Day: November 19, 2012

History brought to life at McNary

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Area veterans made time Friday, Nov. 9, to share their stories with McNary High School students as part of McNary’s Living History Day. Vets spent time talking to classes before and after a school-wide assembly, during which Oregon State Rep. Greg Matthews (D-Gresham) delivered the keynote address. Matthews, a U.S. Army vet, was enlisted by Celt Ryan Ripp to appear at the school after the two made a connection during testimony over a bill proposed by Ripp two years ago. The bill, which barred protesting at funerals of veterans within a certain distance, became the law of the land in 2011. “You can’t see the scars on a lot of these people, but they’re there. Their service allows us to enjoy our lives and they’re making that sacrifice for you and me,” said Matthews, addressing the two dozen men in and out of uniform in the center of the gym. “We have a three-day weekend because of them. Take some time to give a little praise and think about who makes that possible.” Matthews is a co-vice chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee in the Oregon State Legislature. “My duty is to put programs and policies in place that help these soldiers and their families move forward. We have $4.2 million budgeted for their needs and we can’t find them. Things...

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Changing of the (barking) guard

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes To the Butler family, Buster isn’t just the Keizer Police Department’s new K-9. Buster is also a prized link to family history. During the KPD open house event Tuesday at Keizer Civic Center, Buster was introduced to a crowd of several dozen people. Buster will be officer Stephen Richardson’s new partner and replaces Axel, who will now be the Richardson family pet. Buster shares a family pet connection. Donations from the Kevin Butler Memorial Fund – as well as from Larry and Carol Jacobson – helped fund the purchase and training of Buster. Kevin’s dad, KPD chaplain Randy Butler, was among family members on hand at the ceremony. Kevin would have turned 26 on Tuesday. Buster was the name of Kevin’s treasured dog, hence the name for the department’s new dog who is trained and certified in both patrol and narcotics. “It’s very special for the whole family,” Randy Butler said of the new Buster. “I’ve been working with officers here since 2005. It’s a privilege to be part of such a great organization. They’re a class act. They’re family.” While happy to see Buster, the dog was also a tough reminder for the family. “It’s a bittersweet night,” Randy said. “This will be a great memory. It’s a small consolation, but it’s still good.” Police Chief Marc Adams was appreciative of the support...

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