Day: March 1, 2013

Rebuilding from a tragedy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Willevaldo Guzman sought to name his family’s restaurant in north Salem, he looked to his family, specifically his youngest son, Yonic. The restaurant became known as Yonic’s restaurant and Willevaldo told his son, “Amigo, one day, that’s going to be yours.” Yonic was enthused, “He was like, ‘Yeah, okay. I like it,’” Willevaldo said. Sadly, the restaurant that bears Yonic’s name is carrying on without him. Yonic, 8, was killed after being ejected from the family’s SUV in a rollover accident Jan. 13 on Interstate 5. His family is now trying to reclaim their lives after the accident nearly cost Yonic’s brother an arm, and the family their home and business. Yonic’s Mexican Restaurant reopened last week. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 1 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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Reynolds repeats as state champ, three others place

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Grant Gerstner re-injured his back in a semifinals match with Crater High School’s Chase Mackey at the state tournament and it left him with a choice: forfeit his next two matches and place sixth or continue wrestling through the pain and see if he could do better. His next opponent was Aloha High School’s Maurice McSwain and Gerstner felt the pain dampen as he stepped to the mat. He beat McSwain by pin in the second round. “It was one of my best matches of the season. In the third round, we were tied up and all I needed was a takedown. When he shot on me, I caught him to his back for a pin,” Gerstner said. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 1 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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JV boys take CVC title with 11-2 record

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys junior varsity basketball team’s last game of the season came down to the final seconds and the Celtics were trailing by two points. The team’s opponent, Sprague High School, had taken an early lead in the game and rode it through to halftime. But, in the game’s waning seconds, sophomore Oscar Garcia got off a three-pointer and drained it for the win. The circumstances of the win cemented coach Jaren Jones’s take on the team members as a whole. “They have a winning mentality and ability to stay in the moment, not worrying about the score. We know if we play our game and focus on our execution, we are a very good team,” said Jones. “That mentality allowed us to win the battle on rebounds, hustle points, and 50/50 balls. Both teams battled, but late in the game against Sprague is when we executed at our best.” For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 1 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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JV Lady Celts finish 17-5

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At its lowest point this season, the McNary High School girls junior varsity basketball team wasn’t victim to another team or poor play on their part, but inferior refereeing. “We ended up losing to Beaverton by one point and even the other coach apologized for the officiating. We probably should have won by 10 or 15 points,” said Drew Miller, McNary coach. The team took the loss hard, and it was probably a factor in another loss the following day, but the Lady Celts picked themselves up and went on a 10-game winning streak that lasted until the final game of league play this season. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 1 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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Events for every cause, taste

There will be no shortage of opportunities for Keizer residents to support community causes in the coming weeks. Fund raising event season is here. Whatever you want to support there is something for you on the calendar through April. On Saturday, March 2, Clear Lake Elementary School will hold a Fiesta Dinner and Auction at the Keizer Civic Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.  Proceeds will help the school fund projects and field trips. The Keizer Community Food Bank will benefit from a concert at Keizer Christian Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The Keizer Big Band will play musical favorites. Suggested admission is donation of non-perishable food. The church is located at 6945 Wheatland Road N. Keizer teens will be in the spotlight as A Taste of Keizer Young Life: Another Bite! offers samples from top Keizer and Salem restaurants. The fund raising event, which includes an auction, starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at the Civic Center. Cost is $15, or $120 for a table of eight. For lovers of all things Renaissance, singing and acting, the McNary Fine Art Department’s Knight of Song Madrigal Dinner at the Civic Center 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, is perfect for you. This wildly successful event marks its fourth year encompassing all areas of McNary fine...

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