Day: October 21, 2013

A big concert? Not so fast

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A proposed three-day music festival at Keizer Rapids Park may not be taking place next summer after all. However, it could happen in 2015. That was the word last week from Jason Alan Cripe with Oregon Summer Concerts, who last month proposed holding Guitars Under the Stars at KRP in the summer of 2014. The event has been held twice in Scio, but Cripe would like to grow the event. “It was 1,500 to 2,000 people in Scio,” Cripe said of past attendance. “We were looking at selling 8,000 to 10,000 tickets (in Keizer).” With free tickets to event sponsors, Cripe said the plan would be to have 15,000 over the three days. Cripe presented his initial proposal to city leaders prior to the Parks Tour on Sept. 9. He was scheduled to speak at the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting last week, but did not submit information or attend the meeting. Putting on the concerts would entail finding a spot at KRP for the stage, as well as clearing an area to be used for camping. While next August may seem like a long time away, Cripe pointed to the enormity of the task ahead. “Right now where we’re at is we’re determining the budget and what it will take to get the ground in Keizer up to snuff,”...

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“The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobble Heads, Cracker Jacks, Jock Straps, Eye Black & 375 Other Strange & Unforgettable Objects” by Steve Rushin

“The 34-Ton Bat: The Story of Baseball as Told Through Bobble Heads, Cracker Jacks, Jock Straps, Eye Black & 375 Other Strange & Unforgettable Objects” by Steve Rushin c.2013, Little, Brown $25.00 / $28.00 Canada 352 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER No matter where you are, you can remember that sound. You can just about hear it now: that “thwock” that comes when baseball meets bat. That hollow noise, that breathless second before the knowledge that you’ve hit it square, it’s exquisite. Is there anything sweeter than a perfect hit on a summer afternoon?  Steve Rushin thinks there might be – and in his new book “The 34-Ton Bat,” he offers up nearly 400 other options. Take, for instance, the game’s namesake: the baseball. Consider its shape. Consider that, through the generations, countless boys learned to throw it hard and with accuracy. Now consider that many of those boys grew up to be soldiers and you see what a World War I soldier noticed.  Still, it took a few more wars before anybody came up with a baseball-size grenade, an object which eventually made a pitch explosive, in the literal sense. The bat, though – that wasn’t meant as a weapon (although Al Capone famously used it as such). Originally, the wood was intended for furniture and stair rails, until the son of a Louisville woodworker offered to...

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Only one issue on ballot, but it’s a big one for KFD

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When ballots for the Nov. 5 election day start arriving in mailboxes Keizer residents will find only one local issue needing their input. In August, the Keizer Fire Board unanimously approved sending a 59-cent per $1,000 local option levy to district voters. The levy is an increase from the 35-cent rate that will expire this year. Last week, Chief Jeff Cowan and and Joe Van Meter, a director on the fire board, were making the rounds and making their case for the costlier levy. “If we do nothing ambulance service goes away. If we keep the rate the same, costs continue to go up and we would have to lay off personnel and reduce service to one ambulance. A 49-cent levy would allow us to maintain current levels of service. The 59-cent levy allows us to staff a second ambulance 24 hours a day and we can maintain a response time within six minutes of a call,” Cowan told the directors of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association. District officials convened a citizen advisory committee earlier this year that looked at the numbers and recommended moving forward with the 59-cent rate. Polling conducted in June signaled support from Keizer voters. “We are proud of the response in less than six minutes 95 percent of the time. There’s no one close by us that...

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