Day: July 1, 2011

Civil War comes to Willamette Mission

The Northwest Civil War Council will present a full reenactment of the Civil War at Willamette Mission State Park from Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. As many as 800 Civil War reenactors will present the living conditions and circumstances of early 1863 as well as battle reenactments each day with artillery, infantry and cavalry. The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, will offer over six acres of  living history with reenactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites, and character.  Battles are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  There will also be demonstrations presenting period medical practices each day, multiple period music demonstrations, a daily fashion show and hundreds of period tents showing a variety of activities that would be found at an 1863 military and civilian campsite. On Monday historian Steve Betschart will present ‘Oregon during the Civil War’ at 1:30 p.m.   There will be a Civil War-era church service on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 55 and older  and students with ID.  Kids under six are free.  There is also a day use fee from the Park Service.  Willamette Mission State Park is north of Keizer on sleep in canvas tents while they participate in battle reenactments and military or civilian...

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Little River Band, Tracy Lawrence featured at fair

Marion County Fair weekend brings with it both major national acts and homegrown talent. Here’s a glimpse at fair entertainment: Thursday, July 7: Tracy Lawrence, all seats $20. With 18 no. 1 hits, Lawrence is known for country classics like “Sticks and Stones,” “Time Marches On,” “Lessons Learned,” “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Texas Tornado” and “Alibis.” Friday, July 8: Little River Band, all seats $20. Little River Band had hits in the 70s and 80s like “It’s A Long Way There,” “Happy Anniversary,” “Help is On Its Way,” “Reminiscing,” “Cool Change” and more. Saturday, July 9: Radio Disney, featuring Josh Golden and Savannah Outen, meet and greet 5:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., free with fair admission. For a more local flavor, general admission to the fair buys a glimpse at these acts: Thursday, July 7: Severin Sisters, bluegrass, 5:15 p.m. Friday, July 8: Ty Curtis Band, blues, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, July 9: Sunderland, alternative pop/rock, 9:15 p.m. Tickets available for Lawrence and Little River Band at; fair general admission is included in the...

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More than 400 jobs lost with approval of Salem-Keizer budget

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer school board adopted the district’s 2011-12 budget Tuesday night, a budget that involved personnel cuts that no one liked making. Adoption of the $621,978,721 budget came on a 5-1 vote, with director Ron Jones opposing passage and director Chuck Lee absent. Noting that three elementary schools, including Lake Labish just northeast of Keizer, were being discontinued as individual schools while a middle school and an elementary school were being built in West Salem, Jones said the board and administration should have examined the general fund more closely and eliminated such programs as teen parenting. Director Steve Chambers replied, “We’re not closing the schools; we’re repurposing them.” The school buildings still will be used for classes. Director Chris Brantley said that, although he agreed with Jones that there should have been more exchanges of ideas, the reductions in the budget seemed unavoidable. The staff cuts totaled a full-time equivalent of about 420. People spoke from the audience about possibilities of saving library teaching jobs. Chambers said the budget addressed as well as possible his primary concerns of maintaining library collections and teaching library skills. Also approved were appropriations for the budget, imposing and categorizing taxes, and confirming the continuing requirement for the asset replacement fund. A resolution to confirm a change in the targeted ending balance for the general fund was tabled,...

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