Day: January 18, 2013

Girls get first CVC win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team picked up its first win of the league play in a 66-36 victory over the North Salem Vikings Friday, Jan. 11. “We mainly worked on man-to-man defense and that went well. Because of that we got to run through quite a few of our plays and we learned to run our plays a lot better in that game,” said Lady Celt Reina Strand. The Celtics built up a comfortable 30-17 lead by halftime as the Vikings struggled to put points on the board from the field. More than two-thirds of North’s points came from the foul line in the first half. “We were really aggressive and defensive strategy helped us stay on top of everything,” said Celt Aerial Rice. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 18 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Wrestler’s first win is magic moment for team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There are a couple of things that set Joe DeWitt apart from his teammates on the McNary High School wrestling team, but none have anything to do with his developmental disabilities. “It’s really cool because when we talk about a match on the side of the mat, we’ll end up talking about how whoever is out there needing to do this move that we’ve practiced that week, then Joe goes out on the match and just does it,” said Celt Rob Phelps, one of DeWitt’s teammates. “A lot of people who don’t see success in the first few weeks bail and Joe just sticks with it.” DeWitt has not been part of the regular line-up in the McNary mat men, but he’s never far from their side. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 18 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Saxons hand Celts heartbreaker in OT

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizeritmes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team’s first league game of the season ended up a heartbreaking 72-70 loss in overtime to South Salem High School last week. “It was our best all-around game of the year. We executed a game plan as well as we have all year, we shared the ball and trusted our teammates. We got to the fourth quarter and it was a couple of missed shots, a couple of missed calls, a couple of fouls and a couple of turnovers,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. The Celtics flew to the ball on offense and defense in the first period and the teams were tied 15-15 at the buzzer. Scrappy defense gave the Celts a 33-29 edge headed into halftime. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 18 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Wave the Keizer banner

A person who recently traveled through Keizer commented on how many businesses there were along the main arterials from downtown Salem to Keizer. She was amazed—to her it seemed there were more businesses than one might normally see in cities this size. Her perception is important. We want visitors to see the many businesses that have decided to call River Road, or Commercial Street, or Broadway Street, home. We especially want potential businesses to see that Keizer is a place to locate, be it a retail store, or an office. River Road is a state highway; it is used by many people as a way to get from one place to another. The River Road Renaissance project was designed to make Keizer’s main thoroughfare a welcoming and vibrant commercial district. The pedestrian-safe sidewalks coupled with appealing landscaping was created to entice drivers out of their cars and patronize the many businesses. There is still work to be done. That’s why the city and the city council must put Urban Renewal District dollars back into the project. There are a lot of businesses, but River Road lacks a cohesive identity. As long as a visitor feels there are a lot of businesses here, let’s give them a sense they are in a special place. How does the city do that? An intriguing idea would be to paint River Road blue,...

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Cruelty and neglect

All living things must be allowed to live cruelty-free lives with no neglect and no abuse. Rational people should be shocked and appalled at the conditions found at Willamette Animal Rescue in Brooks. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 100 dogs this week at the facility. The manager was arrested and faces multiple counts of animal neglect. The dogs were relocated to animal and rescue shelters in the area; many were suffering from open sores and malnutrition. Some of the dogs were stacked in small carriers while others ran free. All the facts of this case are not yet known, but we should all acknowledge that the conditions in which the dogs were found is inhumane. Whomever is proven to be responsible for these unacceptable conditions needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There are far too many instances of animal hoarding, animal abuse, and animal neglect—horses, dogs, cats. These are defenseless animals who can’t speak for themselves and cannot fight for themselves. They are living creatures which deserve a life free from harm. There are things that can done: lower the pet population by spaying and neutering pets; asking for help when owning animals gets to be too much of a burden. Just as important is to be aware of those animals in harm’s way and reporting it to law enforcement agencies....

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