Day: August 26, 2011

SeeClickFix – Aug 26, 2011

Keizer and Salem residents can now report potholes, burned-out street lights, damaged sidewalks and more for free and anonymously at Included here are recent complaints. We’re taking complaints and concerns about everything from broken streetlights to pesky bushes.  Shrubbery at a local business on Lancaster Drive NE made it hard to see around the corner while leaving Walmart. But Mike Gotterba, spokesman for Salem Public Works, saw the post on our website and got it fixed before we could even report it to him. “City of Salem Staff followed up and the property owner has trimmed the bushes back to where the view is unobstructed,” he posted on the site last week. In Keizer, public works staff recently cleared obstructed traffic signs on Keizer Road NE and Verda Lane NE after residents sent us their observations. In fairness to all parties involved, some issues are easier to fix than others. A broken streetlight is a simple repair, potholes are a bit more complicated. One complaint, asking for a redesign of the River Road-Broadway-Front Street triangle, would take years to fix. (Still a good idea though.) To report a problem in your neighborhood visit Other issues brought to our attention recently: • Obstructed traffic signs on Keizer Road NE and Verda Lane NE. • A traffic light at Lancaster Drive and Silverton Road NE that leaves drivers sitting...

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Vets only space at civic center

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizerite John Rizzo said Thursday the Keizer Civic Center will have the first veterans-only parking sign in the city – and possibly the nation. A dedication ceremony will be at the Keizer Civic Center at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 6. “This will be done with private funds,” Rizzo added via email. It will  be a marked spot for veterans; no license plate required, said Keizer City Councilor David McKane, who supported the idea. There’s no enforcement mechanism; compliance will be voluntary. “In order for the council to agree, we had to remove the veteran license plate requirement,” McKane said. “Now it is simply a marked spot for veterans. That is good, but too bad. The minimal cost for a veteran license plate helps fund two veteran homes in Oregon. I think that point was lost by the council.” City Manager Chris Eppley said the move is “something we can do now, for little or no cost, that would carry on perpetuity, and that was a unique gesture no one had done before anywhere in the country. “I am personally very pleased that we will be able to honor our veterans in this manner and agree with the decision of the council whole-heartedly,” he...

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Committee openings include planning, budget

A bevy of city committees and task forces have volunteer vacancies. Applications are due by Sept. 2 for positions on the Bikeways, Budget, Points of Interest and Keizer Channel 23 committees, the planning and traffic safety commissions and the Festival and Events Services team. You can apply by visiting or calling 503-390-3700 • The Planning Commission makes recommendations regarding land use decisions, growth, development and beautification. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Members must file a statement of economic interest disclosure form. • The Budget Committee examines, analyses and makes recommendations on the city budget. They meet in April and May. Applicants must be a registered voter in Keizer. • The Festival and Events Services Team is a new group that will research development of venues, streamline policies and ordinances for potential events, develop an all-inclusive community calendar and a marketing...

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State Fair offers many ways to save on tickets

The Oregon State Fair kicks off today – Friday, Aug. 26 – and no matter who you are there’s a decent chance you qualify for discounted admission on at least one day. Saturday, Aug. 27: Oregon Lottery Day. Bring a Powerball or Mega Millions ticket purchased in August to the State Fair Entry Gate for $2 off adult admission between 4 – 11 p.m. Players must be 18 or older to play and qualify for this discount. Monday, Aug. 29: Les Schwab Tires Kids Day. Kids aged 0-13 will receive free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a coupon from any Les Schwab Tires store in Oregon and southwest Washington. The store is sponsoring a 50 percent discount on rides and games. Tuesday, Aug. 30: Comcast Wristband Day. Unlimited carnival rides for $30 (two games worth of game tickets included with each wristband). Tuesday, Aug. 30: Oregon National Guard Tribute to Veterans. Veterans will be admitted into the Fair free of charge with a voucher available in Vets News and online at or at the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs’ office in Salem. Tuesday, Aug. 30: Senior Day. Take $1 off Senior Admission price all day. Wednesday, Aug. 31: Bi-Mart Wristband Day. Unlimited carnival rides for $30 (two games worth of game tickets included with each wristband). Thursday, Sept. 1: Red Hat Ladies Day. Red Hat...

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No child left behind

By ALLEN PRELL Expect students to study harder, when teachers  are willing to teach harder. Our expectations from students, young and old, has changed over time. So has the expectations from the employers in today’s hard economic times. The first action after graduation  for most students is the job interview. How we speak, answer questions, and think on our feet is behind every interview. Hiring managers are looking for brief answers with examples to support the questions. Public speaking is the number one fear for children and adults alike. What happened to reading, writing, arithmetic, and public speaking? My child did well in all subjects, except math. This subject often challenges young and old. Teachers in K through 12 and upper division education must be good at what they teach or they would not be teachers. This article is not intended to define teaching or  insult those in the profession, but to raise attention to a skill teachers have and students have not yet mastered. Teaching a class is an honor and a privilege. Teachers are given the responsibility of inspiring and imparting knowledge of a subject they are well versed in. Can a math teacher really identify with the student who does not connect the same learning pattern to math that they would to English or history? During a conference with a teacher, I posed some simple questions....

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