Month: December 2010

40 small things that make Keizer BIG

Everyone knows the obvious things that make Keizer a great place to live—low taxes, good schools and such.  But what about the small things that weave the fabric that is life in Keizer?  Here is a subjective list of things, in no particular order, that make Keizer big: • Don, and his picturesque chirashi at Sushi Town. • The staff at Keizer True Value Hardware who direct their customers to the best purchase. • The castle-style house on Leo Street, and all the other homes that bear a unique owner’s mark. • Jerry McGee, who can answer pretty much any local history question thrown at him. • Hometown pride. Oregonians love their state, but Salem seems to have a confidence problem. Keizer bears no such burden. • Neighborhood folks who care enough to replace the Palma Ceia signs. Those stands looked odd by themselves. • Costumed characters at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics. • The Thai iced tea at Thai Lotus. • The musicals at McNary High School. • The paw pavers at the dog park. • The deck at Caruso’s Italian Cafe at sunset. • Uptown Music’s in-store concerts. • McNary students changing the world through their involvement with the Hands are Not For Hurting project and Humanitarian Watch Club. • Switching on the lights on Keizer’s Christmas tree with Santa. • Five congregations uniting at the Keizer Community...

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Aurelia P. Edwards

Ms. Edwards, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. She was 92. Born in San Antonio, Texas, to Tobe J. Pierce and Nora Lenert Pierce, she lived in Thailand and Central America, eventually settling with her husband Dorsey at Avamere Court Retirement Community. She was a private pilot and enjoyed flying and traveling. She attended Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. She also established a scholarship at Oregon State University in her husband’s name. Ms. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey, stepson, James Blair Edwards; sisters, Kathryn Pierce Roth and Nora May Pierce; and her parents. Survivors include: her stepson, Elizabeth Joan Lepley; a niece; a granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and two-great grandchildren. No services will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to The Salem Foundation, PO Box 2305, Salem, OR 97308. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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Tax supporters just don’t get it

To the Editor: Proponents of the newly proposed cell phone tax/fee for Keizer residents owning cell phones are trying to make Keizer residents and voters look like folks who are against proper funding for our 911 services and fire department.  They just don’t get it. When our city council decided to pass a resolution that would facilitate the establishment of a cell phone fee on all cell phone providers in the Keizer calling area, they indicated this would be “less of a burden” to our taxpayers by not requiring them to go to all the trouble to vote on such a matter. Say what?  We taxpayers remember the Boston Tea Party and this cell phone matter very closely parallels the “taxation without representation” that caused the tea to be spilled into Boston Harbor.  If funds are in need to implement 911 calls through the police and fire departments, attend to this issue separately and leave the cell phone service alone. Also, I wish the proponents of taxation without representation would quit trying to make the petition-gathering process look like an evil thing that has descended upon our community.  I for one am very thankful that we have folks with enough foresight to get organized and collect the necessary signatures that would allow us residents and voters a chance to exercise our democratic rights and responsibilities. Ed Weber...

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Year in Review: Top 10 of 2010

Taxes, boxes and bikes were among Keizer’s top 10 stories of 2010. Two political controversies will be making headlines in 2011, and an honest mistake – or at least that’s the party line – was one of the hottest stories of the year. Here are, in no particular order, the top 10 stories of 2010 as voted on by Keizertimes staff: • Trader Nope: For aficionados of specialty grocer Trader Joe’s, it was a dream come true. But their hopes vanished along with the sign that was up at Keizer Station for less than 24 hours. A sunny June day saw a new sign at Keizer Station, along with what appeared to be three brand-new tenants: Marshalls, Old Navy and Trader Joe’s. It was an unusual way to announce a new store, and ultimately it was not to be: By the end of the day, the company installing the sign said it was a mistake, and Trader Joe’s said Keizer was not on their radar. A few months later, the grocer announced a new location in south Salem. Was it an odd mistake? Some of our readers didn’t buy it. Old Navy and Marshalls have both since inked deals at Keizer Station, after the city’s top planner said no deals were done for any of the newly-listed destinations. Does that mean a Trader Joe’s in our future? Only time...

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