Day: October 15, 2013

Online contest might earn MHS grant, concert

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two Keizer State Farm insurance agents are teaming up in an effort to possibly bring a major grant and even a concert to McNary High School. Agents Joe Guerra and Sam Goesch are joining forces to promote an online contest and driver’s education campaign being sponsored nationally by State Farm. “It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Guerra. “McNary High School has the chance to receive a grant from State Farm, the community has a chance to host a concert by Kelly Clarkson and, as insurance agents, we get a bit more driver education throughout the area.” Between Oct. 18 and 26, the Celebrate My Drive contest encourages anyone in the community to visit and pledge to develop safe driving habits or discuss them with teen drivers. Anyone older than 14 can take the pledge, and the website also features quizzes, games and interactive lessons regarding safe driving habits. Supporters can take the pledge once a day during the contest timeframe, which coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the October 18 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...

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Busy Schrader gives update at luncheon

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In theory, his next time at Keizer Civic Center will be for longer. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Canby) spoke briefly – as in just a few minutes – via video call at Tuesday’s Keizer Chamber Luncheon, held at the civic center. Schrader gave a quick outline of what he’s been up to, took a couple of questions and then rushed off to another meeting in Washington, D.C. in an effort to break up the federal government shutdown. “I’m busy right now despite the shutdown,” Schrader said. “There are a lot of people who want to get stuff done. There are actually a lot of folks I meet with.” Schrader noted he meets with Democrats and Republicans alike, from conservatives to liberals. “We talk about the deficit and what we need right now,” Schrader said. “That’s the good news. The bad news is we’re shut down. I think it will continue to the deadline of Oct. 17. That will be horrible for every American.” Oct. 17 is the last day the Treasury Department has estimated the federal government will have enough money to pay all of its bills. That is also the day Schrader is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting at Keizer Civic Center, located at 930 Chemawa Road NE. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to go for...

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