Month: March 2012

With ex-Celt on the mound, three strikes and you’re out

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If things keep going his way, former Celt Chad Fahey might become the stuff nightmares are made of in college baseball. In recent weeks, Fahey pitched a pair of complete game shut-outs for the Pacific University Boxers. The first came in a March 11, 3-0 victory over George Fox in which Fahey allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. That performance earned the transfer from Chemeketa Community College his first Northwest Conference (NWC) Pitcher Student-Athlete of the Week selection of the season. He claimed his second shut-out, and a second NWC award with a 2-0 shut-out of Lewis & Clark. He allowed a stingy six hits and struck out 11 batters. The 2008 McNary High School graduate credits the Boxer coaching staff with his progress on the mound. “This year, we have new assistant coaches in Matt Dailey and Dan Wolf, and we’ve just been able to spend more time individually with coaches,” Fahey said. Fahey is in his second year with the Boxers after transferring from Chemeketa upon completion of his sophomore year. “It was a big step going into the NWAAC. The league is a really strong league and the game picked up pretty fast, but we had a coach who coached to that speed. It was a little easier than going somewhere else,” he said. Fahey...

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Volunteer opportunity

Volunteers are needed for these City of Keizer committees: • The Planning Commission assists the city council in land use decisions and recommendations regarding the city’s future growth, development and beautification. They meet at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. • The Festival and Events Services Team is a new group that will research devleopment of venues, streamline policies and ordinances for potential events, develop an all-inclusive community calendar and a marketing plan. • The Keizer Points of Interest committee identifies, authenticates and memorializes local sites of interest in the Keizer area. They meet at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. • Stormwater Advisory Committee – Reviews guidelines and makes recommendations on ordinances pertaining to illicit discharge detection and elimination, stormwater runoff control and stormwater management. Development or building experience preferred, but not required. Meetings scheduled when necessary. • The Parks Advisory Board reviews and studies issues involving development and maintenance of city parks. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. You can apply by visiting www.keizer.org, calling 503-390-3700 or writing a letter to City Recorder Tracy Davis. Applications are due April...

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In this month’s newsletter: An off-color joke

This story has been corrected. For the full correction see below. A joke disparaging several racial and ethnic minorities was included in a Keizer neighborhood newsletter. More than 600 families call the exclusive McNary Estates home. The independent monthly newsletter serving it is mostly filled with the latest news about the golf course, new regulations, meeting minutes and photos from events held at the McNary Golf Club, along with the occasional joke or anecdote. In the April edition, a story with no byline describes ethnic and racial minorities as gang members and abusers of government welfare programs, while comparing their work ethic disfavorably with that of white people. The newsletter’s editor, Don Conat, said he “made a mistake on that one. Should have never put that in there.” He said he was simply trying to fill holes in his newsletter, and frequently uses jokes from the Internet to do so. One problem is, according to a leading website dedicated to bursting mythical bubbles, is that the anecdote is not true. According to snopes.com, the story started getting around on the Internet in 2008, and similar versions of this tale have taken place in New Jersey and London. Mayor Lore Christopher contributes a monthly column, and a fair amount of advertising appears in its pages. “Terrible,” Christopher said. “You can’t be saying those things. Those folks are our neighbors and...

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Lady Celt softball jumps out to 5-0 start

The McNary High School varsity softball team was on a five-game winning streak this week after picking up three victories at the North Medford Spring Break Invitational. After a week of rainouts, the Lady Celts beat Dalles Wahtonka High School 5-0 on March 19. McNary broke open the game with a three-run fourth inning and added a pair of runs in the sixth. On Friday, March 23, the girls took down Lincoln High School 9-1 after another slow start. The Cardinals posted a single run in the first inning and the Celts broke loose on a nine-run tear in the sixth inning. Pitcher Jordyn Hanson sparked the team with a two-run single and was credited with the win in relief on the mound. Megan Ulrey and Kiana Villareal also shared duties on the mound. At the invitational, which kicked off Monday, March 26, McNary dominated Roseburg High School 16-2 in the team’s first game and eked out an 8-7 win over Roseburg High School later in the day. McNary also beat Southridge High School 12-11 on Tuesday, March 27, at the North Medford...

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