Month: August 2011

Clean up your town with Keizertimes and SeeClickFix

Keizer and Salem residents can now report potholes, burned-out street lights, damaged sidewalks and more for free and anonymously at Thanks to a partnership between the Keizertimes and SeeClickFix, an innovating Connecticut-based startup, anyone can click on a map and report problems they see and experience throughout the Salem-Keizer area. To get started, just visit or check out the right sidebar at “Our goal at SeeClickFix is to help create a world where everyone feels empowered and can play an active role in their neighborhood,” said Emma Richards, community manager at SeeClickFix. “We’re thrilled Keizertimes will be incorporating our platform into not only their website, but also into the Keizer community.” Public works representatives from both Salem and Keizer have agreed to accept complaints and concerns from the Keizertimes on behalf of our readers. “We rely on our neighbors and citizens for their input so we can respond to their needs,” said Rob Kissler, public works director for the City of Keizer. The Keizertimes joins a prestigious list of publications working with SeeClickFix, among them The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Miami Herald. “This partnership goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to increasing civic participation and covering Keizer like no one else can,” said Managing Editor Jason Cox. “We’re happy to provide our readers this service and allow them an easy, anonymous...

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Pitch perfect and hitting the high notes

A contingent of 120 fourth through ninth graders, including some out-of-district students, recently attended the second annual McNary High School choir camp. The week consisted of the students singing is a variety of choirs learning a varied repertory of music. The week culminated in a performance for parents and community members showcasing the students work on eight musical numbers. In addition to the morning choir camp, students were offered afternoon, small group lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. “Jim Taylor did an outstanding job casting a vision, and then  executing another outstanding summer opportunity for our choral students in the McNary area,” said Andy Thomas, Whiteaker Middle School choir...

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