Day: June 1, 2012

McNary shut out in playoffs

McNary’s Kaleb Simpson makes a throw to first after an Oregon City bunt. The McNary High School varsity baseball team was shut out by Oregon City in the second round of the OSAA playoffs Wednesday, May 23. A first-inning home run by Pioneer Marc Morris gave Oregon City the early lead. McNary loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, but failed to drive in the runs. Cooled Celtic bats and tough Pioneer pitcher Tyler Moon gave the team only four hits on the day. McNary pitcher Ben Johnson allowed just five hits, but Oregon City hitters made the most of...

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Fundraiser benefits Frey family

  A fundraiser for the family of Chris Frey, paralyzed in an April car crash, will be from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Your Place, 3165 River Road N. The event includes a silent auction, live music, raffles and drink specials. Cover is $3 at the door. Bands performing include the Joey James Band followed by The Garage Band Blues, Thunder Road, Bootleg Woman and Black Hare. Bracelets are $1. Donations go toward the family, and the venue is donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds. Funds will help the family obtain wheelchair-accessible housing and cover other basic necessities. Attendees can make donations that evening or stop by a MAPS Credit Union. Businesses and individuals wishing to donate raffle items are asked to stop by Your Place or call 503-304-5230. For more information contact Mandy Iverson at...

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McHugh third at state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Dylan McHugh placed third (1:56.39) in 800-meter race in state competition last weekend. McHugh crossed the finish line exactly a second behind the race winner, Alec Smith of Westview High School, but led the McNary team as the highest placer in any event. Sophomore Daniel Brattain took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32 and fifth 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.31. Senior Austin Hejny placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 151-09 and sophomore Perry Groves took eighth in the high jump finals clearing 5-11. Junior Stacey Titchenal took eighth in the javelin with a hurl of 124-06. In preliminary events, Garrett Hittner took 12th in the 200-meter with a time of 22.81; district champ Daysha Simms-Garcia took 12th in the 400-meter with a time of 59.91 and 12th in the 200-meter with a time of 26.53; Amadi Amaitsa, Brett Hildebrand, Kyle Torres and Garrett Hittner took 14th in 4×400 relay with a time of 3:33.01; and Aerial Rice took 13th in the 100-meter with a time of...

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Syria

After World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust were uncovered Jews were joined by the world community in exclaiming: “Never again.” Never again should any people face wholesale massacre or genocide. But the world has seen many examples of what should “never happen again” since the end of World War II. We’ve witnessed violence by governments against their own people again and again, most recently in Iraq and Libya. Currently it is the report of Syrian forces killing civilians in cities most Americans have never heard of like Hamah and Homs. This week’s killing of more than 100 Syrian citizens has finally ignited something more than a “Tsk tsk” from the global community. Some nations are asking Syrian ambassadors to their country to leave.  Even Russia, one of Syria’s most consistent supporters, showed a response that stronger than it usually shows when it comes to Syria, even though it reamains one of that country’s main arms suppliers. One country’s dictatorial nemesis is another country’s marketplace. Unfortunately, that will always be the case. But, why did the U.S. spend ten years, billions and billions of dollars and thousands of American lives in Afghanistan, but we don’t do much to help civilians in Syria to defend themselves and aid them in overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad?  We would not prefer not to think it is because Syria has no major...

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