Month: May 2012

Students celebrated for changing lives

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The four Keizer students recognized for making major shift in their approaches to life and school last week with the Turnaround Achievement Award are all very different, but each persevered through challenges that would have sunk someone with less character. McNary High School’s Alex Peters, Blanchet Catholic School’s Michelle Stenson, Claggett Creek Middle School’s Carley Hammond and Whiteaker Middle School’s Tayler Rains were all honored at the annual banquet sponsored by Town & Country Lanes. Alex Peters When Celtic counselor Carrie Brown met Alex Peters four years ago, he told her exactly what he thought of school. “The message he gave us was I don’t want to be here, this place sucks,” Brown said. When his teachers and parents met with him to discuss his lack of effort, nothing much improved. His adoptive father offered him the keys to a 1978 Chevy Suburban if he managed to turn things around, but the family needed to sell the car before Peters got his chance at the keys, but he had a new motivator. He was to become a father himself. “For a long time it was the idea of the car that kept me going, it was a comfort,” Peters said. “Once I had my son, I knew I had to keep up my grades for myself and him.” Peters’ son, Bradlee, is...

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It’s a business first

After 22 years Roth’s Fresh Markets will close their Keizer store on June 26. Roth’s other stores in the region will remain open. The Keizer community will invariably change after Roth’s ceases operations here in town. Founder Orville Roth and his entire company has been a leader in community involvement—sponsoring events and sports teams; donating food to schools. We have yet to see if Roth’s Fresh Markets will retain a semblence of its  high profile good community works. There will be many in Keizer who will lament Roth’s closure. But they must understand that Roth’s is not a philanthropic charity, it is a business. Its primary mission is to make a profit and the Keizer store was not making a profit. As company CEO Mike Roth wrote, the other stores subsidized the Keizer location for years. That was not sustainable. Roth’s Fresh Markets supported Keizer and many of its events, clubs and organizations for years. Unfortunately not enough Keizer shoppers returned the favor. Fortunately there are other Roth’s stores to patronize. This is a cautionary tale about community involvement and business—every business needs to make a profit first, otherwise it can’t help...

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Theatre here at home

By LINDA BAKER and EVAN CHRISTOPHER We are writing to ask for Keizer’s support of a new community theatre. During my 15 years of teaching drama at McNary High School, I began to dream of a local theatre just for Keizer. It was my goal to involve adults, teens, McNary graduates, community members, and anyone else in the area who was interested in performances that are as fun and enriching for those participating as they are for the audiences, their family, friends, and neighbors who come to see them. This year, with Keizer Homegrown Theatre, that dream has become an exciting reality. We’re starting our inaugural season in 2012 with a free production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park on July 27 and 28. We hope that this will turn into an annual tradition of free Shakespeare in the park, to which the entire community will be invited, with Keizer Homegrown offering a new production every summer. Our second play this season, a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed on McNary’s stage in late August through early September. While we are only mounting two productions this year, it is our plan to expand our season each year for the next five years, offering three shows next year. Much goes into the creation of quality theatre, and ticket sales tend to cover only...

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Explore municipal fire service

By MATT CHAPPELL Now that the (Clear Lake) fire dispute is seemingly over, there may still be some things to think about. This dispute raised some important issues that will continue to affect Keizer residents into the future. What I took away from this dispute is that there is a common consensus that no matter who provides the services to Keizer, Keizer Fire Department or Marion County Fire District (MCFD), people seem to feel that we are either paying too much for too little or are paying for more then what is reasonably necessary in the first place. I am really talking about luxury versus necessity. On the other side of this whole issue seems to surface an ideal of having our own municipal fire department. Something which is a middle ground from which savings are realized in more ways then one. Maybe its just me but I believe that this will eventually be in Keizer’s future. Now seems like a good time to begin to explore the possibilities of how, if or when this could happen. I believe this subject needs to be a part of our community dialogue if nothing else then to ‘nip it in the bud’ one way or another so to speak. So ridiculous or not here are a few of my thoughts on the matter. As I see it we could possibly save...

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RIP Roth’s

To the Editor: We saw it coming, we knew it would happen but we wouldn’t, couldn’t let ourselves think about it the Keizer Roth’s store is closing. Thanks local politicians for supporting “Corporate America” and not “our own.” We are beginning to see the adverse effect that Keizer Station has on our locally owned River Road businesses. Who’s next? The Maze? Outdoor Power Equipment? Ace Hardware? Perhaps the newly opened Party Store? ReVamped just closed last month. The responsibility lies with those who want to feed America Inc. and not our own independent businesses Now is the time for Keizerites to stand up and support River Road. Testimony has been given in many places, including your local council Chambers to the effect of  malls on local areas and we are seeing it now. Wake up! Shop local! Thanks Roth’s for all the support you have given to our community in the past.We will miss you. Carol Doerfler...

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