Month: September 2011

Keizer Fire battles two blazes in one night

Keizer Fire District firefighters were kept busy last night with two structure fires and five medical calls. The first structure fire was reported to 9-1-1 at 7:51 pm, when Nichelle Martin was cooking dinner and smelled burning plastic. She checked the laundry room and kitchen area, but couldn’t locate the source of the smell. One of her sons noticed smoke coming from the bathroom door, which was only open a crack. Upon opening the door fully they saw smoke and flames. The family then evacuated the house and called 9-1-1. When firefighters arrived at 4915 Wolf St N, they found smoke throughout the home, and the bathroom on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished. Fire damage to the home was confined to the bathroom with smoke damage in parts of the house. The home is owned and occupied by Robert Chapman, his fiancé Nichelle Martin, their six children, and roommates Elliot and Ashley Trimble and their son. They had a smoke alarm in the home; however it did not work. The home is insured and the family was able to stay there last night. Two engines, one medic, one duty officer vehicle, one fire investigation vehicle and 11 firefighters responded to the incident. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The second fire was reported to 9-1-1 at 2:42 am when a paint...

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GRAPE NEWS! Sonoma-bound team hopes to stomp their way to victory

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Keizer woman is half of a team vying for the world grape stomping championship in Sonoma, Calif. this weekend. Soraida Cross of Keizer, along with Kristi Reed of Dallas, fly into San Francisco this weekend and are headed to the heart of California’s wine country for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and its World Grape Stomping Championships. They won the all-expenses-paid trip after beating out all other comers at the Willamette Valley Vineyards’ 21st Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Celebration in Salem. Reed was the stomper, Cross was the swabber. Each play a vital role, according to Rachel Shepherd, retail manager of Willamette Valley Vineyards. First, how it works: One person stands in a large bucket with a hole, stomping grapes. The swabber makes sure only grape juice is getting into the bucket below, as pulp and skins are filtered out. Whoever makes the most juice in three minutes wins. “A swabber needs the ability to keep the grape pulp out of the hole, and must be tall enough to reach into the barrel,” Shepherd said. “The biggest skill in that is pushing the pulp to the back of the barrel so the stomper has enough grapes to stomp.” The stomper can be of any size, so long as they have quick feet, she said. Cross, bar manager at Bentley’s Grill in...

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Celts take on Vikes in conference opener

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team finished the preseason with just one win and three losses, but the players hope the lessons buoy them through the tougher weeks ahead. “It feels good to start over, like a sigh of relief,” said Mike Gerasimenko, a Celt receiver and defensive back. “The losses were good for this team. We’re not too cocky going into league, we’re humbled and we’re hungry to win.” The Celts will hope to turn the tide with their first conference game against North Salem High School (2-2) Friday, Sept. 30. When push comes to shove, the team needs to remember that the game is as much mental as physical, said senior Austin Hejny. “When one person gets down, we have to rally around them and pick them back up. That same guy can turn around on the next play and save us if he thinks he can,” he said. Getting healthy was at the top of the Celts’ to-do list this week, said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. It seemed as though the Celtics took another blow to the line-up each week of the preseason. Sidelined starters include quarterback Justin Burgess and linemen Tyler Brown, Joel Hunter and Jesse Bryant. The team lost running back Zac Fegles for the season in the first game. “We’re very depleted with injuries...

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Celtics slay Saxon unbeaten record

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team didn’t win another game this season, they could probably still hold their heads high. On Friday, Sept. 23, the Celts became to first team to beat the South Salem Saxons in a league game since 2008. McNary won 1-0. “It felt just amazing,” said McNary goalkeeper Chritstian DeSantiago. “McNary hasn’t beat them for six years. Just for the whole team, it was a huge confidence boost.” DeSantiago had five saves in the game and said from the front field to the back things were flowing, “Mostly, I think it was just talking that played a big part.” Celt Jose Navarro footed the game-winner on an assist by Reece Braatz in the 72nd minute. “I was in the far post behind everybody. Reece gave me a very good pass. I thought the keeper was going to take it, but it must have slipped through his hand so I just closed my eyes and the next thing I knew it was in,” Navarro said. Navarro and DeSantiago were critical to the win, said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach. The rhythm of the team on the field played a large part in the success, Navarro said. “We started playing loose and in sync with each other, moving smoothly between the touches and passes and playing like...

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