Month: January 2014

Celtic bowlers claim pair of district titles

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It takes a special kind of team to ignite a crowd of bowling enthusiasts. McNary High School has two of them. “It was so loud. I couldn’t even hear myself,” said freshman Nick Blythe. “When I was warming up, I couldn’t hear anything. My ears were ringing after we did a cheer before the last games,” added junior Scott Bridger. The crowd gathered at Salem’s Firebird Lanes was so deep in the tank for the Celts that some of the girls found themselves feeling sorry for their opponents. “We would go up to bowl and the crowd would roar and the other team went up and it was silent,” said Sierra Mo. The crowd was no small part of the effort that led both the boys and girls teams to district championships Sunday, Jan. 26. But it also took a healthy dose of perseverance on the parts of the bowlers themselves. The five-person teams bowl baker-style, meaning the first bowler will bowl frames one and six. The second bowler will bowl frames two and seven and so on, with your fifth bowler bowling frames five and 10. Following a 10-game semi-final round, the top three qualifiers vied for the district. The boys handled the opening rounds with ease and led by as much as 400 pins, averaging a 191. “It wasn’t easy,...

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Clark running for top seat

By CRAIG MURPHY and LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes This time, the door is open and Cathy Clark is walking through. Two years ago, the Keizer City Councilor filed to run for mayor, a seat held by Lore Christopher since 2000. However, Christopher ran and won her sixth term. Clark didn’t run, being content to maintain her spot on the council. At the time, Christopher said it would her last campaign. At last weekend’s First Citizen Awards Banquet, Christopher announced she is indeed not running for re-election (see related story). On Tuesday, Clark told the Keizertimes she is indeed running for mayor this time around, making her the first person to formally declare so for the 2014 election. “I see opportunity for Keizer,” Clark said when asked why she wants to be mayor. “Lore has done a fantastic job. She has helped grow our economy and grow our vision. I want to work with businesses and residents to see the vision come to fruition. How can we use our strategic resources to make Keizer the city it should be?” Clark emphasized the need to elicit feedback from Keizer citizens. “We need to listen to the people,” she said. “Where are we now and where are we going? Also, it takes time and organization to run for public office. I want to help other candidates who seek city council...

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Doneth named First Citizen

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes John Doneth was named Keizer’s 2013 First Citizen at a banquet at the Keizer Civic Center last Saturday night. Doneth was a popular choice as his selection was met with a rousing standing ovation. The award, along with three others, are presented annually by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Last year’s First Citizen award winners, Hank and Sandy Tarter, announced this year’s winner. “This year’s winner definitely shows pride, spirit and volunteerism,” announced Tarter. “I didn’t know anything about it,” said Doneth, “when they got to the University of Michigan, it was a tip off.” Doneth, a Michigan native, is a graduate of the University of Michigan. “I was a real treat” getting the award “since it was Hank (Tarter) doing it.  I have a lot of respect for Hank and Sandy; it was a special moment.” In the late 1970s when he and his new wife were searching for a home they settled on Keizer because of its strong youth sports organizations. Doneth, 64, became involved with Keizer Little League, eventually  serving as an umpire, a board member and president. He has served the Keizer community in various capacities for more than three decades. For the city he has served on the Keizer Volunteer Coordinating Committee and the Emergency Planning Committee. He was chairman of the board of the Catholic Community...

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Mayor will not run again

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Are the floodgates going to open? Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher, who was first elected to the position in 2000, formally announced last weekend she will not be seeking another two-year term this fall. Christopher made the announcement during the Jan. 25 First Citizen Awards Banquet at the Keizer Community Center. In 2012, when Christopher faced a challenge – her first in a decade – from then-councilor David McCane, Christopher said it would be her last campaign. On Tuesday, Christopher again emphasized she won’t be running and explained why. “That’s right,” Christopher told the Keizertimes. “I believe in a citizen government. I don’t believe in staying in a position for life. I’ve been here 14 years. Everything I set out to do has either been done or will come to fruition by the end of the year. There are people on council who are capable of carrying it forward.” Two of those people, Cathy Clark and Joe Egli, filed to run for mayor in 2012. Clark never did actually run, while Egli did briefly before dropping out. This week, Clark announced she is indeed running for mayor this time (see related story). “Cathy has already committed to running, while Joe was interested last time,” Christopher said. “I don’t know who else might be interested. Those two both have experience on the city council. A lot...

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Hats off to Keizer’s best

This year the Keizer Chamber of Commerce changed the way the winners of its annual First Citizen Awards are chosen. The result was a list of well-deserved honors across the spectrum of Keizer volunteers. Five men were honored at the annual awards banquet held last Saturday night. Each of the winners was swept to the stage with sustained standing ovations. Keizer’s 2013 First Citizen Award was presented to John Doneth.  For the businesss community, Rotary club members and Keizer Chamber members, Doneth is well-known and well-liked.  The rest of the community can rest assured that Doneth was an excellent choice. A long-time Keizer resident and business owner (he was a LPL Financial representative until he retired and turned the business over to his son, Jason, in 2010), Doneth has had a hand in just about every successful organization in the community. He has been president of both Keizer Rotary and Keizer Chamber of Commerce; he has also been deeply involved with Keizer Little League, serving in many positions including umpire and president. Doneth has always been a leader, chairing or heading up organizations, clubs and committees. John Doneth is a man who never says “no” when his community asks for help. He has been generous with his expertise, time and money. His acceptance speech on Saturday night was gracious, and true to form, the first thing he did was...

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