Month: May 2012

New Celtic volleyball coach hopes to make netters a powerhouse

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School volleyball program has a new head coach. Kellie Scholl has been hired to take the reins of the Celtic netter program. Scholl was most recently head coach of Aloha High School program where she held the post for about seven years. She resigned from the position earlier this year after moving to Keizer. “My plan was to take a year or two off and hang out with my four kids, but I realized pretty quickly that I enjoyed it too much,” Scholl said. “I enjoy having my kids around the program and seeing the athletes who are role models for them.” From 1999 until 2004, she was an assistant coach at the University of Portland. The existing strength of the McNary program, which has contended for Central Valley Conference titles for the past several years, will be something of a change for Scholl. “Up to this point,  I’ve started in programs that hadn’t had much success and that definitely isn’t the case with McNary,” she said. “I want to be able to continue the success in the district and see them become more of a perennial powerhouse in the state year-in and year-out.” Scholl is a former high school and college volleyball player who finished her career as a middle blocker for University of Illinois. She will try...

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Cowan gets good evaluation from Keizer Fire directors

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Fire Chief Jeff Cowan of the Keizer Fire District received a B-plus rating from the board of directors Tuesday after an executive session evaluating his performance. The board also renewed his contract, under which his annual salary will be $110,328. In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Karen Bracken as office manager. She will move July 1 to Fairbanks, Alaska, where her husband, Fire Capt. Frank Bracken, will take a fire department position. The board voted to hold a work session, open to the public, on the district’s financial work plan at 5 p.m. June 12. Van Meter said that service level options need to be discussed. “I would like to see the public in attendance as we work through these issues,” director Mike Kurtz said. An amendment to the 2011-12 budget, decreasing the general fund by $119,173 because of several unanticipated expenses, was approved by a 4-1 vote. President Joe Van Meter cast the negative vote, saying he thought there was enough money in the budget to cover those expenses. The board voted to apply for a $12,210.39 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the district would use to buy three LIFEPAK 15 defibrillation units, a bariatric stretcher and...

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Celt baseball team ignites in first round playoff win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If the McNary High School varsity baseball team was holding back the good stuff during its run through the Central Valley Conference, it surely picked the right time to deploy it. The Celtics squared off with Tualatin High School Monday, May 21, and emerged with a 11-7 win in the first round of the state playoffs. “We’ve been in close situations like that all year and we knew that pitcher, Travis Johnson, was going to be tough, but we kind of kept our heads up,” said senior D.J. Harryman. “It was kind of a vibe where we knew we were going to be all right.” That vibe carried the team through a harrowing first inning that saw two of the Timberwolves knock two hits over the fence and take a 3-0 lead. “When the other team hits two balls out of the park in the bottom of the first, there’s some concern, but, to the kids’ credit, they didn’t panic,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. The McNary team battled back in the second on a two-out, RBI-hit by Chris Burger that closed the gap to 3-1. Pitcher Jon Stong held Tualatin at bay on the mound in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the third, Celt Garren Robinett belted a three-run homer that put the Celts up 4-1....

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Keizer’s history preserved

Anyone who thinks Keizer doesn’t have a history isn’t looking in the right place. But it is not hard to see that the area in which we live is filled with history that dates back 200 years. Many of the stories about the past two centuries of what is now known as Keizer can be found at the Keizer Heritage Museum. A person could be forgiven for, after looking around Keizer, to think we are a relatively new settlement. Our city does not have a downtown filled with buildings dating to the 19th century like other Oregon cities. We do have two buildings in the downtown core that date back to the early 1900s: the Frank Evans house (where Mommy and Maddi’s is located) near the corner of River Road and Dearborn Avenue; and the old Keizer School which found new life as the Keizer Heritage Center (at the civic center campus on Chemawa Road). The first Americans are said to have set up a fur trading post on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River in what is now southeast Keizer.  That was in 1812. After the house/fort/trading post was abandoned there was little activity in our corner of the world until Thomas Dove Keizur and his party rode into the Willamette Valley and settled down where Shari’s Restaurant now sits. Our city’s name comes from our earliest settlers....

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