Month: October 2011

Pops passes down piping tradition

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes It’s never a bad idea to find a common interest with your wife and father-in-law. Now Rick Johnston is passing along a tradition of Scottish pipe and dance to his sons, both of whom have joined him in a local bagpiping group. Rick and sons Charles, 17, and Robbie, 14, are performing in this weekend’s Kirkin of the Tartans service at First Presbyterian Church in Salem. The service honors the Scottish tradition in the church. “It’s kind of a blending of the Scottish heritage and the Presbyterian faith,” said Johnston, who lives with his family in west Keizer. He’s been playing bagpipes for a little more than 10 years now; he said his interest began in earnest around the time Braveheart was released on DVD. Starring Mel Gibson, the film tells the story of Scotland’s first war of independence. Father-in-law Jim Macpherson played the pipes, and the whole family got into the scene. Johnston’s wife, Janet, was a competitive Highland dancer, as were her sisters, and his son is a drummer. Johnston was sitting on Macpherson’s couch watching the movie and playing around with a recorder-like instrument – “he kinda roped me into it,” Johnston said. He played on a practice chanter – a reed instrument beginners learn on and more experienced pipers use them to hone their craft. But that wouldn’t do for...

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McNary, McKay clash in final league game

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Looking at its win-loss record, it might seem as though the McNary High School varsity football team will make easy work of the McKay Royal Scots (0-4) this week, but those numbers can be deceiving. Despite struggles, the Royal Scots have proven time and again they show up to play and 300-plus yard nights on the rushing game are not out of the ordinary. The Celts meet the Royal Scots on the gridiron Friday, Oct. 28, at McKay. “Our kids’ work ethic has been outstanding. There’s no quit in this group. They’ve been fighting hard and practicing to win every week,” said Jay Minyard, McKay head coach. Royal Scot Tyler Gonzales led his team with 118 yards on 16 carries last week despite a 62-34 loss to South Salem High School. Quarterback Alex Emerson piled up 100 yards running on option plays and chalked up two touchdowns. “Alex has come a long way over the past couple of years and, as a leader, he’s been outstanding on the sidelines keeping everybody’s heads in the game,” Minyard said. Minyard will be looking for his team to keep ahead of McNary’s receivers on the field. The Celts will be looking to mix it up coming off its first conference win, 27-26 over Sprague High School. “We’re super-jacked about it and we we feel like...

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Homecoming Court 2011

  McNary High School’s homecoming court gathers for a photo last Friday. This year’s court comprises of: Freshmen Zoe Arnsmeier, Naomi McDonnell, Austin Curtis & Chance Clark;  Sophomores Bonnie Kerr, Lexi Price, Hunter Bomar, & Hayden Gosling;  Juniors Elizabeth John, Teresa Peterson, Kelly Cowan, & Cole Flanigan; Seniors are Beth Bello, Stefani Kephart, Camile Nelson, Averi Wing, Trevor Braun, DJ Harryman, Edgar Jimenez, & AJ...

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Live within budget: no on 24-324

By TIM C.  SMITH Most of you are hopefully aware there is a measure on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election proposing to amend the city charter and impose a $4.86 per month tax on every residential dwelling unit and non-residential unit in the city limits to pay for public safety communications.  That’s $4.86 on every home, office, apartment or other building or living space in Keizer. There are several points I’d like to make about this tax. Let me start by stating I support law enforcement and public safety.  I believe having adequate protection in place is important for a healthy, safe community.  But Keizer already has adequate protection and is a safe place to live and brings me to my first point. Voting no on this measure will not change your 911 service at all.   Even the proponents of this tax admit that fact.  Your 911 service is not going anywhere.  You will still be able to call for police, fire and ambulance service when you need it and they will show up to help you.  Nothing will change if you vote against this new tax. The proponents also admit people in Keizer are hurting right now because of high unemployment or lost income.  This brings me to my second point: We can’t afford another new tax right now. People are hurting.  They are having...

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It’s just not right

By TOM BAUER I am writing this in support of Roland Herrera, a 19-year employee of the city of Keizer. I first became acquainted with Roland in 1987. That was my first year in Keizer Little League with my oldest son. Those years in Little League were some of our finest because we were all part of Little League’s great history! I was working on the Little League fields one day and I heard this voice say, “Do you need some help?”  It was one of those voices that once you hear it you remember it forever. This raspy voice turned out to be the voice that everyone has come to know, Roland Herrera, one of the truly great people I have ever known. Back in those days there were 1,300 kids playing Little League and everyone was trying to beat the Rangers in the majors. Two teams that had the best chance were the Yankees, my son’s team, and of course the team Roland coached, the Twins. When you heard “That guy was the first one here and the last one to leave” you knew whom they were talking about. That’s right, Roland. As these years have passed and all of our kids have grown up, not many of us are deep into youth sports anymore but this one guy. Yep, it’s Roland. I think he has done...

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