Month: December 2010

Keizer woman celebrates centennial plus a nickel

Audrey Miller, a resident of a local Keizer assisted living home, celebrates her 105th birthday Friday, Dec. 31. Miller was born in Matlock, Iowa on Dec. 31, 1905. She attended and graduated high school in Shelton, Iowa, and became a country school teacher before she met and married Wayne Miller on Sept. 1, 1926. Wayne Miller became the local pharmacist; Audrey became a homemaker and raised three children: Rod Miller, Norma Mayfield and Roger Miller. In 1941, Wayne – a member of the National Guard – was sent by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to training in Louisiana. He then served in England from 1941 to 1945. In the meantime, Audrey took care of the household and children; she also contributed by working retail. Once the children were grown, they moved west, and Wayne and Audrey followed to remain close to their family. They settled on Salem, Ore. Wayne continued to work as a pharmacist while Audrey helped care for many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Audrey stayed ambulatory and busy until she reached her late 90s, said son Roger Miller “She was always there for the good times, but she was always there for the bad, too,” Roger said. “We could rely on her any time no matter what,” he...

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Andrew Wilson

Mr. Wilson, of Keizer, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. He was 78. Born Oct. 23, 1931, in Baudette, Minn. to Sarah (Saddie) McQuade and Jay Judd Wilson, at age 12 he and his 10-year-old brother Buck left home to work on the railroad. He wed Arvilla Pugh on Feb. 24, 1952. He moved to Salem in 1960, establishing a career in painting. After living in Alaska for a time he returned to the Salem area in 1993. He was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Knights of Columbus and Eagles. He enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing. Survivors include: five children, Duane, Shirley Wait (Don), Pam Moffett, Steve (Judi), Debra Bowar (Doug) and Sarah Wiley (Steve); 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 22. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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KYSA makes format changes, adds online registration

Online registration for the Keizer Youth Sports Association is open for the 2011 season. Registration can be completed by visiting www.keizeryouthsports.org. The website was set up by Jason Lewis, of Lewis Web Design. KYSA will also have in-person registrations in the coming weeks: • Saturdays, Jan. 8 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whiteaker Middle School cafeteria. • Wednesdays, Jan. 12 and 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Keizer Fire District, 661 Chemawa Road NE. “KYSA is proud to offer the largest youth baseball and softball program in Keizer. We have nearly 800 families participating in our program and more than 60 teams,” said Susanne Barker, KYSA Community Outreach Director.  “We’re also announcing some exciting changes and improvements to the Baseball program for 2011 that will allow more opportunities for kids to compete at various levels and will also help improve player development for all participants. Baseball KYSA will continue to be a “full service” program, offering opportunities for every skill level and every player aged 5-14, she said.  However in 2011, the organization will move to a single season format for baseball player ages 9-14.  Baseball player ages 9-12 will have the option to play in KYSA’s recreational league (April – June) or in the JBO league (May – mid-July).  Baseball players aged 13-14 will play in the JBO league only. “It’s been...

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Right to vote

To the Editor: I do not understand the extraordinary flagrant harsh voices over the attempt by citizens of Keiser to ensure their rights of citizenship through the right to vote for the new tax on cell phones. The rush by the city to enact the ordinance is a flagrant attempt to deprive me of my right to vote. Those citizens of Keizer who are working to obtain this right to vote by referendum in a very short time frame and with the only recourse of going door-to-door should be applauded as it is an extremely difficult task. I submit that every Keizer resident should support this endeavor whether or not they support the city’s arguments for the tax. No one should ever give up their right to vote; it is a dangerous precedent. Karen Trucke...

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Area’s job picture grows bleaker

Salem’s jobless rate continued to rise in November, and was almost a full point above the statewide unemployment rate. The jobless rate in the Salem area rose from October’s revised 11 percent to 11.5 percent in November – higher than both the statewide number of 10.6 percent and the November 2009 local rate of 10.6 percent. “It’s tough to find a whole lot of good news to point to,” said Patrick O’Connor of Worksource Oregon. Regarding the difference between Salem and the statewide number, O’Connor said some sectors have seen modest gains, but Salem seems to be an exception. Another factor in a growing jobless rate – calculated in part by calculating the number of unemployed people actively seeking work versus the number of employed people in Marion and Polk counties – is that more people seem to be seeking employment as of late. An estimated 21,630 people in Marion and Polk counties were unemployed in a civilian labor force of 201,352 people. The area has dropped about 1,600 jobs in the past month, but O’Connor said it’s “very normal” for the local economy to shed 1,100 positions or even a bit more as food harvesting and processing season ends. The local economy could take another hit as legislators balance budgets during the upcoming session, O’Connor said. “One of the other concerns for the Salem areas is knowing where...

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