Day: April 15, 2014

Baseball team rebounds from losses, beat Lions

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Late innings were not kind to the McNary High School varsity baseball team last week. The Celtics lost a 4-3 contest to Newberg High School when the Tigers put up a three-run seventh inning Wednesday, April 2. A 8-7 loss to Oregon City High School in 10 innings followed on Thursday, April 3. The team bounced back and took a win over West Linn High School Monday, April 7. “The games last week were ones that we thought were winnable, but it came down to missing opportunities that would have made the difference. We were relying on offense production only part of the game and it wasn’t working,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. McNary had as much as a 3-1 lead against Newberg before the wheels came off. The first McNary run came when Travis Klampe scored on a ground out by Connor Suing in the bottom of the third inning. Jordan Barchus made it 2-0 by scoring on a Jacob Wood sacrifice fly. Newberg shrunk the lead to 2-1 with a run in the top of the sixth inning, but Celt Jacob Vasas scored on a single by Tristan Mistkawi to keep the team ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the frame. Timely hits by Newberg lifted the team over McNary. Klampe led at the plate going 2 for 2...

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Parks grant program is detailed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Coming up with the matching grant program was step one. On Tuesday, members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hashed out details. In February, chair Brandon Smith proposed using the money the board gets each year as a matching grant program to help citizens get parks projects done. In recent years the Parks Board has had $20,000 to spend. This year’s amount will be determined during the annual budget process, which starts early next month. The idea behind Smith’s program is proponents of qualified projects would see their contribution towards a project matched. For example, a group willing to put in $500 worth of labor for a project could receive $500 in equipment in a matching grant. “We’re trying to define the program,” Smith said at Tuesday’s meeting. “Nothing is set in stone yet. We want to create a public-private partnership, to improve the quality of the park system. Instead of dedicating budget to one or two projects, we want to leverage those limited funds to engage motivated residents to work on parks they are most familiar with.” Smith envisions groups or individuals submitting projects. “Hopefully we’ll have a number of proposals to look at,” he said. The program is modeled after a similar program in Salem. Richard Walsh shared those details, with Smith pointing out parts he wanted to differ on....

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