Day: November 26, 2010

Service with a side of competitiveness

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Every week, students throughout the school district don gloves and hair nets to sling burgers, pizza and whatever else comes from the depths of their cafeteria. But, the program has become much more than an opportunity to dole out pineapple chunks and roasted veggies. For the students who volunteer to serve their peers, it is a test of their particular food’s popularity. “You have to go quick sometimes and faster if what you’re serving is most popular,” said Haley Areal, a Gubser Elementary School third grader and recent lunch server volunteer. The most popular items hands-down is pizza, said Isaiah Petilo, who has volunteered to serve lunches every year since first grade. The worst? “Sandwiches, because no body picks them,” he said. The long-running food server program, run by Sodexo, which supplies food services to Salem-Keizer public schools, is intended to be something more even if it’s youngest participants aren’t always aware of it, said Terri Tjulander, a Sodexo food service manager. “It teaches the kids how to serve each other and teaches them responsibility,” Tjulander said. Individual schools decide which classes get to volunteer each week, but the students themselves volunteer for the honor. Sodexo employees supervise each student as they serve up the daily entrees. “This year we’ve changed the menu a lot. We have a lot more vegetables and...

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Lady Celts will focus on speedy play

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Trying to avoid cliché, the head coach of the McNary varsity basketball team stops short of calling the upcoming season a “rebuilding” year. “We’re going to be much better in the second half than we will in the first half because we’ll be getting to know each other,” said Molly Gehley, Celtic head coach. “It’s a whole new challenge, we’re just young and it’s going to be fun to watch the progression.” The Lady Celts have big boots to fill if they want to match the showing of the past two seasons when McNary took fifth and fourth in state, respectively. “We want to go to state if we can and win league at least,” said Teresa Patterson, a sophomore. “We’re young, but we’ve had a lot of experience together. We’ll have to learn how to guard a lot of taller people and work on our ball handling and outside shots. I think we’re going to be better than people expect.” McNary lost a throng of experienced seniors to graduation that took the team to its best finish in the state since winning the title in 1990. “Our team is basically the junior varsity team from last year,” said Celt Averi Wing. “We’ve been working together for a while and it will be fun to have that bond when we hit the...

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Family radio is in Salem and Keizer

To the Editor: Thank you, listeners of our local teaching AM station.  Thank you for such a warm welcome to Salem.  Although we certainly were willing, we apologize for not personally speaking to you on the air as so many of you desired.  You are all invited to listen to Family Radio locally on 89.5 FM at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The website is familyradio.com. Eric Daniel Gonzalez Grass Valley,...

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Local woman’s success story will be on national television

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Keizer woman’s weight loss – and what motivated her to do it – caught the eye of a television producer on the other side of the country. So much, in fact, Samantha Demchak of Keizer flew to New York City to tape an appearance on the “The Dr. Oz Show” this week. Airing locally on KATU TV-2, the syndicated program is hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz and focuses on medical and health issues. One of his plans is called “Just 10” – a formula to lose 10 pounds, also lowering blood pressure and risk of stroke. Demchak lost 35. “My son decided to join the Air Force,” she explained, adding his absence put her in a bit of a funk. “I’m 41 and I’m a grandmother of two. My dad was paralyzed from a massive stroke when he was 35.” Her father lived 37 more years paralyzed on one half of his body, and “I didn’t want to live like that. And this was the way to do it.” She saw the segment on Dr. Oz and submitted her story. She said the plan is simple. She started by exercising 10 minutes a day – returning shopping carts to the furthest available stall in the lot – and then got on a treadmill. “I needed something that wasn’t a diet. I’ve done Jenny...

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