Day: June 13, 2014

Cyclocross proposed for KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes For the second time in less than a year, the idea of bicycle racing at Keizer Rapids Park has been brought up. Like a proposed BMX track – an idea which hasn’t been publicly discussed since – proposed last summer, Tuesday’s idea of a cyclocross track was brought up during a Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. Jarod Seaman from Half Penny Cycling in Salem expressed interest in using some of the trails in the back of KRP. “We put on a short track event at the fairgrounds (in Salem) each year,” Seaman said. “This year we’re interested in changing venues. We want to use Keizer Rapids Park as our venue of choice. A lot of us in our group use Keizer Rapids Park during the winter. The trails are already established out there.” Seaman proposed using the trails through the disc golf area on three Monday evenings in August, from 5 p.m. until dusk. In response to a question from Parks Board chair Brandon Smith, Seaman confirmed his group is indeed separate from the BMX group that came to the board last summer. “Our max is 100 to 150 bikes,” Seaman said. “Some of our races in the fall can have thousands of folks. People from Portland and Eugene come down and use it as training. We would be roping off...

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Volcanoes return for season opener June 13

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Fifteen of last year’s Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are returning this season, the Volcanoes and their parent club, the San Francisco Giants, announced Tuesday. The 27-player roster consists of 14 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Second-year manager Gary Davenport and his Volcanoes will open the Northwest League season at 6:35 tonight at home against the Vancouver Canadians. New to the lineup will be shortstop Christian Arroyo, 2013 Giants’ first-round pick, who last year was the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Rookie League. Eight of the returnees are pitchers, including two who had a big impact on last year’s South Division champion Volcanoes. Left-handed starter Andrew Leenhouts, who led the NWL with nine wins last year, will be tonight’s starter. Closer Raymundo Montero, who had 14 saves last year, second most in the league, is back. Other returning pitchers are EJ Encinosa, Ian Gardeck, Cameron McVey, Steven Neff, Armando Paniagua and Jose Reyes. New pitchers are Jason Forjet, Nick Gonzalez, Jake McCasland, Ethan Miller, Eury Sanchez and Kirk Singer. Forjet started for Advanced-A San Jose last year, and Sanchez had seven saves for the AZL Giants. The catching position will be “by committee,” Davenport said. Geno Escalante was a mid-season NWL all-star and may see some outfield action. Leo Rojas and Francisco Pujadas are the other catchers. Craig Massoni and Jonathan Jones...

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State’s WWII Memorial is dedicated on D-Day

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes SALEM – The beauty of the day contrasted vividly with the somberness. Last Friday, June 6, the new Oregon World War II Memorial at Willson Park was dedicated, in the foreground of the state capitol building. It was estimated more than 250 World War II veterans were among the 3,000 or so people who crammed into the park. The weather was Chamber of Commerce-level gorgeous, as was the location. But the event took place on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most somber days in military history. The ceremony was concluded with veterans getting the first look at the walls engraved with the names of the 3,771 Oregonians who died during World War II service. The memorial itself is a 33-foot tall granite pillar, with the height reflecting Oregon being the 33rd state. The Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation helped raise the $1.2 million for the project. Lou Jaffe, president of the foundation, was among those who spoke. “Our goal from day one has been for this memorial to forever be a reminder of the Oregonians who served both at home and abroad during the war,” Jaffe said. “This memorial will not only honor that war’s veterans, but educate young people so they’ll always honor and remember those who fought and died in the war during what was probably our...

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Students, WNBA official address grads

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School Class of 2014 was sent off into the world surrounded by teachers and family Friday, June 6. Students Evan Rummerfield and Melanie Brower addressed the graduates, who numbered more than 400, alongside Reneé Brown, chief of basketball operation and player relations for the Women’s National Basketball Association. “Living life with more smiles and laughter does not hurt,” said Rummerfield. “A simple smile can change the world.” Rummerfield urged his classmates to find their passion and ask themselves if their passion makes the world a better place. “Do not settle for less than your standards,” he said. “We will thrive and we will make a difference.” Brower encouraged students to reflect on all the faces that helped them through the last four years and show appreciation for the time and effort teachers and relatives spent with them. “We wouldn’t have made it through these four years without all the faces in this room,” Brower said. There was only one fear graduates should entertain, she added, “Be afraid of standing still. Take chances whenever you can,” Brown imparted the lessons she’d learned in her years as a coach and representative of the WNBA, boiling it down to three: dream big, fears and limitations are an illusion and be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. “Nothing is impossible, and whatever you...

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