Day: May 3, 2012

Krispy Kreme sales support grad night party

McNary Class of 2012 will be holding a Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser on Saturday May 5th. Students will be selling a dozen donuts for $10 from 8am to noon from the following areas along River Road: Dutch Bros., 4915 River Road N.; Sherwin Williams, 4669 River Road N.; Bank of Cascades, 5120 River Road N.; and and Town & Country Lanes, 3500 River Road N. Proceeds from the sale support the McNary Graduation Party, an all-night party the night of graduation for all graduating seniors. It is drug and alcohol-free and was originally formed to keep kids safe on one of the biggest party nights of the...

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Keizerite heads to reunion, celebrates role in WWII

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The USS Somers has a storied history in U.S. Navy lore and this week Keizerite Don Conat traveled to Cameron, Okla., to celebrate his part in it. “It’s interesting because you can talk a lot about things and some of the guys were on ships at different times,” Conat said. Six U.S. ships have been christened  USS Somers, but Conat was crew on the fifth, a Somers-class destroyer during World War II. Conat traveled with his sons Rick and Terry to the reunion for crew members aboard his ship and the USS Somers that set sail almost a decade later. “We had 381 people on the ship when I was on duty, but at the last reunion there were only 11 of us that showed up,” Conat, 88, said. Conat joined the Navy in 1942 after graduating high school and, after basic training, he was shipped to a Naval base in Algeria in North Africa. After a year on terra firma, he was assigned to the Somers and had a role in both the Battle of Normandy and the invasion of southern France. Conat was a gunner on the destroyer and manned a five-inch gun from the deck. “We had another guy figure out distances. I just pointed it where it was supposed to go,” Conat said. Before taking part in the...

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Council approves free concert series

An agreement for at least eight free concerts and theater productions at Keizer Rapids Park this summer was approved by the Keizer City Council last week. The Keizer Rotary Amphitheater has hosted city-sponsored concerts the past two summers. Among those gracing the stage in 2012 will be the Ty Curtis Band, JFK, High Point and Five of Clubs. Councilors unanimously approved an agreement with KRA LLC, a company led by Clint Holland, that will extend over the next three summers. Under the contract, a newly-created theater group called Keizer Homegrown Theater is allowed to put on plays in the park. The group is holding auditions next month for a Macbeth production, and is set to perform July 27 and 28 at the amphitheater. A provision in the new deal allows KRA to ban outside food and drink, a move Holland said was due to liability concerns. “Like in water bottles you could bring in vodka and no one would ever know the difference,” Holland said. “… The [Oregon Liquor Control Commission] checks these places all the time.” In other business, councilors: • Proclaimed April 21, 2012 as Keizer Heritage Center Day, in honor of the center’s open house from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. that same day. The former Keizer School now contains the all-volunteer Keizer Community Library, Keizer Heritage Museum, Keizer Art Association and Keizer Young Life Association. •...

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