Day: August 25, 2014

Count your many blessings

By MATT CHAPPELL When I read last week’s article in the Keizertimes about depression, it made me pause and think about the things that are really important in life. Whatever the cause of depression, we must always remember that where there is breath, there is hope. I myself am familiar with hardships, in fact it’s easy at some point in our lives to look back over life and struggle to see any good  through the many disappointments that come our way. This is quite common as you get older, life is short and full of trouble. It is very common to tell everyone that things are going well, and struggle to keep up appearances in a  world with little sympathy. This life is a workshop, and God works in ways that we do not understand. We live in a world where you’re not supposed to be happy, because if your happy, someone else is suffering. At the same time, everything is supposed to be positive, and the current expression for this is “It’s all good.” I don’t know what kind of world people think they are living in, but in my world this is often—but not all always—called denial. This simply means that someone has lost touch with reality, and react against any negativity that would cause their problems to surface. So it is with our society in general....

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New leader of the pack

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Julia Dewitt is taking over the principal’s office at Whiteaker Middle School at an exciting time. By the end of the 2013-14 school year, Wolverine students had, almost universally, made exceptional gains in state testing assessments, but the official results won’t be released until October. “The faculty and staff made significant gains with the various subgroups of our population and it’s a great time to build on the growth they achieved last year,” said Dewitt. Dewitt replaces Laura Perez, who was reassigned to Straub Middle School in June. While Whiteaker students and families will be discovering a new face in the hallway, Dewitt is no stranger to Keizer. She taught at Claggett Creek Middle School for five years before becoming an instructional coach there. Her most recent assignment was as an assistant principal at Houck Middle School. “Keizer has such an open community that the transition has been really smooth,” Dewitt said. “I’ve had parents stop by during office hours, in addition to the staff. One already has me going to a Rotary meeting as a guest. It will be a priority for me to be part of the community in my first year and not just in it.” One of the more formidable challenges she’ll face in the first year is preparing teachers and students for Smarter Balanced Assessments for all...

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“The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter

“The Norm Chronicles” by Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter c.2014, Basic Books $16.99 / $19.99 Canada 358 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You hadn’t seen your old classmate in years. He was never at reunions or any events. He never called you, either, and truth be known, you kind of forgot about him – until his name came up on Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon, you spotted his face in the background of a stranger’s online photo. Total coincidence? What are the odds?  Michael Blastland and David Spiegelhalter say they’re actually pretty good, and in “The Norm Chronicles,” they explain. Congratulations, your lottery numbers all came up. You missed being in an accident. You were in the right place at the right time, but you didn’t “defy the odds.” That, say the authors, is impossible. “Odds,” they explain, “simply describe how many people are expected to be on each side of a possibility.”  Something good happened in the above situations; you were on the positive side, which is “meeting the odds.” And chance, of course, “always plays a part” in everything we do. From the moment we’re born, we risk: infants have the “same level of annual hazard” as do middle-age adults. Get to age 10, though, and you’re good to go for awhile, since that’s the approximate age of our lives, roughly speaking, when we’re safest and...

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Volcanoes snap slide with 7-3 win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 7-3 win over Boise ended the series and the losing streak for the Volcanoes on Monday. After trailing 3-2 in the middle of the fifth inning, Salem-Keizer went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth and kept the lead. The crowd of 2,255 at Volcanoes Stadium saw the home team hit two home runs, one by Dylan Davis and one by Skyler Ewing. Kevin Brown hit one for the Hawks. After the Whitaker Middle School brass quintet played the national anthem, two scoreless innings were played before the visitors scored three times in the third. Bryant Flete led off with a double to center field, starting pitcher Jose Reyes retired the next two batters, and Charcer Burks singled to left, scoring Flete. Brown then hit the ball over the right field fence. The score stayed 3-0 until the Volcanoes came to bat in the fourth. On a 3-2 count, Oregon State product Dylan Davis led off with his homer, over the right center field wall. Hunter Cole hit an infield single, Travious Relaford bunted for a hit and Cole was picked off second base with a throw from catcher Mark Malave to shortstop Flete. Brett Kay walked, and with Austin Slater at bat, a wild pitch by starting pitcher Trevor Clifton moved Relaford to third. Slater grounded out but batted in...

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Kaiser Permanente targets mid-December opening

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s been hard to miss the construction of Kaiser Permanente’s new medical facility. The 10,000 square foot building in Keizer Station is highly visible to anyone around the shopping area. Now, we know when the use of the building should be available to anyone. “It should be opening on December 15 of this year,” Jefferson Mildenberger, Mid-Valley Service Area director, told the Keizertimes last week. “There will be building occupancy before that. The building should be complete about midway through November.” The projected opening date means new clinics for Keizer at both ends of 2014, as the Silverton Health Keizer Health Center opened on Inland Shores Way back in February. While the Silverton Health clinic is 10,000 square feet, originally the Kaiser Permanente clinic was going to be much bigger. “We were going to do 20,000 square feet on two stories originally,” Mildenberger said. “It’s a little smaller than we originally planned for. There was some debate. The other 10,000 (square feet) was going to be room for future growth.” Mildenberger said the new building will be Kaiser Permanente’s first in the Salem area to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified green. Kaiser Permanente currently has three medical offices in Salem, in addition to two dental offices and Salem Hospital. “We’re mostly excited about bringing health care closer to home...

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