Day: September 16, 2013

Concerts and disc golf event proposed at KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Weekend concerts have become commonplace during the summer at Keizer Rapids Park in recent years. A proposed festival would kick things up a notch next summer. Jason Alan Cripe with Oregon Summer Concerts LLC talked to city leaders Monday about a festival called Guitars Under the Stars, taking place next summer. A venue has not been nailed down yet, but Cripe is looking at three locations around Oregon. One is Keizer Rapids Park (KRP). The festival would be a three-day event with music as well as a professional disc golf tournament. Dates are tentatively Aug. 8 to 10 of 2014. “We are thinking of bringing in 10,000 to 15,000 people with this event,” Cripe said. “We have looked at several venues around the state. To be honest, Keizer looks very attractive to us.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 13 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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Swinging the sword

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes To make it clear, Chris Eppley doesn’t swing the sabre to scare or intimidate visitors. Eppley, Keizer’s city manager since May 2000, has a valid reason for waving his sabre back and forth. “My predecessor had a baseball bat,” Eppley said. “I need to have something in my hand. Why not a fencing sabre? It’s become kind of a thing.” Eppley has long had an interest in swords, so in that respect holding one in his office isn’t too surprising. But the sabre mainly represents the passion he discovered two years ago: the sport of fencing. “I was 40, sitting at my desk one day,” Eppley said. “I was fat, not particularly healthy. I got high blood pressure warnings. I needed to do something to get exercise.” Before returning to Oregon, Eppley had done mountain biking to stay in shape in Kansas, thanks to trails near his house. Such opportunities didn’t exist here, plus he wasn’t interested in going to a gym. That’s when he made the connection between the foil – the small French sword he had collected – and how to use it for exercise. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the September 13 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print...

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