Day: August 21, 2012

Public Services Fair is Wednesday

The first-ever Public Services Fair will feature everything from fire trucks to drain-cleaning trucks and gas company trucks – and lots of non-truck-related fun too. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 the event – which organizers hope becomes an annual tradition – takes over Keizer Rapids Park. Free hot dogs, sno cones, popcorn and more will be served up while numerous agencies will provide demonstrations and information about what they do and how they do it. Guided hikes for children through the park trails will be available along with mini-excavator bowling, hands-on backhoe digging, K-9 officer demonstrations and adoptable pets on site through the Marion County Dog Shelter. Participating groups and agencies include Keizer Public Works, Keizer Police, Keizer Fire Dist., Marion County Public Works, City of Salem Environmental, Marion County Fire District No. 1, Marion County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Red Cross, Marion Co. Recycling, Portland General Electric, NW Natural Gas, 811 Call Before You Dig, Marion County Dog Shelter, Humane Society, Keizer Veterinary Clinic, Wild Wild Rec (Keizer Parks Foundation), Loren’s Sanitation, Enviro Clean, Emergency Volunteers Assisting Keizer, Hertz Equipment and Keizer...

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Hazel Green Elem. memories to live on at Keizer museum

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Hazel Green Elementary School’s long history may be memorialized in a future exhibit at the Keizer Heritage Museum. Although not within the city limits of modern Keizer, museum volunteer Evelyn Franz can recall days spent on its campus. “Every year when I was in school in Keizer, (Hazel Green) threw a big picnic,” she said. “Hazel Green has always been associated with Keizer in a way.” Franz attended Keizer School during the Great Depression. When the Salem-Keizer School District’s board of directors opted to repurpose the Hazel Green school building – in effect closing the school itself, scattering its students – the museum got a call. “We didn’t know what they had, so we went out and looked at it, and when we saw it we said we’d take everything,” Franz said. Included in the artifacts are class photos, old yearbooks, records and trophies, including a baseball trophy from 1927. “We’re cataloging it and hope to someday have an exhibit [and] showcase it at one of the schools when time and space allows,” Franz said. “I’m very glad we’ve kept the history of it alive.” The modern school building stemmed from the Hazel Green School District’s organization in 1865 and was housed in a frame building. Its successor, built in the late 1870s, would serve as a community center of sorts. The most recent...

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