Month: April 2012

Keizerite to compete in state pageant

Keizerite Brandi Urban, 15, has been selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss pageant. Brandi, the daughter of Crystal and Brandan Urban, will now compete in the American Miss Oregon Pageant to be held May 26-28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland. Contestants are ages 13-15. Brandi is part of the McNary High School Sparx Dance Team, McNary orchestra and the McNary colorguard. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her sponsors are Albany Auxiliary FOE #2255, Charisma Salon, Fisher Photography, Keizer Big Town Hero and friends and family. The winner of the state pageant receives a $1,000 cash award, official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Contestants are judged on their inner beauty, poise and presentation. For more information about National American Miss pageants, visit,...

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Brat Pack meets the Bard

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Jadi Dicksa had a difficult assignment when it came to preparing for her role in McNary High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She had to figure out what William Shakespeare’s mischief-maker, Puck, and Madonna had in common. “I knew a lot about the ‘80s movies, but I didn’t know a lot about the music. The challenge for me was researching who Shakespeare intended Puck to be and researching Madonna and how she fit into that through her music and performances,” Dicksa said.  “One of my favorite aspects is working with my body movements and being a big character.” It will all make a bit more sense for audiences once they sit down for one of the upcoming shows slated for April 27-28 and May 3-5. Tickets are $5 at the door and curtain time is 7 p.m. for all shows except May 5, the show will begin at 8 p.m. that night. The production marries Shakespearean language, with a few more “likes,” and the Eighties teen movies aesthetic honed to a razor’s edge by John Hughes in movies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Teagan Qual plays Nick Bottom, the “Ducky,” of the ensemble and thinks the language and the era gel well. “A big part of our research has been going online and looking at the...

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S-K Schools budget ready for board approval

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 2012-13 budget reflecting a $200,000 drop in revenue was officially recommended by the Salem-Keizer School District budget committee Tuesday. The budget, which totals $578,990,853, was recommended with only one negative vote. It will go before the School Board for a public hearing and final vote at a 6 p.m. meeting May 8. It breaks down into a $343,423,734 general fund, $49,758,990 for debt servicing, $87,940,605 for capital projects, $75,234, 150 in special revenue funds (food services, asset replacements, grants, fee-supported programs and the energy conservation program, $75,234,150 in internal service funds (risk management, miscellaneous services and charter school services), a $480,000 enterprise fund (services contracted out) and a $38,300 trust fund. The committee met Monday as well as Tuesday and took public testimony both nights. Monday, three people spoke from the audience. Eduardo Angulo, chair of the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, commented that the most important objective of his group was keeping teachers highly motivated to achieve high academic standards. “We have progressed but not reached that goal,” he said. Regarding the budget, he said, “We have cut to the bone.” The two others spoke up for music programs. Alan Bushong, president of Friends of Music, noted that 10 music positions had been cut after the administration said it would cut three. Sam Skillern, describing himself as “one crazy music booster now,”...

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Celebrating Keizer’s Heritage

The Keizer Heritage Center unveiled its new look inside at a public open house held on Saturday, April 21. About 150 roamed through the expanded Keizer Community Library, the new Heritage Museum space, and the remodeled Enid Joy Mount Gallery on the upper floor. Attendees were serenaded with live music, enjoyed refreshments, answered a quiz to enter for door prizes which were awarded at the end of the event. View more photos from this event in our photo...

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