Day: September 17, 2013

Councilors see current, future projects on tour

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Throughout the year, members of the Keizer City Council talk about various park projects. Of late, such talks have often centered around the Keizer Little League (KLL) Park and projects at Keizer Rapids Park (KRP). Those two parks were bookends on a four-park tour Monday evening. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hosted the tour for councilors as well as city staff. At KLL Park, Public Works director Bill Lawyer pointed out the top two projects – a new fence and city water connection – were currently underway. Kurt Barker, president of Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA), talked about the next projects. “Now we go to smaller ticket items, like fences and bleachers,” Barker said. “This year we just put a band-aid fix on the bleachers.” Barker said KYSA is now in the black and he feels that will continue. 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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Keizer man helps keep hope afloat for foster kids, families

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Vince Castronovo has a difficult time controlling his impulses when it comes to boating-related posts on Facebook. “I’ve been a boating enthusiast since I was 14 and I’m on Facebook all the time. If there’s a post with a boat, I will click on it no questions asked,” Castronovo said. He was in the midst of another clicking frenzy two years ago when he came across a video posted by an organization called Wake the World, an organization with affiliates in 17 states that provides a day of waterborne fun for youth in group homes and foster care. The video showed kids playing games and getting their first opportunity to try wake boarding and Castronovo noticed that the video’s author was online. “I messaged him asking how I might get involved and that led to a phone conversation,” Castronovo said. When he got off the phone having made a commitment to organize the first event in Oregon, Castronovo wondered what he’d just gotten himself into. “I’d worked with smaller events at my church, but I’d never really taken on one all by myself,” he said. 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...

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