Day: October 29, 2013

It started in a Chevy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Roy Robeson may not have been able to join the military in 1943, but he got a nice consolation. He got the girl. Roy and Florence, both 89, celebrated their 70th anniversary last month. The couple moved into Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community in Keizer in August. The two had met at a rollerskating rink in Sweet Home the year before. “All the same age kids were there,” Florence said. “It was the place to hang out.” The two were 18 at the time. “We were just kids,” Roy recalled. Roy admits he didn’t win Florence over with his prowess on the rink. “I was not too good,” he said. “It wasn’t the skating moves that impressed her.” Florence quickly added it was the other wheels that helped. “Well, he had a car,” Florence said. “A lot of us kids didn’t have cars. He drove up. We were walking home, me and two girlfriends. He drove up and asked us if we wanted a ride.” The ladies gladly got into Roy’s red Chevrolet convertible. “It all started from there,” Florence said. Before the couple got married in September 1943, Roy was drafted. While in basic training for the Army and Air Force, Roy was injured. “I got hit in the kidney,” Roy said. “It has bothered me ever since. The Army wanted me to...

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City council passes again on dormant committee decision

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Erick Peterson wants to serve on another committee. Whether he can or not is up to members of the Keizer City Council. For the second time, however, councilors delayed making a decision on the issue during Monday night’s meeting. At issue is Peterson serving on two city committees: the Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) and the Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB). Peterson has applied to be on the Budget Committee and the Planning Commission. However, city rules prohibit people from serving on more than two committees. Thus, some councilors didn’t want to appoint Peterson to the Budget Committee. “Some people tend to raise their hand for every committee,” Dennis Koho said. “You need to decide on the two to serve on. I am going to deny appointing to a third committee.” Councilor Kim Freeman, the former chair of both the VCC and the Budget Committee, agreed and pointed to the timing. “We won’t need the spot filled until April,” she said of the Budget Committee. “This is October. From the VCC view, we strongly believe two (committees) is enough. I believe we need to stick to the limit of two.” Others, however, pointed out council’s lack of a decision on disbanding KURB is causing the problem. The committee hasn’t met since November 2011. “One is a committee that we haven’t done anything with in...

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In a classroom far, far away…

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Janelle Meisenheimer wasn’t a fan of school when she was younger, but transitioning to international school while living in Belgium was the first step toward her current job: teaching physical education and health classes in the Dominican Republic. “My experiences in international school helped turn it all around. I loved the smaller classes and attention from all the teachers. The diversity was amazing and embraced by everyone. The community felt like a family,” Meisenheimer said. When she was figuring out what she wanted to do with her life in middle and high school, the experience stuck with her and she decided she wanted to be part of creating that experience for other students. After graduating from McNary High School in 2006, she graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in teaching in 2011. When the opportunity came about to take part in a student teaching program in Namibia, Meisenheimer knew immediately that she would apply for it. “When was I going to have another experience like that?  Life is all about taking healthy risks and living it to the best of your ability,” she said. While she grew up in another country, she did her best to keep an open mind when it came to teaching in the heart of another culture. To read the complete article and other news from around the...

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