Day: March 25, 2013

Incident spawns council task force

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A past councilor objected, but current Keizer City Councilors unanimously agreed Monday to form a member complaint procedure task force. The idea for the task force was brought up by Mayor Lore Christopher last week following an interaction between council Ken LeDuc and Larry Barz, parent of an Eagle Scout, on March 6. Details of the interaction were in last week’s Keizertimes. Christopher apologized to Barz for LeDuc’s behavior in a March 9 e-mail, then shared details with councilors – including LeDuc – for the first time on March 11. After the topic was brought up that evening, city attorney Shannon Johnson put together a resolution for this week’s meeting, calling for a three-member task force to investigate such complaints. As amended, the task force would include the mayor, council president Joe Egli and councilor Dennis Koho, the former mayor who is also an attorney. Johnson said the task force will recommend procedure to the council, which can establish procedure policy if so desired. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 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...

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Activities abound to fill spring break downtime

Several local organizations have lined up a week’s worth of activities to keep idle hands busy during the week of spring break, March 25-29. All events are free unless otherwise noted.   Monday, March 25 • Spring Break Family Learning at A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 116 Marion Street N.E., in Salem. 1 to 4 p.m. An afternoon of free family learning experiences in village exhibits. Test out a marble race track, make shadow puppets and participate in a lively scavenger hunt. Free with admission.   Tuesday, March 26 • Pioneer Playground at Mission Mill, 1313 Mill Street S.E., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come play and find out what was fun in 1840. Try out some toys and play some games from long ago. See what you can create with simple supplies and make a pioneer toy to take home. $3 per person, includes program and museum admission. • Spring Break Family Learning at A.C. Gilbert Discovery Village, 1 to 4 p.m. An afternoon of free family learning experiences in village exhibits. Test out a marble race track, make shadow puppets and participate in a lively scavenger hunt. Free with admission. • Turn some dirt and make a boot-iful shoe garden during Salem Public Library’s Dig It: Gardening for kids at 2 p.m. Everyone should bring an old shoe or boot The library is located at  585 Liberty Street...

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