Day: November 2, 2012

Lady Celts earn playoff bid with win over Tigers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team drew Newberg High School for its play-in opponent and walked off the court with a 3-1 win and a state tournament berth. The two teams clashed Saturday, Oct. 27, at McNary. “We matched up well with them because we are both very young teams, meaning we have moments of playing very well, but also moments of very inconsistent play,” said Kellie Scholl, McNary head coach. She added that the game went the Lady Celts way because of fewer inconsistencies on the night. “We played together as a team and it felt felt good, like everyone was there for the same goal,” said McNary’s Allison McGregor. McNary built up a quick 3-0 lead in the first set, but the Tigers tied it up just as quickly. The Celts had their biggest leads on serves by Lexi Price and Baili Keeton and had a 19-13 game on their hands when Newberg edged back into it. A few volleys later, an ace by Lauren Hudgins put McNary back in control 22-17. A kill behind the Tiger back line by Gracie Rueda put McNary at 23-20, but Newberg got the ball back on a serve that landed out of bounds. Freshman Reina Strand notched a kill to bring up game point and then reached over the net to knock...

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Lessons from the campaign

On Monday, November 5, the city council will have a chance to demonstrate if they’ve been hearing the public during Keizer’s election campaign. For some in Keizer the main issue in this election is about the council listening with respect to its citizens during public hearings. On Monday a public hearing will be held regarding the re-submitted application for a master plan and subdivsion in Area C of Keizer Station. The original master plan was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals and remanded back to the city. The original plan was remanded back to the city due to what LUBA called a flawed traffic study and a concurrency rule that it said contradicts the city’s own code. At public hearings held last year regarding the master plan for Area C, the council heard from witnesses, many from Keep Keizer Livable, a grassroots group that was formed to fight a big box store in Area C. Many felt then that the council did not truly listen to the concerns of some citizens. They felt vindicated after the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld LUBA’s ruling. The new master plan submission doesn’t address the traffic study, but it scales back the single, large retail building from 116,000 square feet to one with 72,000 that would contain two retail tenants. The new plan also calls for 83 additional residential units. No...

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It comes to an end

Since Oregon is not a battleground state in the national election we have been spared a constant barrage of presidential campaign advertising. But by Tuesday night it all comes to an end as America votes. It seems the presidential campaign has been going on for years. We may not have been subjected to endless campaign advertising here, but it’s filled our homes nonetheless—24/7 news channels, late night talk shows.  You had to really try hard to avoid politics this election season. Unforuntately, it probably won’t end with Tuesday night’s results. We’ve reached the point of constant campaigning in this coutnry. Regardless of who wins the White House this year, seeds for the 2016 campaign will be planted as early as January. Politicians of every stripe across the country should give the American people at least a year before talking about the next campaign. We’re all politically exhausted, we’re glad this campagin season is coming to an end....

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Innate goodness in people

To the Editor: I experienced a much-needed reminder today, of how thoughtful and caring people can be. We turn on the evening news, hear 15-20 minutes of all the rape, murder and mayhem taking place daily. It becomes easy to grow callous to all the evil deeds in our world, as long as it doesn’t directly effect us. Today, I took my usual walk in Keizer. I have followed the same route for years. Working at recovering from surgery, I have the need to stop for a break. Those green electrical covers make good places for a brief respite. My first rest is at the corner of Rafael and Shoreline. A lady comes jogging up the opposite side of Rafael. She comes to an abrupt stop. “Are you OK? Do you need help?” I explain my situation, and add, “Don’t get old. You’re stuck with it.” She laughs, “My dad used to tell me, ‘You’ll get old if you live long enough.”  We share a laugh, and she’s gone. All of a sudden, breathing seems to become easier. My next “rest” is going west on Moneda. For years I never realized this is uphill. The big green cover is a welcome stop. A lady–a senior citizen–comes out to the sidewalk, “Are you OK? Do you need help?” These are people I have never seen before in my 35 years...

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For mayor: Christopher

To the Editor: For over 12 years Keizer has been moving forward because of Lore Christopher’s ability, support, leadership and dedication. I have had the opportunity to work with her on many occasions. Some of them include Keizer Little League, Keizer Rapids Park, Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre, and Keizer Dog Park. When I was president of the Keizer Little League, Lore was responsible for helping over 100 teams get sponsors. Her ability to accomplish this task has never been done before or since. Keizer Rapids Park was a dream Lore made happen. Her support helped build a park used and loved by many. Under her leadership many activities have been developed for all of us. My vision and that of others for the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater would not have been possible without Lore’s leadership in city council. Lore made it happen. Lore is a dog lover and supports pet activities in the community. Under her guidance we were able to build the best dog park in Oregon. Under her leadership much has been accomplished. She has proven her ability, support, leadership and dedication to keep Keizer a great place to live now and in the future. Re-elect Lore Christopher for mayor. Clint Holland...

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