City’s holiday lights require lots of volunteer coordination

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes When Keizer wakes on the Sunday before Thanksgiving it finds that the decoration elves have completed their handiwork—more than 100 Christmas decorations line River Road and other streets. Cities and towns across the country, no matter how big or small, have Christmas or holiday decorations. Keizer’s decorations date back many decades, hung each year by civic volunteers. The current inventory of Christmas decorations date to the mid-1980s, after Keizer was incorporated. Then-Chamber of Commerce President Velma Tepper was instrumental in their purchase of the first ones.  All seven of them. River Road looked quite different in 1986 than it does now; there were many fewer utility poles on which to attach decorations. In later years the city of Keizer purchased additional decorations, though they were cared for and stored by the Chamber. The Curry family, owners of Budget Rent-a-Space in south Keizer, donated the storage space. Residents of Keizer who date back to the 1960s will remember the Santa decorations that were hung from poles on River Road. Those plastic units were hung by the Keizer Fire District for years before time took its toll. Eventually all of those were discarded. Nowadays there are about 120 lighted Christmas decorations that are installed on utility poles along River Road, segments of Chemawa Road and Cherry Avenue. It takes a cadre of dedicated civic...

Read More