Month: February 2013

Ugandan water collector is goal for Cougar students

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Clear Lake Elementary School student Jeremiah Ratliff was reading a magazine article on getting water to Ugandan villages when he decided to get involved. The article was about the Ugandan Water Project’s efforts building rainwater collection tanks and the relatively small amount of money needed to construct one, $3,500. “It rains a lot there, so instead of putting in wells, they are putting in rainwater collectors,” Jeremiah said. “I wrote a letter to the principal and asked if we could raise money for one at the school.” With permission to continue from Principal Anali Weatherhead, Jeremiah enlisted a handful of friends and set to selling brightly-colored pencils and wristbands with H2O Uganda printed on them outside the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 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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Nancy’s Burgers and Fries finally opens on River Road

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Nancy Hall didn’t want her restaurant to bear her name. Partner Rich Giddens did. Giddens won. Nancy’s Burgers and Fries opened this week. “That name was agreed upon by both,” Hall said. “I said he’s well known in the area, so I thought something with Rich in it would be better. He said Nancy’s Burgers and Fries would be cute. I said OK. He didn’t have to twist my arm too much.” Giddens said Hall’s personality will be loved, and the food. “It seems like 10 years ago there was not much room for independence with burger places,” Giddens said. “Now more are coming back. We have a better quality burger than those chain places.” For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 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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Something tropical in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There was something fishy about the opening last Sunday. That’s meant in a good way. After several months of remodeling and waiting, Keizer’s Tropical Fish and Aquariums opened at 3986 River Road North on Feb. 17. The shop is owned and run by brothers Angel and Deno Madrigal. “We’ve been pretty packed,” Deno said early this week. “We had this place fully stocked with fish on Sunday. A lot of those fish were gone by the end of the day.” The Madrigal brothers started working on their building in November. A friend did fish-themed artwork inside on the redone walls. Once the water in the tanks was of the right mixture, the doors were finally opened. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 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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Celtic club sets to combating human trafficking, abuse

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The stack of cutout hearts were covered in reassuring messages: “You are precious,” “We believe in you,” and “We love you” amongst others. Given that Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, it would have been easy to assume that the hearts were meant for romantic interests, but the students who cut them out had a higher purpose in mind. “I had no idea what human trafficking was and it was horrifying, I couldn’t understand how it was happening. It has to stop and that’s why I joined AWARE,” said McNary High School’s Carly Scott. The hearts were going to be strung together as garland and offered to the women of Simoka Place Women and Children’s Shelter on River Road. Scott and other students rallied to the cause of fighting human trafficking after teacher Tracy Rhoades began addressing the issue in her health classes. Showings of the documentary Sex+Money after school last spring brought even more students to the cause. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 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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Taylor-made

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There are some things teachers can learn, like planning backward. Planning backward means taking the point of a lesson and then finding ways to work up to it in ways that engage and ignite students’ parts in the learning process. In Jim Taylor’s McNary High School jazz history class, he’s elaborating on the history of the word “jazz,” but he tells the students it’s actually a story about S-E-X. He starts with Africa’s griots, nomadic, storytelling musicians who operated as both entertainers and the newsmen among African tribes. Taylor knows more than a little about this way of life. He was a teacher before arriving at McNary High School’s choir program as its director, but there was never much doubt about where his career would take him. “My mom and dad were both teachers, uncles, aunts, almost everyone was a teacher or worked at a school. We call family reunions faculty meetings,” Taylor said. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 22 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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