Day: July 13, 2012

Ex-Keizerite’s new novel is infused with local history

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Former Keizerite and author Barbara Dan is no stranger to the strength of community, she’d seen what was possible when people acted together as a volunteer when she lived in Keizer. “I knew what real community involvement could do. I was amazed at what good neighbors could do,” Dan said. “You can find solutions and people help and encourage each other.” In a roundabout way, those ideas are what inspired her latest book, The Outcast: The Long Road Back, a fictionalized account of her grandfather’s arrival in the Salem area in 1913 and how the people he met created the space to put his life in order. In the book, the main character, Alex, steps off a sternwheeler on Front Street with one thing on his mind: where he’ll get his next drink. “The first thing he found out, even before he got off the boat, was that he wouldn’t be able to buy booze anywhere because it was a dry area,” Dan said. “So, he began looking around for a druggist who might be amenable to giving him cough syrup that would get the job done.” Instead of a stiff drink, Alex makes contact with a local doctor who becomes a lifelong friend. “He was the sort of non-judgmental person who broke through simply because he cared and he makes Alex...

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S-K School Board names new chair

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Nancy MacMorris-Adix, who has been vice chairperson of the Salem-Keizer School Board, was unanimously elected chairperson Tuesday and immediately took over the office. The board also elected Rick Kimball vice chairperson; he stepped down from the chair. It voted to continue the Salem law firm of Garret, Hemann Robertson, PC, as legal counsel. Paul Dakopolos has been its regular representative for the district. Annual approval of a contract for Superintendent Sandy Husk was unanimous. Director Ron Jones, just before the vote, asked for an explanation of a salary increase mentioned in the contract. Kimball said that each administrator would receive a 2 percent increase annually in accordance with a previously approved board decision, and that she and the others were giving them back in furlough days. Husk’s current salary is $191,563 for the 2012-13 school year. The board heard Steve Chambers, a former board chairperson, urge consideration of a technical high school or technical programs for the district. Chambers said that with all the attention the district has been paying to college-bound students, it should do the same for those who seek trade positions. Husk announced the hirings of Sandy Price as director of elementary education, Angela Rasmussen as assistant principal of West Salem High School, Daniel Nanez as assistant principal of North Salem High School, Katy Naff as temporary principal of Englewood...

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Fire Board approves $5.3 million budget

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 2012-13 budget of $5,386,034 for the Keizer Fire District was adopted last month by its board of directors. Action came after no one spoke from the audience at what was a budget hearing. The board also approved transferring funds as needed from the general fund to the emergency medical services fund. A financial break for the district for workers’ compensation was announced by its insurer, R. Bauer Insurance. Dave Bauer of the agency told the board that, even though base rates for all fire service classes have increased, a mathematical formula based on the district’s safety record would result in a net premium decrease of $6,000. The board discussed the district’s financial work plan, for which district officials have been considering an organizational proposal from Emergency Services Consulting International, a Wilsonville-based company, to draw up a strategic plan for an estimated $10,000. Director Greg Ego said it would be premature to decide immediately to spend $10,000, although it might be a good idea eventually. Fire Chief Jeff Cowan noted that the district had to notify the Marion County assessor by July 15, 2014, of its tax rate, which would be affected by the work plan. He said that the current levy will expire in November 2014 and that an election in November of this year would give the district a safety margin....

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Volcanoes pick up 5-3 win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Long balls from Joe Rapp and Dashenko Ricardo and the strong pitching of Joan Gregorio led the Volcanoes to a 5-3 win July 6 in the last game of the home series with Vancouver before a crowd of 3,320. Preceding the game was the final night of the patriotic program, which honored many armed service members from the Northwest and including the induction of 11 young people into the Navy. A fireworks display followed the game. Salem-Keizer led from the third inning on despite a continuing left-on-bases problem and two home runs from a Canadian player, Jason Leblebijian, who had come into the game with no homers for the season. Gregorio, who continues to hack away at his earned run average after a rough season start and who left the game with an average of 4.39, set down the side in order in the first inning. The Volcanoes threatened in the first, with Brennan Metzger singling, stealing second base and reaching third on an error. Rapp came up with two out and hit a fly to deep right field, but Vancouver’s Carlos Ramirez caught the ball on the warning track. Leblebijian hit his first of two bases-empty home runs in the second. The Volcanoes tied the score in the second with a solo shot to left field from Ricardo, his first homer of...

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