Day: February 4, 2014

Clean up party returns to city hall

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mark Caillier just can’t get away from the Keizer Civic Center. Leaving the Keizer City Council at the start of last year didn’t do it. After all, Caillier is part of a couple of groups that meet regularly at city hall, including The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. Next month, for the second year, Caillier is overseeing a project to clean up around the grounds of the civic center. The landscaping work parties will take place Feb. 8 and 22, from 9 a.m. to noon on both days. “Last year we knew we had a core group of people, so it was only one day,” Caillier said. “I’m not sure about this year, thus the two days. The community center is maintained by volunteers in terms of landscaping.” Caillier said about 60 people from Salem Baptist Church got the work done in three hours last year. While he knows of some people coming this year, Caillier isn’t exactly sure how many that will be. “We’ll have folks bringing in hedge trimmers, loppers, things like that,” he said. “Folks that know how to use them, we could certainly use their help. The big job is cleaning and dumping material into dumpsters and dump trucks. We could use some wheelbarrows and trash cans. There is plenty of work to do. There is stuff...

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Celt boys come up empty in 2 games

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even when everything seems to be going well, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball teams seems to end up on the bruising side of a bad break. Such was the case for the Celts in their game with the McKay High School Royal Scots Friday, Jan. 24. The teams were tied 55-55 in the game’s final seconds when Scot Jacob Brustad hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer, The game was McNary’s fourth consecutive loss since starting league play. “It was as good a game as we had all year,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We had six turnovers, we didn’t miss a free throw in the second half, we shot 50 percent from the field in game and 60 percent in the second half.” McNary was never far out of reach from the second-place Scots. The Keizer team trailed by three at the half and had outshot the Scots in the second half until the final second. Celt Devon Dunagan had a breakout game with 16 points and seven rebounds. “We were more focused and executed our plays better,” said Celt Tregg Peterson. “Devon dominated inside and that was a big help.” Johnathan Doutt had 13 points with three treys in the game; Peterson had 10; Trent Van Cleave had six; and Connor Goff had four. Kirch said Dunagan is expected...

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