Day: August 24, 2012

State fair returns with music, exhibits and all the elephant ears you can eat

The Oregon State Fair kicks off today, with 11 days of rides, fried foods, music, contests and more. In addition to all the exhibits, food, contests, shows and agricultural sights, new at this year’s fair is the “Rock U” Music Pavilion, with eight contests for singers, bands, Djs and other performers. The Interactive Institute of Rock ‘n Roll exhibit lets actual or wannabe musicians play a 10-foot long keyboard, whack the drums or strum guitars. This year’s headlining concerts include Colbie Caillat and Gavin Degraw tonight (Friday), which includes a Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine and Music – pairing music with vino and fare from local chefs. Other big shows include: • Saturday, August 25: Joe Walsh, the former Eagles guitarist who forged a successful solo career with hits like “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way.” • Friday, August 31: Comedian Jeff Dunham, who many credit with ventriloquism’s return to mainstream comedy. • Saturday, September 1: Demi Lovato, who got her start on the Disney Channel and has since blossomed into a solo recording artist, and Hot Chelle Rae. • Monday, September 3 (Labor Day): Country artist Jake Owen, whose “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Alone With You” both hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 2011. Every day three stages will be offering free (with admission) entertainment. If you’re bargain-hunting (and who isn’t?), here’s the...

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School board approves pool lease

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Lease of the Olinger swimming pool facility on the North Salem High School campus was approved for first reading by the Salem-Keizer School Board last week. The facility, according to Michael Wolfe, chief operations officer for the district, is in good condition but has been idle since 2009. The city of Salem, which had operated it, stopped funding it because of budget reductions. A draft five-year lease has been prepared for NW Aquatics LLC to operate the pool starting Oct. 15. The lease would have options for three five-year extensions. Lease payments would be $6,000 per year for the first year and increase by $1,200 annually for the next four years. Lane time would be set aside for district swimming teams. Among general personnel actions the board approved was changing Shamika Cleveland’s status from contract full-time to contract part-time as instructional coach at Clear Lake. The same status change was approved for Jenny Maguire, behavior specialist teacher at Keizer Elementary School. Brant Stai was hired as a first-year probation full-time band teacher at Whiteaker Middle School. Hirings of first-year probation part-time teachers were Timothy Brassfield; choir and drama, Claggett Creek Middle School; Robbie Ellis, aerospace JROTC instructor, McNary; Damian Berdakin, orchestra director, McNary; Joshua Davidson, learning resource center, Claggett Creek; Danielle Miller, band, Claggett Creek; and Rebecca Buhler, physical education,...

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Rapp home run saves Volcanoes from shut out

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes had only two hits in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver at home Monday and just missed their second straight shutout thanks to a ninth-inning home run by Joe Rapp. The Canadians’ starting and winning pitcher, Taylor Cole, allowed one hit and two walks in his six innings and struck out six. He now has a 5-0 record and a 1.02 earned run average. Cole held Salem-Keizer hitless for 3-2/3 innings until Chuckie Jones singled to left field. The righthander recovered quickly, striking out Rafael Rodriguez on a three-ball, two-strike count. Although it was a scoreless game through four innings, the Canadians threatened in the fourth. Art Charles singled to right field, and Jason Leblebijian did the same, sending Charles to third base. Starting pitcher Chris Stratton loaded the bases with a walk to Matt Newman. Carlos Ramirez hit a line drive to Andrew Cain in right field, and Cain’s powerful throw to catcher Sam Eberle nailed Charles to end the threat. Manager Tom Trebelhorn decided that it was time to relieve Stratton. After the Salem-Keizer fourth, in which Jones was the only Volcano who did not strike out, Chris Johnson came in to pitch. He gave up two singles but struck out three to leave two on base. After the Volcano fifth, in which Stephen Yarrow hit the ball almost to...

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Waiving fees

There are many functions and events Keizer that would not happen in Keizer without non-profit organizations. Non-profit organizations stage parades, festivals, and other community events. In most cases those organizations seek to cut costs by applying for waivers of fees charged by a governmental jurisdiction such as the city or a fire district. Those fees apply to permits, inspections, staffing, and other logistical duties. Those services provided by the city or a fire district cost real money, either in material, or more importantly, man hours. As much as local governments want to be an intregal part of, and good neighbor, in the community, it can too much to ask them to waive 100 percent of fees for every function. We all want to see non-profit organizations continue their good works to help people and their communities. The raise funds for their causes, projects, and programs. Keizer has always been generous when it comes to donating goods, services, or money to events staged by non-profit groups. Those businesses operate on a different paradigm; many budget for donations throughout the year. Government entities in times of tight budgets don’t have the leeway as in years past to offer man power for free. The cost of government is not free and they must watch their bottom lines carefully. We suggest that instead of waiving all applicable fees the city and fire districts...

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Volcanoes split wins, losses

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Aug. 15: Volcanoes 13, Hawks 5 Resuming their powerhouse attack, the Volcanoes ended their series at Boise with a win that included five home runs. Mac Williamson hit two homers and Joe Rapp, Stephen Yarrow and Andrew Cain one each. The Hawks, who were ahead 4-3 after four innings, got a home run each from Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders. The Volcanoes scored three of their runs in the sixth inning and four in the eighth. Steven Okert was the winning pitcher in relief, and Mason McVay had his first save as a Volcano. Hunter Ackerman was the losing pitcher in relief. Aug. 16: Volcanoes 3, Emeralds 2 Tyler Mizenko’s clutch pitching saved a Salem-Keizer lead in the opening game of a road series with the rival Emeralds. The Volcanoes led all the way. A double by Andrew Cain drove in Joe Rapp in the first inning, and Rapp hit his 10th home run with Kentrell Hill on base. Eugene threatened in the sixth inning, when a single by Maxx Tissenbaum scored Corey Adamson and Alberth Martinez. The Ems threatened again in the ninth, when wild pitches put runners on second and third, but Mizenko struck out the last hitter. Starter Joan Gregorio evened his record at 6-6, and Mizenko got his ninth save. Eugene starter Will Scott took the loss. Aug. 17:...

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