Month: May 2011

Garden tour will feature local outdoor artistry

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Eight handpicked gardens in Keizer will be on full display next weekend – and for a good cause. The 16th A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village Garden Tour and Plant Sale will center around Keizer this year Friday and Saturday, June 3-4. Ray Schreiner’s three-plus acre personal home garden and Dorris Nightengale’s “flower wonderland” are just two of the eight available for touring over the two days, said Stephanie Lenox, promotions director for Discovery Village. “It’s a self-guided tour over two days where people can travel (and) view private gardens,” Lenox said. “You’re going to find something you like on this tour.” Last year’s event was in the Court-Chemeketa district downtown, and about 450 people bought tickets – “and we’re hoping for more, but it’s very weather-dependent,” Lenox said. It’s the first Keizer stop for the tour in 12 years. Tickets are available at any Salem-Keizer area Roth’s Fresh Markets or at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, at 116 Marion Street NE in Salem. Call 503-371-3631. Tickets include a program with a garden map and descriptions. The plant sale will be at The Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill. Gardeners agree to have their work featured, but not before volunteer Cathy Stiles and others track down their favorites. So what is Stiles looking for? First, she tries to find a couple of “good, solid gardens” where...

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Trio honored for reversals in academic achievement

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A few short years ago, if someone had asked Kelsee Blain, Joshua Guerrero and Jedidiah Hunter what they hoped to do once they finished school, all three probably expected they wouldn’t finish school. Today, however, each has a loftier goal. Blain is looking into a career in medicine. Guerrero wants to be a video game designer, or a doctor. Hunter wants to be a lawyer specializing in cases from the deaf community. The Keizer students who were recently honored with the turnaround award had many supporters as they struggled to make a positive change in their lives and school work, but, perhaps more importantly, they discovered that change was within their grasp all along. “People helped me, but it came down to helping myself,” said Kelsee Blain, the Tunaround Award recipient at McNary High School. “I changed my attitude – one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do – and it taught me a lot of things about perseverance and self-confidence.” The Turnaround Achievement Award recognizes area high school and middle school students who made remarkable turnarounds in their lives and academic work. The annual award is sponsored by Don and Ann Lebold, owners of Town & Country Lanes in Keizer. Blain’s early years at McNary High School were a gauntlet of trials and tribulation, said Debi Meier, McNary counselor....

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Tell your city gov’t whatever you want

Ever wanted to tell your local government whatever you want? Now’s your chance. The city of Keizer is hosting an open mic town hall from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. It’s at the Keizer Civic Center. For more information call 503-390-3700....

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Man who ran from cops in stolen car wanted

Police are seeking a man who eluded them in a stolen car early Sunday, May 22. He was identified by Oregon State Police as Harley H. Dyke, 19, from Lynnwood, Wash. A chase began when an Oregon State Police trooper spotted a white 1994 Honda Civic speeding southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 265, going 110 miles per hour. When the trooper tried to stop the car the driver exited into Keizer and headed north. The driver of the Honda made a U-turn at Brooklake Road and River Road, where a trooper crashed into the vehicle’s side. The Honda spun around, knocking over a stop sign, and continued south. Keizer Police eventually found the car on a dead end road near Keizer Rapids Park, and took a passenger into custody. Arrested was Joshua D. Douglas, 18, of Lynnwood, Wash., for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy and canine tried to track the driver, who fled the car, but couldn’t find him. State police are asking anyone who has seen Dyke to call the OSP Northern Command Center at...

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Aggressive dog shot as cops investigate domestic assault

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Keizer Police officer shot and killed a pit bull Thursday night after it lunged at him during a domestic assault call, authorities said Friday. Several officers responded to the 1300 block of Country Glen Avenue NE at about 8:48 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor heard a man and woman screaming, particularly the woman saying, “you’re choking me.” Upon responding officers found a woman with “visible injuries” to her neck and chest, and a pant leg was shredded. She said her ex-husband had attacked her while the pit bull bit at her leg. The ex-husband, who was eventually arrested for five counts of strangulation and one felony count of domestic assault, closed the dog in a bedroom with the female victim’s one-year-old child after it threatened a police officer, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. Authorities said the suspect assaulted the victim in front of their four-year-old son. When the victim went to let the dog out of the child’s room it became fixated on Officer Rodney Bamford, Kuhns said. Both the victim and Bamford tried to control the dog, including letting it out into the back yard, it kept baring its teeth and growling at Bamford, Kuhns said. Bamford tried to distance himself, Kuhns said, by placing an ottoman between him and the dog. But he shot the dog once in the...

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