Day: January 11, 2012

Blue Caboose seeks passengers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A new northeast Keizer daycare is sounding the “all aboard.” Little Blue Caboose Daycare, 2498 Aldine Court N.E., opened up its doors earlier this week. The daycare has space for six children with future expansion, up to 16 children, in the works. “We want it to be an experience where the kids are asking, ‘Do I get to go to daycare?’ instead of ‘Do I have to go to daycare?’” said owner Maxine Armstrong. Armstrong is running the daycare with daughters Chandra Griffith and Nakita White. Care services are offered for children ages six weeks to 10 years. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. All care providers have completed behavior and criminal background checks as well as infant CPR and first aid certifications. “Eventually, we’ll have before and after schoolers and be set up to do some local transportation,” Armstrong said. Breakfast, lunch and two snacks with an emphasis on healthy, natural, no preservative foods are provided each day. The daycare, at a private home, includes a playroom, a kitchen that will double as a craft and school room, and a rest room with infant beds. Future plans include a converted garage that will allow Little Blue Caboose’s clients more freedom to run without the traditional damp Oregon weather dousing the fun. Outside play will be encouraged rain or shine. Griffith is...

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Treb returns for season five with Volcanoes

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have announced that Tom “Treb” Trebelhorn will return to the Volcanoes as Field Manager in 2012. Trebelhorn’s return marks his fifth season with the Volcanoes, the longest tenure for any Volcanoes manager since the team’s inception in 1997.  The Volcanoes won the Northwest League’s Western Division Title in 2008 and 2009, and the Northwest League Championship in 2009, under Trebelhorn’s leadership. Trebelhorn, a Portland native and graduate of Cleveland High School and Portland State University, is entering his 43rd year of professional baseball as a player, coach and manager.   He managed in the major league and was named American League Manager of the Year in 1987 by Baseball America and Sports Illustrated. “Treb has a wealth of knowledge to share, has had great success, and knows what it takes to advance to the next level.  The Volcanoes are thrilled to have Treb back in a Volcanoes uniform,” said Jerry Walker, Volcanoes team president. Jerry Cram will return as the Volcanoes pitching coach.  Cram, who coached with the Volcanoes in 2011, also served as the Volcanoes pitching coach from 2004-2008.  Under his guidance, the Volcanoes won three consecutive Northwest League Western Division Championships and two consecutive Northwest League Championships. Keizer native Ricky Ward will return as a Volcanoes coach. Ward joined the Volcanoes during the 2005 season, and has been with the Volcanoes each year since....

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