Month: June 2014

Volcanoes in third after see-saw week

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes June 18: Volcanoes 8, Hillsboro 6 Salem-Keizer overcame a 5-2 Hillsboro lead to spoil the Hops’ home opener and even its record at 3-3. Trailing by three runs after four innings, the Volcanoes scored three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. After a rough pitching start by Drew Leenhouts, Cameron McVey struck out seven in 3-2/3 innings, and Eury Sanchez pitched two innings to get his second win. Ian Gardeck had his first save. John Pedrotty was the losing pitcher in relief. The Volcanoes got their fifth-inning runs on two singles, a double, a stolen base and an error. Travious Relaford and Geno Escalante drove in two hits each for the Volcanoes, and Leo Rojas and Shilo McCall had two hits apiece. June 19: Hillsboro 4, Volcanoes 3 This was close all the way, with Hillsboro starter Ryan Doran striking out seven in his 5-2/3 innings and getting the win. Salem-Keizer never led except for scoring the first run of the game before the Hops batted. Tyler Hollick doubled and scored on a single by Relaford. Volcanoes starter Jose Reyes was the losing pitcher, with Kirk Singer and Armando Paniagua pitching scoreless innings in relief. June 20: Hillsboro 2, Volcanoes 1 The Hops’ Elvin Soto singled Justin Gonzalez home in the bottom of the ninth inning...

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Last lap for Keizer pool

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Like the Ford Mustang, the Palma Ciea Swim Club in Keizer has turned 50 years old this year. But whereas the Mustang is having an extended anniversary celebration, that’s not the case with the Keizer pool. The Palma Ciea Swim Club is closed and is currently for sale. Beth Thorndike, president of the pool at 900 Chemawa Road North, took over the pool three years ago but put it on the market last month. “The pool does not support itself financially,” Thorndike said. “There are not enough members and we didn’t get enough the last two years. It was being run poorly when I stepped in. They were losing money. The finances of the pool aren’t good and we weren’t able to generate the business.” Thorndike said anyone could take swimming lessons at the pool, with members getting discounts. “It was significantly less expensive than the Courthouse (Athletic Club in Salem),” she said. “Our instructors were every bit as good. Swim lessons paid for themselves. We made money on swim lessons last year. We also had a swim team, which has always paid for itself.” The problem, according to Thorndike, was not enough financial support outside of those two entities. “There was a core of about 20 to 25 people who stayed with the pool,” she said. “The year I came on (2011),...

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At long last, finish Chemawa

It is time for the city of Keizer to get tough with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the completiton of the Chemawa Road project that is, yet again, on hold due to utilities. The discovery of unknown utility infrastructure is the cause of the lastest work stoppage. The neighbors and users of Chemawa Road deserve better. ODOT, in charge of the $3.5 million project, had to stop work earlier this year after unknown utilities were discovered. The project can not proceed until those are relocated. Until that happens Chemawa Road proves to be an obstacle course for pedestrians and bicyclists and an eyesore for the homeowners affected by the deep trenches and gravel driveway entrances. It is hard to fathom how a state agency and its contractors can be stymied by utility wires and pipes. The private sector is implored to call 8-1-1 before their dig on their property. A call to that number lets a property owner know where existing utility wires and pipes are located so they are not disturbed or damaged if they want to dig. How could the contractors not follow this simple task? The city is at the mercy of the contractor and the companies that need to relocate their hardware. The  city’s public works department should not accept this state of affairs and demand that ODOT to complete the project, which...

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What’s your kid doing this summer?

It’s a summer lament that’s been heard for decades from kids: “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”  If those are words heard in Keizer households, there are activities for our young ones to do this season. Parents want to be sure their children are safe and active during the times when they are not in school or with the family. Costs and assessibility can certainly determine what a kid can do in the summer months. Fortunately there are a number of free activities available. It doesn’t cost anything for kids to head to Chalmers Jones Park at the Keizer Civic Center to play in the splash fountain on days when it hits 75 degrees. There is no organized supervision at the fountain so parents need to be sure their kids are accompanied by a responsible guardian. For kids who enjoy wheeled fun, the Carlson Skate Park, also at Chalmers Jones Park, is a good place to try bike and skateboard manuevers. Biking is also a big draw at Keizer Rapids Park where cyclists can hit the trails and the BMX trails. For the little ones (age 3 to 7), the Keizer Community Library is offering Story Time each Thursday morning through Aug. 14.  The library is a good boredom-buster as well for the older kids. The Boys and Girls Club again will host Wild Wild Rec in July and...

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