Day: April 20, 2012

Lady Celts roll through Titans, Olys, Saxons

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts varsity softball team continued it’s winning ways last this week topping the Titans, Olys and Saxons. After rainouts early last week, the Celts faced West Salem on Thursday, April 12, and picked up a 5-3 win. McNary benefitted from a roaring start as Kiana Villareal got a single that brought in pinch-runner Brooke Bauer to the bag. After Brittney Gonzalez drew a walk, Kimi Ito drove Bauer on an RBI-single. Decker cleared Gonzalez and Ito off the bases on a single. A two-run homer by Ito in the fourth gave McNary the clearance it needed to resist a three-run sixth inning by the Titans. Jordan Hanson pitched a complete game for the win. The team is showing a marked change from its field presence last season, said Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach. “We’re competing in every game and not backing down. Last year, there were times when we looked like we were intimidated and this year I’m not seeing that nearly as much,” he said. The Celts followed the win over West with an 8-0 win over Sprague High School. Auvinen said he wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the Olys who had been playing better of late, but the Lady Celts quickly dashed any brewing hopes. A three-run first inning for McNary was highlighted by a two-run...

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Track team shines at Bearcat Invite, dominates McKay

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For Celt Dylan McHugh each 800-meter race of the McNary High School varsity track and field season means a little bit more than the last. As the defending district champ, he’s got a rep to protect, but he’s most grateful for a nice day to run. “On a nice day I always feel better and run better,” McHugh said. It was on one of the few nice days last week at the Willamette Invitational that he shaved a full second off his time bringing it to a speedy 1:58.15, a personal record. That time puts him in the top five in the state for the event and second-fastest of all 6A competitors, but distance coach Rick Fordney thinks he can go even faster. “Right now the top times are right around 1:56 and he’s on pace at 600 meters to meet that,” Fordney said. While that alone would be an accomplishment, McHugh came back to the track after the race to run a leg of the 4×400 relay with teammates Amadi Amitsa, Daniel Brattain and Garrett Hittner and he took his team from seventh place to second in a single leg. McNary finished in second at the meet with a time of 3:32.11. It was just another milestone in a successful week for the Celtic team when both the boys beat McKay...

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Just one more

It’s hard to remember a time when all the trash went to one place. Now there’s the red bin for this, the blue bin for that, and the green can for the other, and all the rest goes in that ever-shrinking gray can. It’s made recycling infinitely easier. Once upon a time you had to be a sustainability diehard to put forth all the extra effort it took to ensure newspapers went here and tin cans went there. If you use a local disposal service like Loren’s Sanitation or Valley Recycling and Disposal, you know where the gray can goes and you probably have a good idea of what goes in that big blue bin. But it’s the red and green bins where, in honor of Earth Day, we’re calling for Keizerites to step up their recycling efforts: Just one more. In the past couple of years Marion County haulers introduced biweekly composting in the green bin, which is used for yard waste and now mixed organics. Instead of going to the county’s incinerator – where power gets generated but the ash goes to landfills – your old food and yard debris gets turned into fertilizer for local farmers, gardeners and even wineries. If you’re tossing out vegetable oil, put it in a plastic container (screw top, please!) and put it in the red bin. The oil will be...

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Life lessons

To the Editor: I read with interest how McNary High School arrested and handcuffed a student last week. The crime was punching a staffer. The story is filled with contemporary life lessons for both students and parents. Most students go to high school to obtain a high school diploma. Unfortunately, at McNary High School, some exit with a court record when the student has a bad day, or some might ask if the staff had a bad day. Also, the man from the police has a reverse title “Student Resources Officer.” The title has the resonance of research assistance or other usefulness to a student, but the reality is the Student Resource Officer is the beginning of the courts records being kept on a young man. The title just does not fit. The Keizertimes article is brief and easy reading for the local citizens and can easily be taken as another local article of news. It is much more than local news for this young man. These court records travel with a person a long time. Jay Remy notes that the Salem Keizer School District carries a very heavy hammer for offending students, indicating that at McNary, a student may receive more than a diploma. The local population should be aware that there are other places besides McNary High School to acquire a diploma. Jerry Horner...

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Earth Day

To the Editor: For the past 42 years, Earth Day celebrations, big and small, have taken place in Salem. This year, Covanta Marion, the owner-operator of the energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Brooks, is using Earth Day to remind residents and businesses to be mindful of what they throw out in the trash.  Many household products contain potentially harmful components and should be recycled properly. Last year we helped to safely destroy 4.5 tons of unwanted medications and we helped clean up our oceans by destroying 51.8 tons of derelict gear and marine debris through our Fishing for Energy program. This year, we want to promote and remind everyone to check out all of the innovative recycling programs that Marion County has in place.  Included in their many programs are battery, cell phones, fluorescent lighting, e-waste and paint recycling programs, just to name a few. Join us in our efforts to remove potentially harmful materials from the waste stream and help protect our home: Earth.  We’ll continue to work diligently on supplying the cleanest, most reliable source of energy from waste in the world. Happy Earth Day! Karen Breckenridge Business & Accounting Manager Covanta...

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