Month: November 2010

Wolverine choir prepares for Cabaret, ‘concert on steroids’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two years ago, members of the Whiteaker Middle School concert choir were looking up to the eighth graders at the school as they dazzled the audience at the annual Cabaret show. This year they’re looking forward to assessing the talent of the younger choir members and what they’ll bring to the program after the elder students move on to high school. “When you’re in sixth grade, you’re in awe of how good the eighth graders are and now everyone’s looking up at you,” said Nick LaFountaine. The choir is prepping for some of its biggest shows of the year, the Cabaret, slated at New Hope Foursquare Church, 4963 Swegle Rd N.E., in Salem. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the school. “It’s a glorified concert where we add staging and lighting, it’s a step in between choir concerts and Broadway production,” said Andy Thomas, Whiteaker choir director. The theme for this year’s show is “100 Years of Broadway.” “Different choirs are taking different eras and then we’ll have a big, mass number at the end,” said eighth grader Zoe Arnsmeier. Money raised through tickets, raffles and dessert and beverage sales support choir activities throughout the year, but most of the funds will support the choir’s field...

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Freshman football team lays claim to league title

McNary High School’s freshman football team clinched the Central Valley Conference frosh championship with a hard fought 44-36 win at Sprague Thursday, Oct. 21. The win improved the Celts’ record to 8-0 for the season with a homestand with McKay past press time as the only potential roadblock to an undefeated season. After Sprague opened the scoring in the first quarter to lead 6-0, McNary’s Brett Hildebrand ran 14 yards for a touchdown, which along with a Hayden McCowan point after, led to a brief 7-6 Celtic lead. Sprague returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and added the two-point conversion pass for a 14-7 lead. The Olys extended their cushion to 20-7 after a touchdown in the second quarter. After holding the Celtics, Sprague was driving for another score when Garrett Hittner intercepted an Oly pass with 1:12 remaining in the half. McNary drove the length of the field capped it off with a 15-yard Jonathan Doutt touchdown pass to Tanner Purkey just before buzzer sounded. With McCowan’s extra point kick, the Celts closed the gap to 20-14 at halftime. Andrew Lawrence hit Hittner on a 68-yard pass for the only points of the third quarter knotting the score at 20-20. McCowen kicked a 20-yard field goal to open a frantic 4th quarter and give McNary a 23-20 lead. Daniel Brattain intercepted an Oly pass for and ran...

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Supplies running low at community food bank

The shelves were empty when volunteers walked into the Keizer Community Food Bank Monday night. They had to dip into the food bank’s funds to provide enough food for the 42 families that came, spending $1,100 at Roth’s after a discount. “It’s a pretty good chunk of the balance,” said Nancy Morgan, publicity director for the Food Bank. “The alternative would have been to turn people away, and we don’t want to do that.” As the holiday season approaches, Morgan said stock dwindles throughout the summer. “The fortunate thing right his moment is we have a good supply of fresh food coming through, but that’s going to end soon as harvest season ends,” Morgan said. She said the food bank has cut back on the amount of food placed in each box. “It’s still adequate and meets the standards,” Morgan added. The food bank is housed at Faith Lutheran Church on River Road. Food donations can be brought there Monday evenings and Thursday mornings, and financial contributions can be mailed to PO Box 20968, Keizer, OR 97307. [MAP:...

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Council won’t stop fluoride expansion

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 and Jim Taylor. See Friday’s Keizertimes for...

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Big box restrictions make special election ballot

A local ballot measure restricting buildings more than 65,000 square feet to Keizer Station’s Area A qualified for a special election next year. The Keizer City Council can pre-empt the election by choosing to adopt the measure at its November 15 meeting. Otherwise it goes to voters March 8, 2011. Chief petitioners are Kevin Hohnbaum, Jane Mulholland and James Jobes. They submitted about 3,765 signatures, and at least 2,739 – the minimum number needed to make the ballot –...

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