Day: November 19, 2014

Council casts eyes to more public art

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Public art could be spreading in Keizer. Earlier this year the first public mural in the city was done at Keizer Florist on Chemawa Road. Art could be coming to River Road next. Keizer City Councilors unanimously approved an ordinance last week providing for public art and murals. Two locations along River Road – Abby’s Pizza at 3451 River Road North and Copper Creek Mercantile at 4415 River Road North – have been identified by the Keizer Arts Commission as locations for new statues. “The Public Art Ordinance and the Keizer Arts Commission has been dealing with murals and Keizer Civic Center art,” city attorney Shannon Johnson said. “The issue came up about the statue program. There was some sentiment to make everything all together.” Johnson noted there is already a pad for a statue at Abby’s. Mayor Lore Christopher said the exact spot at Copper Creek could be determined by city staff. “Shannon felt that when we did the Keizer Arts Commission, we would leave the final decision to ya’ll,” said Christopher, who is chair of the commission that started a few months ago. “It was the intent for it to be a separate art body. This could be expanded to utility box art done by students.” Jim Taylor noted some concerns with the process. “If the city okayed that, we’re letting...

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Whiteaker students need help filling bus with food

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle School students will be attempting to stuff a Salem-Keizer school bus full of donated food Saturday, Nov. 22. The Wolverines tried the same stunt last year, but this year’s eighth graders are even more driven. “I’ve started talking with people around my neighborhood and they’ve tried to say they are busy, but it’s happening all day. So … no excuses,” said Olivia Purkey. The Stuff the Bus event, which is accompanied by a school-wide food drive throughout November, is a project of Whiteaker’s leadership students. In addition to filling the bus, students are collecting non-perishable food items during their first period classes. The class with the largest donation will win a pizza party, but it will have to overcome the good intentions of the leadership students. “What we’re hoping is to get the winning class to donate the pizza party money to the food drive itself,” said Treasure Thomas. The overall goal is to provide 200 local families with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday. “It helped a lot of people last year, and it warmed my heart because my family struggles with finances and it means a lot to know that our school is helping other families who struggle,” said Kiersten Landry. The bus will be parked in front of Albertson’s on River Road...

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