Day: July 10, 2014

It’s about creating the memories

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In some ways, the new Avamere Court at Keizer Memory Court facility is a mirror image. The $7.8 million facility, located at 450 Claggett Court N behind St. Edward Catholic Church and looking at the back of McNary High School, is set to open this fall. The Keizertimes was given a tour of the facility on June 27 by Courtney Maksimowicz, the facility administrator. The facility is being built specifically for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association more than five million Americans currently live with dementia, a figure expected to increase 40 percent by 2025. The new Keizer facility features 48 private suites, each with their own private bathroom. “The building has two pods with 24 rooms each,” Maksimowicz said. “Each room has its own HVAC system. The building has four neighborhoods, each with its own theme. It gives patients a sense of home. The patients have a lot of sensory needs.” Maksimowicz said the four neighborhood themes are Beach, Cascades, Farm and Garden and World Traveler. “We really want this to feel like home,” she said. “We want to make it feel like home and to nurture memories.” The floor plan shows a building with two nearly identical looking pods. The layout is the same, including matching courtyards, rooms arranged in the same way...

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Missing Keizer man found deceased

The body of missing Keizer man Robert Allen Knupp, 54, was found Wednesday morning, July 9. The Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Keizer Police Department and Marion County District Attorney’s Office, are investigating the manner and cause of death of Knupp, whose body was found in a field near the community of Talbot in Marion County. On July 9 at approximately 9:17 a.m., a report was received that a deceased body was found in a field near Talbot. Personnel from MCSO and OSP responded to the scene and confirmed the report. Knupp was reported missing to OSP June 8 after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem. The Marion County Medical Examiner and OSP Forensic Services Division personnel also responded to the scene to assist with recovering the body. An autopsy is pending by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the manner and cause of...

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New McNary cheer coach sets out to rebuild program

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Stephanie Salzer’s plans as new head coach of the McNary High School cheerleading program include nothing less than redefining what Celtic Spirit means. “We’re rebuilding from the ground up,” said Salzer. “We’re reinstituting our summer camp, getting new uniforms and really trying to fix school spirit at McNary.” Salzer applied for the job at the urging of Ron Richards, Celtic athletic director, who wanted a coach in the building. Salzer fit the bill between her duties as a school counselor and involvement in spirit activities. “I wasn’t a cheerleader in high school, but I was part of the dance team and I have some coaching experience with a rugby team,” Salzer said. To handle the team choreography, Salzer enlisted the help of McNary alum Lexi Voigt, but gymnastic ability wasn’t the only thing she was looking for in the next spirit squad. “When we did tryouts, I wanted a diverse group. We have some girls who are great with technique, but we also have some girls who are great at being loud and believe in the school,” Salzer said. She ended up with a varsity team that will be 20 athletes strong, and a junior varsity team with another eight members. Salzer had the team working daily doubles beginning this week. “I want them to work as hard as everyone else in...

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