Day: May 20, 2014

Post takes primary win over Jensen

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A heated race for the Republication nomination in the House District 25 seat easily went to Bill Post on Tuesday. Initial results released by the Marion County Elections office showed Post with 1,839 votes (76.75 percent), compared to 532 votes (22.2 percent) for challenger Barbara Jensen. The winner is expected to face Chuck Lee in the fall. Lee entered the race as an independent. The seat HD 25 seat is being vacated by Kim Thatcher, who first won the seat in the 2004 election but this year is running for the State Senate 13th District seat. She ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary. “It was a lot of hard work with a lot of great volunteers,” Post said. “I have to than the wonderful people in House District 25. They saw this is a conservative district and that’s what I am. I just think we did the right thing. We tracked right and reached out right. This is reflective of the district.” Post didn’t expect the margin to be so large. “I felt pretty confident, but not that kind of number,” he said. Post has talked with politicians plenty over the years, but Tuesday was his first time as a candidate on primary night. “I was as calm as could be all day, until about 5 p.m.,” Post said. “Then I got the...

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Teacher inspired with a little hocus pocus

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Gubser Elementary School music teacher Holly Albertson is magic. She can make a piece of thread tied to a recorder feel like a medal of honor. To her students, that simple piece of string is indicative of the level they’ve reached as players, and highly coveted. For Albertson, the string is just one more chance to hook her students on the ability of music to touch a soul. “Music touches kids who aren’t athletes or academic all-stars, and those are the kids I’m hoping find their way to music,” said Albertson. While the string trick is one of the most requested acts, it’s far from Albertson’s only one. Albertson, the 2007 Salem-Keizer School District Educator of the Year, is drawing the curtains on a 30-year career this June. She spent seven years at Kennedy Elementary School before making the switch to Gubser 17 years ago. Albertson’s love affair with notes and clefs began at a very young age, sitting in the lap of her mother as she played piano. “I don’t remember it, but she said she would put her hands over mine as she played and that’s how I learned,” Albertson said. “My brothers and sisters say I would always come into a room singing.” Once in school, she found her friends and allies in music programs. “Junior high was hard...

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Benny rears his head again (and again) at Keizer Safeway

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Benny has continued to be active in spreading cheer in Keizer. In the May 2 issue of the Keizertimes, there was a story of Terry Fristad, the retired Keizer man who found a $100 bill inside the package of socks he had purchased at the Keizer Safeway on April 27. Following a suggestion from his mom, Fristad checked and, sure enough, the name “Benny” was written on the bill. Others have reported similar stories. On May 2, Mary Lindquist had a tale to share. “I also got $100 on the same day, in the same place,” Lindquist said. “I found them in Oreos. It also had ‘Benny’ written on it. I was waiting for someone to pop out, like on ‘Candid Camera.’ It was kind of fun.” Lindquist hadn’t decided yet what to do with the money. On May 4, Jerry Crane wrote about his experience. “My son opened a box of cereal on May 2 and found one of the ‘Bennys’ inside,” Crane said. “It came as a great blessing for the family.” Erika Farkas shared her story on May 10. “My husband and I were happily surprised by Mr. Benny today,” Farkas wrote in an e-mail. “We couldn’t believe it because we hadn’t seen what the new $100 bills look like so we thought it was a fake.” Farkas and her...

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McNary track teams head to district meet with big potential

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the McNary High School varsity track and field teams met with other Salem-area teams to determine Central Valley Conference champions this week, a large contingent of Celtics were expected to be among the top talent. Head coach Frank Gauntz said he was most eager to see how the boys and girls 4×400 relays finish. “There’s a lot of deep talent in the league this year and those are going to be exciting races,” Gauntz said. McNary leads in boys’ and girls’  4×100 relays times, and the boys broke the school record by four one-hundredths of a second at the Jesuit Twilight Relays May 2.The prior record was 12 years old. “We’re coming to a close and we’re looking to improve on that time, and improve on our placing in the state ranking,” said Garrett Hittner, who runs the anchor leg of the race. Daysha Simms-Garcia is seeking to go out with a bang in her senior year. She’ll be running the 100, 200 and 400 sprints at the district competition. “My goal is to beat my personal records in each event,” said Simms-Garcia, who already owns the school record in the 400. McNary athletes who led in rankings headed into the tournament included Anthony Nguyen in the 200 meter; Daniel Brattain in the 110 and 300 hurdles as well as the...

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