Month: March 2014

Clean-up around Keizer city hall considered a success

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If things look neater and cleaner around Keizer Civic Center this week, there are 40 pairs of hands to thank. Mark Caillier organized the Claggett Creek Watershed Council’s second annual clean-up last Saturday, Feb. 22. Originally the event was going to take place Feb. 8 as well, but snow and ice that weekend meant everything got done in one day. The activity actually started the day before as noted Keizer horticulturist Wilbur Bluhm looked at the various trees and bushes, noting which ones should be pruned and which ones shouldn’t be. “We had three pruners on Saturday,” Caillier said. “They were pruned so they will grow right.” Caillier said 40 people showed up, including 12 volunteers from the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Willamette University and eight volunteers from the McNary High School ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program. “Those two groups, I can’t say enough about them,” Caillier said. “They were in the hardest places to pick things up.” Keizer Rotary – of which Caillier is a member – was represented by 14 volunteers and donated materials and equipment for the three-hour project. Loren’s Sanitation provided a 30-yard drop box for trimmed material, while several groups such as the city, Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association, Earth Tech, Jim’s Lawn Service and McKinley Landscape provided equipment. “We collected almost 40 yards of debris,” Caillier said....

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Assassination in miniature

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Think of it as sibling rivalry run amok. While there were many benefits to Whiteaker Middle School eighth grader Madison Rutter constructing a scale replica of Ford’s Theatre, one that she’ll likely hang onto longer than some others was outdoing her sister. “I just wanted to do something bigger than her,” Madison said. Rutter’s grandfather, Paul Rutter, helped her sister construct a working cotton gin for an enrichment project a few years back. This year, Megan approached Paul with her own idea for a project, a replica of the site where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. “I just kind of followed her lead and we took off from there,” said Paul, a housing contractor who spent eight weeks with his grandaughter constructing the model. It all started innocently enough. Matt Faatz, a Whiteaker social studies teacher, talked with students about taking on an enrichment project for extra credit. He told students it should be something that they were interested in learning more about. When Madison approached him looking for ideas, he gave her the book Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson. The story of an actor-turned-assassin was too interesting to pass up. She checked out every single book on the topic from the school library and found herself drawn to the theater where it happened. “It is just...

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