Month: April 2011

Bob Palmer for MCFD board #1

To the Editor: I am writing to endorse Robert “Bob” Palmer for the position of Director at Marion County Fire District No. 1. My name is Dan Olsen.  I served as Fire Chief and Budget Officer of Marion County Fire District No. 1 from 1996-2000.  During that time it was my pleasure to work with Bob Palmer. As Fire Chief, I know the importance of having Directors on the Board that understand the challenges, are fiscally responsive and are committed to serving in the best interest of the citizens, employees and volunteers of the District. Bob Palmer is the right person for the right position at the right time. He manages a successful small business. As a construction superintendent, he has the expertise to successfully deal with large budgets and be fiscally responsible. Bob served his community for twenty-three years, as a volunteer firefighter and officer with Fire District 1, retiring as Deputy Chief. His experience, skills and dedication make him the best choice for the position of Director. Please join the growing number of supporters who are voting for Bob Palmer for Marion County Fire District Director position No. 2. Trustworthy…Experienced…Dedicated.  Palmer—Fire District Director. Dan Olsen...

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Support Randy Franke

To the Editor: Please consider joining me in voting for Randy Franke for Marion County Fire District #1. I’ve known Randy Franke for more than 25 years and can affirm his professional leadership skills, and impeccable integrity. You can always count on Randy to do his homework, and be confident that he involves people from all sides of an issue. Randy means what he says and you can trust him. I’m voting for Randy Franke for Marion County Fire District #1, and I hope everyone does the same. Mary Kanz...

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Improving our environment

To the Editor: As we reflect on the just-passed Earth Day, we should each consider how we can take steps to improve our environmental performance.  At Covanta Marion, we strive for continuous improvement and have a number of programs and design elements to contribute to our overall environmental performance. In 2010, by recovering energy from our municipal waste, we produced 86,352 megawatt hours of clean renewable energy – enough energy to power 8,000 homes.  And, for each ton of waste we processed, we reduced greenhouse gas emissions by about one ton.  We also recycled 4,704 tons of ferrous metals in 2010.  These important natural resources would not be recycled if our waste went to a landfill instead of an Energy-from-Waste facility.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, each ton of ferrous metal we recycled saved 1.7 tons of greenhouse gases. While we are very proud of our 2010 performance, we hope to do even better in 2011 while continuing to serve our community with reliable, sustainable waste disposal and clean renewable energy generation. Karen Breckenridge Covanta...

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Support Randy Franke

To the Editor: I am writing in support of re-electing Randy Franke to the Marion County Fire District #1 Board of Directors. He served as our Marion County commissioner for 24 years and I had the opportunity to observe him in that role first hand. It was his vision that created the comprehensive solid waste management system from curb side recycling to energy from our waste that can not be recycled. We continue to be a leader in recycling in Oregon today because of his leadership.  He did his homework, he listened to those who had questions, and when he was sure environmental and cost issues had been addressed, he led where others held back. We need his fearless leadership, honesty, and integrity on the Marion County Fire District #1 board now more than ever.  Join me in voting for Randy Franke. Wayne A. Thackery...

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Shakespeare conquers Haight-Ashbury at MHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As if tackling Shakespeare wasn’t enough, McNary High School’s drama department decided to give their take on the Bard’s “As You Like It” an extra twist in a play already filled with them. The Celtic production of the play, which kicked off Thursday pass press time, continues April 29-30 and May 5-7, trades the royal court for the corporate world and the forest folk for hippies in the “groovy” version. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for all shows and tickets are $5. “It’s one of the most relatable [Shakespeare] plays and easy to understand,” said actor Laney McCartney, who is portraying Karen, queen of the hippies. “It matches the time of the 60s better than other Shakespearean work taken out of its time.” “Even little kids could come and be mesmerized by the color and the music,” added Eric Kearns, who shoulders the role of Orlando. The play revolves around Shakespeare’s comparison between country and city life. Duke Senior has fled the court, and his usurping brother, Duke Frederick, and gone into the forest (Golden Gate Park) and now lives a simple and ideal life with his followers. The plot of the story follows the exploits of Rosalind (played by senior Hannah Alice Patterson), Duke Senior’s daughter, who becomes part of the forest folk while disguised as a man. When she encounters...

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