Month: November 2013

Students spread holiday cheer

Keizer youth are performing all over the area in holiday concerts. Here are some important dates and times to remember: Monday, Dec. 2 The annual lighting of the Salem Capitol’s Christmas tree will be featuring McNary High School’s Highlanders Classic Choir singing carols to kick off the holiday season, 6 p.m. at the Salem Capitol Building. Dec. 3-5 Claggett Creek Middle School’s drama students will stage Cafe Murder, a murder mystery dessert theater experience. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. each evening. Admission is $3 per person or $8 per household, 1810 Alder Drive N.E. Wednesday, Dec. 4 Whiteaker Middle School’s choir performs at Mission Mill in the Viva Voce Rotary Performance. The concert begins at 12:15 p.m., 1313 Mill St S.E. in Salem. Monday, Dec. 9 The Whiteaker orchestra performs at 7 p.m. at Dayspring Fellowship, 1755 Lockhaven Drive N. Tuesday, Dec. 10 The Whiteaker band performs at 7 p.m. at Dayspring Fellowship. The Claggett Creek orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. at the school. Wednesday, Dec. 11 McNary Intermediate Ensembles Concert at McNary High School in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Featuring Vivace choir, intermediate orchestra, and intermediate band holiday-themed performances. Thursday, Dec. 12 The Whiteaker first- and second-year orchestra performs a winter concert at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gym. The Claggett Creek band performs at 7 p.m. at the school. Monday, Dec. 16 The Whiteaker...

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Lady Celts look to improve of 3rd place finish

  BY EVAN RUMMERFIELD For the Keizertimes A third place finish last season has the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team thinking there may be even bigger accomplishments in the immediate future. The foundation of a successful team is the atmosphere on the court, said Paul Pickerell, McNary’s head coach beginning his second year with the program. Pickerell loves “promoting a hardworking environment” and making “better individuals and a team.” The 2013-14 varsity roster is comprised of two seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. “This team is on the verge of being a good team. They work well together,” he said. Ashlee Koenig, one of the two seniors, said attitude on the court has been positive and that inspires faith in her teammates. “(My role) is to be a positive role model and be a leader by example, and I’m thrilled to see what the underclassmen can do,” Koenig said. Junior Jasmine Ernest has high expectations for the solid team, and she is looking forward to the “potential our team has to do great things this year.” Pickerell and Michael Miller, an assistant coach, shared the strengths and shortcomings of the team. “Our strengths include speed and togetherness, as well as the ability to put pressure on the ball and spread the floor. The weakness that we have is that we do not have a big...

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Location found for Dec. 12 KNOW gift wrapping party

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The timing was getting a bit tight, but a solution was found. The Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) Giving Basket program is spreading holiday cheer to 139 local families this Christmas season, positively impacting 462 total children. One of the main parts for the program comes Dec. 12, when dozens of volunteers come together to wrap the gifts. There was only one problem for Audrey Butler, who has headed up the program for the past six years: she didn’t have a place for the party. Last week a site was found: the former Glass Specialties building at 3816 River Road N. “Finally, thank God,” Butler said last Friday. “Ken and Jim McKibben are being kind enough to loan their facility for the week. It took a lot of driving around and talking to people.” Last year Butler and her jolly crew of elves used vacant space by the old Roth’s building on Chemawa Road N. “We outgrew it,” said Butler, who added that using some of the larger space at Schoolhouse Square was not an option, either. In June, school counselors in Keizer are notified and asked to start thinking of students who could use some gifts during the holidays. By mid-October, Butler and the KNOW members are sorting through the requests and figuring out who gets what gifts. Group members got 1,000...

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Keep the momentum going

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On the one hand, keeping the momentum going for the Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project (KRPPP) seems simple. After all, more than 300 people filled Keizer Civic Center on Nov. 14 to see the proposed playground design be unveiled. The design came after more than 3,000 Keizer elementary students drew what they wanted to see. On the other hand, the playground isn’t scheduled to be built until September 2014 and – more immediately – there are plenty of holiday events happening in Keizer. So how are project leaders making sure to strike while the fire is hot? “We’re not going to take any time off,” said city councilor Marlene Quinn, who chairs the Community Build Task Force overseeing the project. “We will keep recruiting volunteers from the community and from the schools.” The task force will continue to meet the first Tuesday of each month, meaning the next meeting will be at 6 p.m. at city hall on Dec. 3 – yes, the same night and time for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Walery Plaza. “This is really important,” Quinn said of the meeting time. “We can’t keep changing dates in December. I will probably miss the tree lighting this year.” During the Design Day community celebration on Nov. 14, Quinn and task force co-chair Richard Walsh put out a call for...

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