Month: June 2012

Young matmen shine at regional tourney

Three Keizer wrestlers recently traveled to Pocatello, Idaho for a Western Regional tournament. The wrestlers who competed on behalf of the Celtic Mat Club were: Zach Hammerschmith at the Cadet age group (14 and 15) in the 170-pound weight class, Brayden Ebbs at the Novice age group (11 and 12) in the 90-pound weight class, and Samuel Partida at the Novice age group in the 105-pound weight class. Each competitor wrestled in three different styles between June 17 and 23:  Folkstyle, which is traditional middle school and high school American style wrestling, Freestyle and Greco, the Olympic styles like will be seen this summer in London. Hammerschmith placed third in freestyle and qualified for Cadet Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota next month. “Zach was an important part of our high school program this last year and will be returning to the mat for the Celtics as a junior next year,” said Jason Ebbs, head coach of the McNary High School wrestling program. “He is currently deciding on whether to pursue the national tournament after his success at the Western regionals.” Brayden Ebbs took first in Greco, second in folkstyle and third in Freestyle. It was Brayden’s third trip to the event and he has had success in the past. “After winning the Greco tournament, he has really learned what he is capable of achieving. All of his matches except for one were...

Read More

Eight days (almost) straight of fireworks

Let’s face it: Watching stuff blow up is just as important as singing “America the Beautiful,” eating hot dogs and wearing that U.S. flag shirt you only get to wear once a year. And there’s just not too many times a year where you get to see the pyro professionals do what they do best. Here’s a comprehensive listing of fireworks displays in the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond: Saturday, June 30 Woodburn Company Stores has fireworks at 9:30 p.m., preceded by a special sales event with savings and other events. Who needs the serenity of Detroit Lake when you’ve got explosions over the water? They start at dusk, southeast of Kane’s Marina. At the coast, Pacific City’s fireworks display kicks off the explosive season with a display at 9:30 p.m. Monday, July 2 The St. Paul Rodeo kicks off its 77th year at 5 p.m., with fireworks after the show. Tuesday, July 3 The Oregon Garden in Silverton hosts the July 3rd celebration with activities like a bounce house, Air Monkey and more starting at 2 p.m. along with a cider festival on the Garden Green and live music, including Ben Rue, Pickwick and the Portland Cello Project. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. The Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo kicks off tonight with fireworks after the ropin’. Oregon City has fireworks as part of its Third of July celebration, which includes...

Read More

Splash fountain opens for summer

The splash fountain at Chalmers Jones Park opened last week. The City of Keizer Parks Division will operate the splash fountain, located at the Keizer Civic Center Complex at 930 Chemawa Road N.E., every Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day. Daily hours of operation are from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Operation will depend on the forecasted temperature being 75 degrees or higher. Updates on operation and closures will be posted at the park and, if possible, on the City web site at:...

Read More

Stonewall, get your gun

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Northwest Civil War Council will present a full reenactment of the Civil War at Willamette Mission State Park from Saturday, June 30 through Monday, July 2. As many as 1,000 Civil War reenactors will present the living conditions and circumstances of the early 1860s as well as battle reenactments each day with artillery, infantry and cavalry. The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, will offer over six acres of  living history with reenactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites, and character.  Battles are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Parades kick off each day at 9 a.m.  There will also be demonstrations presenting period medical practices each day, multiple period music demonstrations, a daily fashion show and hundreds of period tents showing a variety of activities that would be found at an 1863 military and civilian campsite. Reenactors sleep in canvas tents while they participate in battle reenactments and military or civilian life. There will be a Civil War-era church service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. A speech from President Abraham Lincoln is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 55 and older  and students with ID.  Kids under six are free.  There is also a day use fee from the Park Service.  Willamette Mission State Park is north of...

Read More

Brattain headed to regionals

McNary High School junior Daniel Brattain recently competed in the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics for the state of Oregon at Willamette University. Brattain competed in the young men’s division and was among the youngest competing at that level. In the individual events, he took first in 110 hurdles. Brattain also took third in the decathlon (scoring a combined 5,607 point over ten events)  over two days.  The two young men who beat him were already high school graduates. Brattain will go on to compete in the regional events, which are slated July 5-8 in...

Read More