Day: March 20, 2014

Sunday Market a no-go

        By CRAIG MURPHY/Of the Keizertimes There was a new location and the funding was in place. But there wasn’t the vendor interest to try a second year of the Keizer Sunday Market. As such, the farmers market will not be happening in 2014. Salem Saturday Market officials started the Keizer market last year at Chalmers Jones Park behind the Keizer Civic Center on Chemawa Road N. By the end of the year, the market was only averaging about 15 vendors each week. Market director Lisa Sherman and Tina Schneider, the former Salem Saturday Market board member who helped launch the market, both confirmed the board voted unanimously last week to not hold a market in Keizer this year. “They decided we weren’t going forward with the Keizer unday Market,” said Schneider, who in particular thanked Keizer City Councilor Cathy Clark for her help in launching the market a year ago. “Only 14 vendors were willing to participate,” Sherman said. “With the number at 14, that is not a viable option for sustainability. That’s not surprising, based on last year’s results.” Schneider said that was even after vendors were told about the Whiteaker Middle School parking lot on Lockhaven Drive being secured as a new location. “We had gotten approval to use it,” she said. “That was a huge factor. Money was another factor. We had...

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Lady Celt tennis team set for bigger, better 2014

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity tennis team lost seven players to graduation last June, but there’s lots of promise and one returning state contender back on the court this season. “We’re going to be really strong at the top of singles and doubles and really inexperienced at the bottom as we get started,” said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach. Included in the ranks this season is junior Sandy Childress, who made it to the state tournament as part of a doubles team with Alex Henriques da Silva, a German exchange student. Kohley said Childress’s game is stronger than ever this season, and she’ll be leading off singles matches. “She’s to the point where she’s playing with the top boys,” Kohley said. “Her game is probably 50 percent better than it was last season because she’s been putting in the work.” Junior Rachel Morrow will likely be the Lady Celts No. 2 singles player and Taslima Siddhu will probably take the No. 3 slot. In doubles pairings, team co-captains Megan Thompson and Katie Stignei, the team’s only seniors, will be taking over the No. 1 spot. “It’s our first time to play together in doubles and it will be the first time we get to combine skills and work it out on the court,” Thompson said. Thompson won the singles consolation bracket...

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