Day: February 10, 2014

Council revisits TOT funds

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A full meal was asked for. Instead, there might be enough for cookies and coffee. Maybe. A request for $3,378 in Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT) money was asked for at the Jan. 21 Keizer City Council meeting. The request was granted at Monday’s meeting – but for only $500. JoAnne Beilke had requested a grant for $3,378 on behalf of the Keizer Heritage Foundation to help cover costs at the April 6 Volunteer Recognition Banquet at the Keizer Heritage Center. “We thought it would be great to honor everyone who works at the Keizer Heritage Center,” Beilke said at the time. “It’s quite an economic impact.” Beilke said the Keizer Art Association draws visitors from all over Oregon and the region, including the Art Gallery bringing in more than 4,500 people a year. The Keizer Community Library is staffed by volunteers and is open seven days a week, 36 hours total. The library currently has 537 card holders and attracts nearly 8,000 visitors a year. The TOT money comes from room taxes at the Renaissance Inn, Keizer’s only hotel. When the hotel went into bankruptcy last year and was subsequently bought by new owners, no TOT money was coming into the city coffers for a while. Susan Gahlsdorf, finance director for the city, gave an update on TOT funds Monday. That correlated with...

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“Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal” by Kurt Timmermeister

“Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal” by Kurt Timmermeister c.2014, W.W. Norton $24.95 / $26.50 Canada 311 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Tonight, you’re bringing home the bacon. You got it at the grocery store on the way home from work: neat little strips adhered to a rectangle of cardboard, wrapped in plastic. Some bread, a hothouse tomato, a head of lettuce, and you’re set. So where does your food come from?  Go ahead. Point to the grocery store, then read “Growing a Feast” by Kurt Timmermeister, and follow along with one scrumptious meal… On a Sunday evening not long ago, Kurt Timmermeister decided to have a dinner party for friends. Years before, he’d run a restaurant on his island farm near Seattle, but since he’d closed his French doors to diners, he realized that he missed cooking for a crowd. It would take a lot of preparation – and yet, dinner that night, with its formidable menu, started some two years prior with the birth of a calf. When a heifer is born on a farm, it’s cause for celebration. Heifers grow up to be cows that give milk to make cheese, the main income for Kurtwood Farms. So when Alice (the name given to the calf) was born to a Jersey cow named Dinah, Timmermeister was pleased. Alice was born in later...

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Dates confirmed for play structure build

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project has a set date for construction – wherever it will go. The timeline calls for community volunteers to help build the structure over a five day period, from Sept. 17 to 21. For the second time in as many meetings, members of the Keizer City Council on Monday looked at the idea of choosing a different site on which to build the 10,000 square foot structure. Mayor Lore Christopher on Jan. 21 announced she wanted part of the 28-acre Buchholz property along Chemawa Road to be the site. Previously, there had seemed to be agreement Site 1 between the amphitheater and the boat ramp would be the place. There was not much objection raised in either of the last two meetings about whether the new site would be a good place for the play structure. Instead, the debate centered on whether or not getting the Buchholz property within the Urban Grown Boundary (UGB) could be – or should be – done in time. Nate Brown, the director of Community Development for Keizer who outlined some of the hurdles in last week’s Keizertimes, gave some more details Monday. According to Brown, the property is zoned Special Agricultural, as it is an Exclusive Farm Use qualifying zone. The property would need to be brought within the...

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