Day: November 11, 2014

Town & Country to be honored with Crystal Apple

Don Lebold, owner of Town & Country Bowling Center, got a surprise visit from representatives of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation Thursday, Oct. 30. Krina Lee, executive director of SKEF, was there to inform Lebold that Town & Country would be honored with the fifth annual Crystal Apple Business Partnership Award. Lebold and his wife, Ann, will be honored at the Crystal Apple Awards Thursday, Nov. 13. In addition to providing one of the most productive college scholarship programs in the state and sponsoring McNary High School’s bowling teams, the couple created the annual Turnaround Achievement Awards. Turnaround awards honor students for making successful changes in their lives and approach to school. Since the program’s inception, more than 350 students have been recognized with Turnaround...

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Parks Board rewards Hidden Creek neighbors with grant

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s somewhat of a surprise Chicago music wasn’t suddenly playing. After all, members the Hidden Creek Neighborhood Association were being hailed as the inspiration. Or maybe it was a Saturday in the park? JT Hager and Frank Salerno came to last month’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting to give an update on Hidden Creek Park in their neighborhood. Several years ago, neighbors decided to pitch together and tackled problems with their park, getting a bit of help from city employees along the way. Hager and Salerno came to the Parks Board to ask about getting help under the matching grant program being administered for the first time this fiscal year. “We have been doing some working and cleaning up,” Hager said. “You set aside some money to mow. The comments from the neighborhood are thank you, thank you, thank you. We’ve been clearing out the area. People are very thankful. We’re seeing increased use of the walkway. I thought you should know some people appreciate what you do.” Hager noted there is a limit to what neighbors can do in terms of keeping up with maintenance at the park. “With a limited budget, it’s a challenge,” he said. Brandon Smith, current chair of the Parks Board, was glad to see Hager and Salerno. “You’re the reason we have this grant program,”...

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