Month: December 2012

Scouts to recycle trees

Members of Keizer Boy Scout Troop 121 will be ready to help close out the holiday season as they offer to recycle Christmas trees this weekend and the first weekend of January. The scouts will be accepting trees and donations  at two locations Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be the same hours on January 5 and 6. The two locations are at the Keizer branch of U.S. Bank at 5110 River Rd. N. and at Schoolhouse Square at the corner of River and Chemawa Roads. The Boy Scouts of Troop 121 also offer to pick up trees for those who live in the Keizer-Salem area on the same days. Call or text 503-877-HAUL for the service or request a tree pick-up by visiting The tree recycling is the major fundraiser for Troop 121. The money helps scouts attend summer camp via ‘camperships,’ and other scouting purposes. The donations are tax deductible and proceeds stay within the local scout...

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Lady Celts crush scrappy Bulldogs

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes McNary girls overcame a slow third quarter to whip a hard-fighting 5A Woodburn team 52-31 there Dec. 21. The Lady Celtics led all the way except for a Woodburn free throw at the start of the first quarter and a 7-7 tie score in the middle of the period. They built their lead gradually, with the Lady Bulldogs occasionally making the score fairly close with a three-pointer. Teresa Peterson led all scorers with 17 points, and Madie Hingston and Reina Strand had 11 each. Kayla Reyna led Woodburn with 11. Steals by Jessica Darras and Strand helped McNary in the first quarter, which ended with a 14-9 score. In the second quarter, Ashlee Koenig and Stacey Titchenal led the way to an extension of the Celtic lead, which reached 24-11 before Woodburn fought back with a trey by Reyna cutting the lead to 10 points. The halftime score was 26-16. Another three by Reyna started the third-quarter scoring. The Celts had trouble finding the basket during the period, which ended with a 32-26 score. McNary got hot in the fourth quarter, with Hingston making the Celts’ only trey. Peterson and Strand led the offense, and the defense allowed only five points. A free throw by Strand was the final point of the game. “It was a physical game,” McNary coach Paul Pickerell said,...

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Keizer Food Bank gets a holiday gift

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Community Food Bank has been dangerously low on supplies, making it harder for organizers to help community members in need. Now, the food bank has gotten help. Rev. Curt McCormack, director of the food bank, saw how bare shelves were last week, when several families got reduced baskets. On Dec. 17, he got an e-mail that changed things. “We got a Lutheran Community Economic Outreach Bridge grant,” McCormack said. “The grant is for $5,000 and we’ve been challenged that whatever we raise between Dec. 17 and the end of March, they will give us $.50 on the dollar. It’s really a coup for us. We’re having to buy more and more food to keep up with the need. That’s going to be a big boost for us.” The grant from the Lutheran Thrivent Foundation couldn’t have been announced at a better time. McCormack said 60 families were served last Thursday, Dec. 20 at the food bank, located at Faith Lutheran Church at 4505 River Road North. “The last few families got reduced boxes,” he said. “People are happy to get whatever they can get. They’re grateful in that regard. We told them they can come back next week and get a full box.” McCormack said he got information about the Lutheran Thrivent Foundation after participating in a Marion-Polk Food Share food drive...

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