Day: October 8, 2013

McNary weighs options of concession stand future

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Count John Honey as among those upset with the most recent break-in at the McNary High School concession stand. The MHS principal expressed anger last week over the latest break-in, which happened sometime between the evening of Sept. 19 and Sept. 22. “Whoever is breaking in is being a dirtbag,” said Honey, in his fourth year of being principal at McNary. “I can appreciate boosters and Rotary members being frustrated. I’m frustrated too, that someone wants to vandalize their own school. We have Celtic pride. This person is going in the face of it. They’re taking away community pride, to the detriment of our students. It makes me very angry.” Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department confirmed this week there is no suspect information or other updates for the latest of five concession stand break-ins within the past two years. While that many break-ins caused enough frustration, additional hard feelings were caused by what was done – or not done – after the fourth one last spring. Rhonda Brattain, president of the MHS Booster Club, said Salem-Keizer School District leaders would not accept offers made to donate security systems for the stand. “They still said no to a security system since it doesn’t tie into the school’s security system,” Brattain said. “We had a security system ready to be donated,...

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Tentative design dates set for play structure

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Plans call for a large play structure to be built in Keizer Rapids Park next fall. However, in order for that to happen, work has to be done this fall. Members of the Community Build Task Force met Sept. 25. The main part of the meeting was a conference call with Kyle Cundy, project manager with New York-based Leathers and Associates, the company chosen last month to serve as project consultants. Several task force members mentioned being overwhelmed by the 227-page packet of information provided by Leathers, but the main thrust of the call was simpler: figuring out timeline options. Cundy recommended using files provided by the company to keep the project on task. “Try to utilize all of the tools,” she said. “You have a projected date, but I don’t know how real that is for you. I want to see what your goals are and when you’ll host that kickoff event. That is the key event for your community.” One of the first tasks to complete is a design day, in which a person from the company meets with local children to gather input on what should be in the playground. Once that information is gathered, options will be presented during a community-wide evening meeting. A preliminary timeline had the design day on Oct. 29, with actual construction starting next...

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