Month: February 2012

Dog park off limits for now

The Keizer Rapids Dog Park is closed, and will stay that way for more than a month. The closure is for maintenance and renovation purposes. Re-opening will be around the middle of March, weather and conditions depending. The remainder of the park is open to on-leash dogs only. City crews will be fertilizing and then resting heavily used areas. Much of the large dog park has become quite muddy, an email from Witham said, and the city has gotten complaints of large dogs using the small dogs...

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Songwriter’s Showcase kicks off Feb. 9

A new monthly musical event aims to promote local musicians and their original work. The Songwriter’s Showcase will be at Uptown Music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. It’s the first in a series, which will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month. The showcase is free to the public, and free non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided. The store is located at 3827 River Road N. This month’s headliner is Faeberella, a Salem-based jazz and dark cabaret group. Also featured are the Getto Band with Gr8teful Ted and steel guitar player Dwayne Gaddie. The Songwriter’s Showcase is sponsored by the Keizertimes and Talent in the Getto, a weekly show on CCTV focusing solely on local musicians. Each showcase will be filmed for the show. “Our intentions are to help songwriters work together, share ideas and promote their projects,” said Pat Robinson, who co-hosts the show. Musicians wanting a spot in the showcase can call 503-393-2596 or email ptsongman@hotmail.com. Uptown will continue to host its jam night on the third Wednesday of each...

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Junior Olympian won’t be fenced in

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Anyone thinking of challenging Keizerite Cole Mallette to a sword duel might want to think twice. Chances are Mallette is better. Earlier this month, Mallette qualified for the Junior Olympics in fencing with high-placed finishes in the Junior Olympic Qualifying tournament hosted by Northwest Fencing Center. “I didn’t expect to do as well as I did in the Junior program because I was up against older, more experienced fencers, but when I did, it qualified me as a cadet, too,” Mallette, 14, said. Cadet fencers are age 17 and younger, while junior fencers are 20 and younger. Mallette took sixth place in the junior epee bracket and third in the cadet epee bracket. The accomplishment earned him a berth to compete in the Junior Olympics February 17-20 in Salt Lake City. It will be his first time at the event, but it bodes well for the future, said Michael Heggen, Mallette’s instructor at Salem Classical Fencing. “The Junior Olympics are the national championships and a stepping stone toward the world championships,” Heggen said. “It’s unusual for someone as young as he is to have made it that far already.” Given that it’s Mallette’s first appearance on the grand stage, Heggen will be happy for him to perform well in pool matches and the first direct elimination bouts. “Locally, Cole is one of...

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