Day: June 5, 2014

Protestor for cows, against development

A lone woman protested Tuesday evening, June 3, against the proposed development for property along Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue. A requested zone change could include apartments. Maddy Kephart, 22, made a sign with a “No More Apartments” on one side and “Save Keizer Cows” on the other. She stood at the corner of Chemawa and Verda for more than four hours. A life-long resident who lives in a house across from the proposed development, Kephart said she didn’t want to look into apartments while now she can see across Keizer to the west Salem hills.  And she says she’s a cow fan. “They’re cute,” she Kephart, a dental hygiene...

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2-out, 5-run rally isn’t enough for Lady Celts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Working on two outs, the McNary High School varsity softball team swatted five doubles in a five-run fourth inning, but it wasn’t enough to move the team past Newberg High School in the first round of the state playoff tournament. The 11-5 loss Monday, May 26, ended the Celtics’ season. “Our energy and unity as a team was there. We always try our best and never go down without a fight and we did that today,” said Lady Celt Dani Saunders. A two-run homer in Newberg’s first at-bat tipped the scale in the Tigers’ favor early. They ran up the score to 9-0 while McNary struggled at the plate. “We started off slow and anxious,” said Kevin Wise, McNary head coach. “In the early innings, we were swinging up and down at anything looking good. When we started swinging through the ball, that’s when we got our runs.” McNary had two outs in the bottom of the fourth when Megan Ulrey, who reached base on a double, scored on a fielding error by Newberg after a Nicole Duran hit. The next four batters, Jordyn Tutor, Kinsey McNaught, Kimi Ito and Madi Oliver, all reached second base on hits or fielding errors. By the end of the inning, McNary had closed the gap to 9-5. Newberg notched another two-run homer in the top...

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Food programs a topic at WKNA

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A bulk of this month’s West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting centered around food. More specifically, most of the May 8 meeting centered around updates about the Community Garden at John Knox Presbyterian Church, the Keizer Community Food Bank and Marion-Polk Food Share. Nancy Morgan with the KCFB recalled the small beginnings in the 1980s. “If we had 10 families, we thought we were busy,” she said. Things have changed quite a bit since then. KCFB is now headquartered at Faith Lutheran Church on River Road, open Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. The operation has been serving an average of 281 families a month this year, compared to 323 families a month last year. Morgan noted that is a good sign. Morgan said KCFB has a “wonderful” connection with the Community Garden. “It’s wonderful to see a representative come in with produce picked that same morning,” Morgan said. Mary Jo Emmett, who helps organize the Community Garden at John Knox, said that when the food bank started at the church, it was an internal effort. Then it became the church’s main mission. Morgan’s husband, Paul, reached out to other churches and eight years ago the food pantry grew into the KCFB. Emmett noted Curves, Tony’s Comics, Uptown Music, Keizer Elks and others help support the food bank with food drives during the year....

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