Day: July 15, 2013

Changes underway at Keizer Renaissance Inn

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The new owners of Keizer Renaissance Inn have indicated “significant” changes are coming for Keizer’s only hotel. So far, what has been significant has been the personnel shake up. As mentioned in the Keizertimes last week, Keizer Hotel Corp. has acquired the 86-room conference center hotel, located at 5188 Wittenberg Lane NE. The deal was announced July 1, with the sale going through June 28. The hotel entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the spring and was undergoing reorganization. Sherrie Gottfried, the former director of Sales and Catering at Renaissance Inn, said that reorganization continued last week. None of the previous managers stayed on staff following the change in ownership. Gottfried said she and fellow managers Steve Lacey and Roger Phillips left in consecutive days last week. “I’m no longer employed at the hotel,” Gottfried told the Keizertimes on Monday. “Negotiations could not be completed. We kept negotiating back and forth. We had a handshake deal, but the contract was not what we had hand shook on. I was floored. I thought we were going to be able to come to an agreement. Really, I’m more disappointed because of my clients. I loved my clients.” Lacey noted on his Facebook page he started a new job this week at Electric Motor and Machine in Salem. In a July 3 post, he talked about leaving...

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Park house could be educational center

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An educational center has been proposed at Keizer Rapids Park. A key question seems to be whether an existing building will be used for that center. The issue has come up in recent years and was discussed again Tuesday night during the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. Richard Walsh, the Parks Board chair who played a key role in the formation of the park, noted the house Jonathan and Winifred Charge lived in for many years could be used for an educational center. Winifred donated part of her land and sold the rest to the city to get Keizer Rapids Park going. Charge brothers John and Reuben built homes on the property in the 1950s, not far from what is now the park’s amphitheater. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 12 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 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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