Day: September 18, 2013

Chamber luncheon serves up local, regional food

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Tuesday’s Keizer Chamber Luncheon Forum emphasized local food – and freshness. The monthly luncheon, held at McNary Restaurant and Lounge, featured local corn, peaches, burgers, buns and chips. Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, did her part to make sure the food was fresh. “At 10:30 this morning Bob Zielinski picked 50 ears of corn for us,” Dieker said as the luncheon started an hour later. “Then I went up the road and got some fresh peaches at Jones Farms Produce.” David Zahradnik, owner of McNary Restaurant, noted the hamburgers were made in Eugene with Ninkasi Brew infused and served with chips. “The squirrely fries were made here in house,” he said. Burgers were placed on buns made that morning by the Keizer Big Town Hero, owned by Scott White. “We made 65 buns for this, plus the 300 loaves we make every day for the store,” White said. “I think it’s a great idea to showcase other farm fresh products. I’m excited to try the locally grown meat and the local produce on the burgers.” 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...

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No major damage as heavy rain hits

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s storm drain system was cleared and ready for rain. Just not that much rain. Once the skies opened up late afternoon Sept. 5, the rain came heavy and hard. With nearly two inches of rain in just a couple of hours, the result was standing water, flash flooding and conditions ideal for boating around parts of Keizer. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, reported high water around town but no major damage. “I would say there was nothing of great significance,” Lawyer said the following morning. “We had a lot of localized flooding all over the city. The system can’t handle something heavy like that. We saw some flooding in areas we hadn’t seen flooding in before. To my knowledge, we didn’t have anything that resulted in damage.” 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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