Day: March 5, 2012

Tennis is a go at Claggett Creek Park

Tennis courts are one step closer to reality at Claggett Creek Park after the Keizer City Council unanimously approved them Monday. It’s a reversal from the stance a divided council took in 2010, when the group appropriated $50,000 of parks development charges for a similar complex at Keizer Rapids Park. Four adult-sized tennis courts would be paired with four kid-sized courts, with construction starting in 2013. Included in the proposal is expanding the park’s parking lot on Dearborn Avenue NE. The association’s plan anticipates about $302,000 in initial costs to build the courts, with another $140,000 in lighting in the plan’s second phase. Day-to-day maintenance would be handled by KTA, which would also pay 85 percent of resurfacing costs approximately every decade. The group is asking the city to cover 15 percent of that cost. Rhonda Rich, president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association, read a letter from her board in support of the proposal. “We feel that the location at Claggett Creek Park is desirable due to it being centrally located to all of Keizer,” Rich said. “It is in very close proximity to several grade schools and middle schools, thus giving our children another opportunity for recreation while still allowing the use of the park for soccer games and an open playing field.” Several residents on 13th Avenue NE, a portion of which runs parallel to the...

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“The Man Who Quit Money” by Mark Sundeen

“The Man Who Quit Money” by Mark Sundeen c.2012, Riverhead Books $15.00 / $17.50 Canada 272 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Just about fifteen cents. That’s all you ever find between the sofa cushions. It’s never a huge amount of money but for some silly reason, it makes you inordinately happy. Same thing when you find a fiver stashed in last winter’s jacket, or a couple Washingtons in an old forgotten purse or wallet. It’s as if you just won the micro-lottery. You feel strangely rich. Now imagine never finding money. Imagine never wanting it at all. In the new book “The Man Who Quit Money” by Mark Sundeen, you’ll read about the author’s friend, who’s penniless on purpose. Back in the days before Mark Sundeen had a mortgage and a successful writing career, back when most of his possessions fit in the bed of a pickup, Sundeen lived a carefree life as an itinerant river guide, sleeping in his truck and eking out a living in Moab, Utah. He wasn’t alone in that unbothered existence. Many people, discouraged by government actions or corporate greed, left the grid to live in Moab. One of them was Sundeen’s friend, Daniel Suelo. Born into an ultra-conservative fundamentalist family, Daniel Suelo was a sensitive child who took his faith extremely seriously. Still, during college, he re-examined his beliefs and began to hypothesize...

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Taste area restaurants, help Young Life

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes This year’s Keizer Young Life fundraiser offers a taste of both area restaurants and what the organization does. A Taste of Young Life kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Keizer Civic Center. Tickets are $15 and available by registering at or calling 503-463-1516. The “taste” is in lieu of the group’s traditional live auction. A silent auction will feature samples from Mommy and Maddi’s, Adam’s Rib Smokehouse, McGrath’s Fish House, The Sassy Onion, Big Town Hero, La Hacienda Real and Baskin Robbins. “We wanted it to have a relational feel,” said Jeramy Williams, area director of Keizer Young Life. “The idea of enjoying food and friendship together will give people a chance to engage more.” The silent auction features trips to Sunriver and Black Butte along with several chances at an Oregon Coast vacation. Also up for bid is a wine tasting tour and courtside seats to the Portland Trailblazers. But Williams is even more excited that part of the program will focus on what Young Life kids do every week at their meetings. “They’re going to sing, see a skit, see a message – a little taste of what we do every Monday night so they can experience it for themselves,” Williams said. Williams wanted to shake up this year’s event, he said. “We’ve done a regular auction...

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