football team closes out perfect season

McNary’s freshman football team closed out a perfect 9-0 season with a 53-22 win over McKay Thursday, Oct. 28. Isaiah Montano opened the scoring with a three-yard reception for a touchdown from Andrew Lawrence followed by Hayden McCowan point after kick. Brett Hildebrand ran 14 yards for a touchdown and McCowan kicked a 26-yard field goal for a 16-0 Celtic lead. McKay ran the kickoff back for a touchdown to close the gap to 16-6.  but Spencer Baker ran the ensuing kick back 81 yards for a touchdown. Lawrence connect with Brandon Lao 29-yard touchdown pass. McCowan made good on two point after attempts to give the Celtics a comfortable 30-6 lead after one quarter. Hildebrand scored the only points of the second quarter on a safety and McNary led 32-6 at the half. Baker scored his 13th touchdown of the season on a 75-yard return of the second half kickoff. Hayden Gosling hit Quinton Boyd on a 47-yard touchdown pass on Boyd’s 36th catch of the season. Along with McCowan’s two point after kicks, the Celtics led 46-14 after three quarters.  McCowan  put up 40 successful extra points kicks on 45 attempts and went 2-2 on field goals for the season. Kevin Cook ran four yards for a fourth quarter touchdown and and Cody Ratliff kicked the final point after for the closing margin. Defensively, Tanner Purkey extended his...

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Celts meet Smythe’s Pacers in state playoff play-in

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary Celtic varsity football team gets the chance to hit the reset button on their season with an away game against Lakeridge High School Friday, Nov. 5. “It’s a good start to something different,” said Celt Stevin Urban. “It gives us another shot to show people what we can actually do. But, we’re going to have to step our offense, get the ball off quick and we’re not going to have room for any mistakes.” It’s an opportunity the team isn’t taking for granted. “Everything we get now, we earn,” said Tim McDowell, McNary running back. “If we’re not hungry for it, our season’s over, and we don’t want to quit.” Aside from the shot at redemption, the sideline story to the contest is another meeting with Tom Smythe, the former Celtic head coach that led the team to two state titles. Smythe took over the Lakeridge program last year at a time when the school was contemplating cutting it altogether. “Last year, we kept the boat afloat. Our goal this season was be competitive and we’ve done that, but now we’re getting greedy and we want some wins. That’s the mentality well take into this game,” Smythe said. Smythe will be looking to two players on Friday to see his team through: quarterback Tommy Knecht, who’s passed for a couple of...

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‘Full speed ahead’ on fluoridation

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes After hours of testimony Keizer city councilors opted Monday night not to stop planned purchases to fluoridate five of the city’s wells. The city currently fluoridates nine wells and is contractually obligated to add it to a tenth well. The city’s water master plan calls for adding fluoridating equipment to all the city’s wells. Even if the proposal had passed it would not have ended fluoridation in Keizer completely. Voting to stop the equipment purchase: Councilors Richard Walsh and Brandon Smith Voting to continue the equipment purchase: Mayor Lore Christopher, Councilors Cathy Clark, David McKane, Mark Caillier and Jim Taylor. The vote concluded three-plus hours of passionate testimony that went well into the evening. A plethora of area dentists testified on fluoride’s benefits. Public Works Director Rob Kissler said Keizer’s water is 100 percent fluoridated approximately 80 percent of the time. The exception is the summer months, when water usage goes up due in part to irrigation, filling swimming pools and the like. During those months, wells  that normally aren’t used much see more usage. Some of these wells are not fluoridated, meaning people who live near them may not be getting the full amount of fluoride normally added to the system. The additional purchases and installation would cost about $48,015. One Newberg-based dentist said uneven levels of fluoride make it difficult for...

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Be nice

With few exceptions the just completed midterm campaign was among the nastiest in recent memory.  Name-calling and personal attacks were in evidence across the country.  It started in 2009 when many Congressmembers were met at hometown meetings by constituients angry about health care reform, which gave rise to the Tea Party. Anger was the mood that permeated the midterm elections. The rest of the country can take some civility lessons from Keizer. At the city council meeting on Monday, Nov. 1, the issue of fluoridation took center stage.  Supporters and opponents of fluoride in city water took their three minutes to testify.  Fluoridation is an emotional as well as a scientific and wellness issue.  Some of the testimony and exchanges became testy and uncomfortable. Mayor Lore Christopher pronounced early during public comments that personal remarks would not be tolerated—neither from those speaking to the council or from councilmembers.  She lightly rebuked Councilor Richard Walsh for  his questioning of Dr. Brian Gilmour, a Salem dentist, about methods used to categorize fluoride as a hazardous material.  The hearing on fluoridation could have easily degenerated into loud, nasty exchanges but Christopher’s cool head and demand for decorum kept the proceedings civil. There will be issues that inevitably divide the council and the community.  The differences we face should never trump our ability to civilly communicate across the divide.  The discussion of fluoridation...

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Art matters in Keizer

The Keizer Art Association, which had humble beginnings, has become a player on the art and city scene. Under the direction of past and present presidents such as Jonathan Boys and Robert Selby plus the other officers and board members, the art association offers art classes, art shows and exhibits at the Enid Joy Mount Gallery at the Keizer Heritage Center on the civic center campus. The all-volunteer organization will kick off the holiday season with its annual Black/White & Gray show in November with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 6.  The show, the biggest of the year for the association, showcases paintings, photos and sculpture by regional artists.  It is a free show that Keizerites can attend to get a taste of what local artists are producing. The Black/White & Gray Show is held every November but there are many other opportunities to get close to art.  The Kidzart program in the summer offers Keizer’s kids the chance to get their hands and minds into different projects.  For adults the association’s class offerings are designed for both the amateur and advanced artist. The art association is one of the non-profit organizations that make Keizer a good place to live.  Professional art of all types can be found in its gallery in a comfortable setting that is welcoming rather than intimidating. The art association is also inthe midst of...

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