Day: December 7, 2012

Road closures for parade Saturday

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Saturday’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer means there will be road impacts. The parade goes southbound on River Road starting at Lockhaven Drive at 7 p.m. Saturday. The parade ends at the intersection of River Road and Weeks Drive. The Keizer Police Department will have River Road closed for the parade. The impact starts at 3 p.m., when Lockhaven Drive North is closed to all traffic between River and McClure Street North to establish a parade staging area. River Road will be closed to all northbound and southbound traffic around 6 p.m. from Plymouth Drive to Lockhaven. Northbound River Road traffic will be diverted to Cherry Avenue N.E. via Plymouth Drive N.E. while southbound River Road traffic will be diverted eastbound on Lockhaven. Prior to the parade and other events, traffic will periodically be allowed to cross River Road at Chemawa Road, Dearborn Avenue and Manbrin Drive. River Road is expected to re-open around 9 p.m. as the parade continues southbound. Signs advising of street closures were expected to be up on Thursday. An estimated 50,000 people filled River Road last year for the parade, which was moved from Salem to...

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Lighting up all 18 wheels

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If last year’s May Trucking entry in the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade seemed impressive, just wait until this year’s parade on Saturday night. Don’t forget to come back next year and see what’s changed. For the fourth year, a crew at May Trucking Company just north of Keizer has decorated a 53-foot truck and trailer for the parade, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday down River Road. Frank Clarke and Tyler Elznic are two of the five May Trucking employees who have spent recent weekends decorating the entry, which will feature lights and corresponding music. Lisa Davis, director of Corporate Communications for May Trucking, noted efforts have ramped up. “Three years ago we had vinyl lettering that said ‘Happy Holidays,’” Davis said. “As the shop got more involved, it got bigger and better, with more lights. This is the shop’s baby.” The May truck had plenty of lights last year but Clarke, Elznic and others saw the lights and coordinated music on the Keizer Fire District entry. “We wanted to beat them this year,” said Elznic, who works in the trailer shop. “I think we did. It’s going to be an eye opener. It’s something everyone will talk about.” Clarke, who works in the body shop, credited Brian Alarid for being in charge of this year’s group. “We came up with...

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‘Miracle’ lights display begins Dec. 7

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Miracle of Christmas lighting display will again have the Gubser neighborhood awash in the glow of holiday cheer and, of course, lots and lots of lights. The tradition, which raises money and food for the Marion-Polk Food Share, draws eyes from around the region. The display begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Cars will be roaming the neighborhood from 6 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 26. It’s expected that nearly 20,000 vehicles will pass through the neighborhood. There’s no admission fee, but as the event is a fundraiser for hungry families in the mid-Willamette Valley, donations are always welcome. Cans and non-perishable food donations along with cash are welcomed. A donation site will be set up on Meadowlark Drive Northeast.  The 2011 drive raised $17,381 and some 24,000 pounds of food. The route is about 3.5 miles long, and can take several hours to complete on busy weekends. Barricades will mark the direction of the route. Organizers remind attendees there are no public restrooms available, and visitors should keep their headlights on at all times while driving through. It is a residential neighborhood, so be aware and courteous to pedestrians and residents trying to get in and out of driveways. In hope of curbing vandalism complaints, Keizer Police will step up their presence along the route during display hours....

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Swimmers pick up where they left off

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity swimming teams participated in the annual Central Valley Conference preview meet last weekend and came out of it with better-than-expected results. “We’re actually doing really well for the beginning of the season. A lot of people have been practicing throughout the year. We’re at a really good place right now and we have the whole season to get better,” said Christina Ford, a Celt senior. While McNary didn’t top many of the races, the boys’ Ben Johnson said swimmers discovered the off-season hadn’t left them as rusty as they expected. “We all thought our times would be way off after a couple of months out of the pool, but we were able to pick up where we left off for the most part,” Johnson said. The girls won the 200-yard breaststroke relay with a time of 2:36.64 with Morgan Kuch, Emily Biondi, Josie Ellis and Nissa Johnson in the pool; Emily McNichols, Gabby Meyer, Anjelica Glassey and Brittney Kiser took third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:25.58; Joelle Debban, Ashley Fisar, Samantha Williams and Laura Donaldson took second in the 200 butterfly relay with a time of 2:11.22; and Ford, Kiana Briones, Joelle Debban and Donaldson took third in the 400 freestyle, notching a time of 4:18.08. “I was really impressed with the younger...

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Reynolds takes down two-time state champ

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The day before the McNary High School wrestling team’s first tournament of the season, Devin Reynolds was in the doctor’s office pleading his case for why he should be able to wrestle. His left shoulder had been nagging him for a couple of weeks and recent horseplay during practice had caused it to flame up again, but he wanted to wrestle in that tournament more than most because he knew Reed Van Anrooy of Roseburg High School would be there, too. “When Devin was a sophomore he looked up to Reed as the guy he wanted to be,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. “He was tech falled by Van Anrooy as a freshman. As a sophomore he wrestled him all summer and I remember him coming up to me and telling me he’d taken him down once.” Van Anrooy is no small threat on the mat. He’s a returning two-time state champ and ranked 15th among high schoolers nationwide in the 152-pound division and Reynolds knew he’d have another shot at him during McNary’s annual tournament last weekend. After doing stress tests at the doctor’s office, Reynolds won out and was cleared. When it was his turn to step on the mat with Van Anrooy, he made the most of it. Reynolds scored on a takedown and then he got another...

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