Day: November 25, 2014

Taking a surface look at Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Now the location is known for the Big Toy. The website is up and running at keizerbigtoy.org. Among the details still to be determined: what the Big Toy will be placed on. Members of the Keizer City Council approved a new location for the community build play structure at Keizer Rapids Park earlier this month. The structure is scheduled to be built over a five-day span from June 10 to 14, 2015. Before then, one of the details yet to be finalized is what type of ground covering to use. Budget figures have ranged from $16,000 using wood chips to $167,000 using spongy rubber material. The current budget lists $105,000 for rubber chips. Clint Holland has talked about getting a rubber surface from RB Rubber Products in McMinnville, but noted at a recent fundraising committee meeting the company sold its division that does the work. “We were trying to get rubber that looks like bark chips,” Holland said. “If we want to do this, we need to really look at it. The rubber surface is more than the rubber chips. The $105,000 in the budget is for rubber chips.” Marion County Commission Janet Carlson, chair of the fundraising committee, feels a more final cost figure needs to be secured. “We need a better number for this as soon as we can,” she said....

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2014 season took toll on gridders’ bodies, spirits

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At the beginning of the football season, the McNary High School varsity football team was expected to be a major player in the new Greater Valley Conference. However, a key early loss and then an ever-growing number of injuries began taking its toll on the team, and the hits, it seemed, kept coming with each successive game. While the Celts finished in fourth place with a 5-3 GVC record, and 5-5 overall record, the season took a toll physically and on the team spirits. “The injuries this year were very concerning to me, it took a toll on my personal spirits this season as I felt bad for our kids who got hurt,” said Isaac Parker, McNary head coach. After starting the season with a win over North Salem, the Celts took a loss to Westveiw High School in early September. The team’s hurry-up offense simply proved too much for the Celtic defense. It left the team with a split 1-1 record heading into a game with West Albany High School the next week. McNary gave up a 20-0 lead in a game that saw the Bulldogs win 28-27 in overtime. “We lost to West Albany and we probably shouldn’t have. It doesn’t look like as bad of a loss now given how well that team has played this year, but in that...

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