Day: July 4, 2014

Ems eke out 2-1 win over Salem-Keizer

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The last game in the first series between the Volcanoes and the Emeralds, a series Salem-Keizer had won the day before, went to Eugene, 2-1, on Saturday. Each club had four hits and no errors, and most of the way Salem-Keizer played better than host Eugene, at least where hitting the ball hard and striking out batters were concerned, but the game ended up with Volcano reliever Steven Neff walking in the winning run. The first run came on an inside-the-park home run in the third inning by Will Callaway, who had three of the Volcanoes’ four hits.  Starting pitcher Drew Leenhouts, who stayed on the mound for seven innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks, had a perfect game going through five. Examples of hitting the ball hard included a third-inning fly by Travious Relaford that was caught near the center field fence in the fourth inning. Relaford, who played second base because Ryan Jones had just been promoted to Augusta of the South Atlantic League, had the remaining Volcano hit, a single in the second that was followed by a double play. In the ninth, Craig Massoni also hit a deep fly to center. The Emeralds and the crowd in PK Park thought Eugene had its first hit in the fifth. With two out, Chase Jensen hit a grounder to third...

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Volcanoes honor vets with weekend games

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes “Thank, honor and salute” is the theme for a three-night event that will focus on veterans on Fourth of July weekend at Volcanoes Stadium. Volcanoes Stadium was selected in October 2013 by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Oregon site for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Ceremonies will precede the three games the Volcanoes will play the Hillsboro Hops, and the biggest ceremony will be Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Night on Friday. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and a very formal military ceremony at 6:06 p.m. will honor Bill Koho, a brother of former Mayor Dennis Koho of Keizer. Bill Koho, who joined the Marine Corps on a delayed enlistment in 1965, was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at age 19, less than a year after he finished high school. The Koho family, most of whom will be present, will be honored at home plate. Another formal military ceremony will honor Marine Capt. Ernie Brace, who was the longest-serving prisoner of war in Vietnam at 7 years and 10 months. He was a cellmate John McCain, now a U.S.  senator from Arizona. Also honored will be Army Maj. Larry Deivert, the most decorated National Guardsman in Oregon history, who went on 578 combat missions in Vietnam.  So will be 83 Vietnam veterans who received the Purple Heart. One...

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Fair deal: Bob’s Burger is being brought back

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So much for the trial run. Gina Dankenbring, owner of the Golden Grill Concessions company that temporarily operated The Dog House location at River Road and Dietz Avenue in Keizer early last year, recently announced an agreement to bring back Bob’s Burger Express to the Oregon State Fair in August. Dankenbring planned to use next week’s Marion County Fair as a trial run to make sure everything was up to snuff for next month’s bigger fair, especially because Bob’s Burger was such a cultural icon locally since the chain was started in Salem by Bob Corey in 1955. The chain, which initially sold hamburgers for 19 cents, had a number of locations in the area, including a Keizer store at 5130 River Road – where the Carl’s Jr. currently sits – from 1965 to 1999. The chain went out of business in 2001. Dankenbring has a history with Bob’s, dating back to 1991, the year after Corey sold the chain. “I was 14 when I started,” she recalled Monday. “I was too young to use the tomato slicer. It was right about the time of the sale. I was there until 1999. On my 18th birthday, I was named general manager at the one on Capitol (Street). I was a shift supervisor at 16. Later I was transferred to one in West Salem...

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Another delay on Chemawa

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In theory, work along Chemawa Road North should be in full gear as the renovation project nears completion. But theory and reality aren’t always the same, which is clearly evident in this case. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) project to renovate the busy thoroughfare from Keizer Rapids Park to River Road, at a cost of $3.5 million, was to be completed last year – and the year before that. Issues with utility relocations helped lead to the project’s completion being delayed until this year. In April project manager Shane Ottosen with ODOT expected work to be done by early to mid-July. At this point, it’s unclear if the project will even be back under way by mid-July. “Additional utilities were countered and a partial redesign was needed,” Ottosen said June 27. “The redesign was sent to the contractor a few days ago and we are waiting for his review and response. We certainly want him to get back in as soon as possible.” While it’s an ODOT project, Keizer Public Works director Bill Lawyer noted he is constantly getting questions about the status of the project. “I’m getting real, real tired of saying I don’t know,” Lawyer said last week. “I have no idea. I have a lot of people asking questions. I send everybody to ODOT. One thing I know for...

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Celebrate the Constitution

America celebrates its 238th birthday this Independence Day weekend. There will be fireworks, picnics, parades, concerts, speeches, flags and more across the country. Not many people will be thinking about the founding fathers as they grill hot dogs and eat potato salad. That’s a shame. We could use a healthy dose of what the fathers did in 1776—declared themselves independent and set about creating a new nation. It is peculiar that the anniversary of our Constitution doesn’t receive the same reverence and hoopla the country’s birthday does. From 1776 to 1787 America was a collection of 13 colonies acting as a nation but able to coin their own money and make their own treaties. It is the Constitution that forged a new nation complete with laws, three branches of government with checks and balances codified. America is a democratic republic—we freely elect people to represent us at the federal, state and local levels. Some of our national leaders have endeavored to transport our style of democracy to other parts of the globe. Americans have rights that the Constitution gave them. These rights have been modified over the decades by the courts but essentially we enjoy free speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms and others. Americans should remember that they have the freedom to vote in elections for candidates or ballot measures—some say that leaving some of...

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