Day: June 14, 2013

Fireworks, Father’s Day highlight Volcanoes’ opening weekend

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes’ 2013 kicked off Thursday with a game against the College All-Stars past press time, but the festivities will continue this weekend as the team faces the Hillsboro Hops in the three-game series  Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In conjunction with the season kick-off, the club is offering several promotional events. For the opening game of the Northwest League competition, the field will be renamed McLaran Field in honor of the recently deceased Mike McLaran, longtime director of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. McLaran was instrumental in the relocation of the Volcanoes from Bellingham, Wash., in 1997.  The 6:35 p.m. game will conclude with a fireworks display. On Saturday, June 15, the club will offer free admission to all kids wearing Awesome 3000 T-shirts. It will also be Educator Appreciation Night and honorees of the 2012 Crystal Apple Awards will be honored alongside the 2013 graduates of McNary High School. Game time is 5:30 p.m. On Father’s Day, June 16, the Volcanoes club will offer breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lava Lounge Sports Pub. Menu includes ham, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and carmel and chocolate pancakes. Coffee and juice is also included. Mimosas, champagne, wine, beer and a full bar will also be available. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. After brunch, dads and their kids will be...

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Council: It’s Kim Freeman

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Kim Freeman helped make history Monday night. Freeman was appointed Monday to the Keizer City Council seat vacated last month by Ken LeDuc. Freeman was one of seven candidates – and the only female – to give a five-minute presentation to councilors during a special session. Four of the six councilors voted for Freeman after presentations were finished. Freeman will be sworn in at the start of the June 17 council meeting. With Freeman, 50, joining council, a majority of councilors are now females. Mayor Lore Christopher noted that’s a first in Keizer history. Cathy Clark and Marlene Quinn are also on council. “I’m very surprised,” Freeman said afterwards. “Each of the candidates were fabulous. There was great experience in the room tonight.” Christopher, Quinn, Clark and Jim Taylor all voted for Freeman. Joe Egli voted for Kevin Hohnbaum while Dennis Koho voted for Roland Herrera. The other candidates were Ronald Bersin, Eamon Bishop, Matt Chappell and Erick Peterson. Mark Miedema had applied, but dropped out. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 14 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051...

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A wealth of talent

Last November, five people sought election to three Keizer city council seats. This week, seven candidates offered themselves up for appointment to a vacant seat. All seven made good cases for their appointment. In the end the council voted to name Kim Freeman to the seat vacated by Ken LeDuc. Freeman will be a great addition to the council due to her independence, intelligence and experience. She admirably chaired this year’s Budget Committee; she has served on the Volunteer Coordinating Committee including chairing that body. The newest councilor is nobody’s toady—she makes decisions based on what she learns, not on what she’s told. She will be an independent voice but she will be able to work well with her colleagues.  She is well known for her affable and courteous manner; there will be no rough stuff from her. Through her various positions in the private and public sectors Kim Freeman has gained a wide-ranging set of skills, especially in the financial realm. Her tenure with a credit counseling service as well as her position as treasurer for several non-profit groups will allow her to bring a well-rounded background in budgets to the council. She was firm yet collaborative in her chairmanship of the 2013 Keier Budget Committee. She kept discussions on track and completed the task of fashioning the city’s 2013-15 budget in a timely manner. Her other public...

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A barking success

The Keizer Rapids Off-Leash Dog Park is celebrating its fifth anniversary this season. And what a success it has been and continues to be. Before Keizer Rapids Park was created there was no place in the city to let your dog run leash-free except your backyard. When planning for the park was underway the idea of a dog park was added. With a generous donation from Keizer Veterinary Clinic and tireless hours of volunteer help and donations, the dog park was born and it has been a hit ever since. The Keizer Parks Foundation has been instrumental in raising funds for amenities in the park for its customers—dogs of every size. There is a water foundation with an attached doggie water bowl, a faux fire hydrant in the park for the dog’s natural impulses and shelters for their human owners to relax as their pets run themselves ragged around and around the park. With a small dog enclosure attached the park caters to every type of dog. Our four-legged friends enjoy it and our two-legged neighbors love it. The park is heavily used by both residents and non-residents. By any measure the dog park is a draw to our city and a wonderful facet in our parks system....

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A great business in Keizer

To the Editor: As a resident of Keizer for 30 years I have seen businesses come and go.  I want to bring attention to a business by the name of Pooch Parlor and Kitty Too! The owners, Melissa Bennett and Phillip Pentecost, are wonderful with animals. They groom my dog and cat and treat them like their own pets. If you want your pet to have a stress-free bath, haircut, or nails done, stop by and say hello. They are located at 3493 River Road N. in Keizer. Diana Romero...

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