Day: April 7, 2014

Lady Celts split tournament games 2-2

  Facing down some of the top talent in a Medford softball tournament, the McNary High School Lady Celts mustered two wins in four games. McNary beat South Eugene and Glencoe high schools, but fell to Liberty and Eagle Point high schools. A late rally spared Liberty from taking a loss to the Lady Celts Monday, March 24. McNary had a 5-4 lead going into the final frame, but the Falcons (the No. 5 team in 5A rankings) scored twice in their last turn at bat, escaping with a 6-5 win. In the first inning, McNary’s Kiana Villarreal doubled, scoring Kimi Ito from third base, but Liberty scored two in the bottom of the inning. Nicole Duran knotted the game 2-2 with a solo home run over the left field fence in the top of the second inning. Villarreal followed suit with her own solo shot over the left field fence in the third inning for the 3-2 lead. Liberty nearly got a tying run in the fourth inning, but McNary’s Kinsey McNaught grabbed a grounder at shortstop and got a Falcon runner out at home plate. Liberty got a tying run across the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. Villareal put the Celts in the lead again with her second home run of the day over the centerfield fence in the sixth inning, but Liberty answered...

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“The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living” by Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc.

“The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living” by Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc. c.2014, DaCapo Lifelong Books $19.99 / $23.00 Canada 320 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Lately, it seems as though everything sets your teeth on edge. The neighbors are way too noisy. Customer service… isn’t. Your in-laws are a bunch of ingrates. And your co-workers?  Let’s not go there. You’re over just about everything: overworked, overloaded, and overwhelmed. But when you read “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living” by Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc, you might start to feel overall better. In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible not to feel strain. At least that’s how it seems, and it only gets worse as we “get hijacked by impulses, infatuation and fear,” the brain wants to “escape the present moment,” and the mind thinks everything’s a danger. Says Sood, we “struggle with what is,” which is the very definition of stress. Part of the reason for the struggle is that, when you’re awake, your brain operates in one of two ways: default or focused. You’ve undoubtedly experienced both. In focused mode, you’re so immersed in the task at hand that you forget about almost everything surrounding you. In default mode, your brain wanders like an idle shopper, moseying from problem to worry to idea, spinning and projecting future scenarios. The key is to teach yourself to stay...

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More support voiced for original Big Toy location

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Tuesday’s monthly Community Build Task Force meeting included proponents for the original site of The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park – and a further explanation of why the site along Chemawa Road should be considered. Rhonda Rich, president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) explained her group unanimously supported siting the play structure at Site 1, also referred to as Area B. Will Stitt, the former CBTF member who originally brought up the idea for the structure in late 2012, also spoke in favor of that site. “We had previously approved Area B,” Rich said. “We looked at it again on March 6 at our board meeting. The vote was still unanimous; we want to see it at Area B. That was still the decision at the March 13 general meeting.” Rich said WKNA members came up with eight advantages for Site 1, including being near the amphitheater and future education center, being in the heart of KRP and visibility to those on paths and at the boat ramp. In contrast, seven disadvantages were listed for the site in the current orchards at the front of the park, an area that would have to be incorporated into the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in order to be used. That process is currently underway via Nate Brown, Keizer’s director of Community Development....

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