Day: December 3, 2014

New Celtic swim coach a Valley League champ

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Earlier this month, and for the first time in decades, McNary High School swimmers hit the water under the guidance of a new head coach. Casey Lewin, a graduate of Sprague High School and swimming coach at Courthouse Fitness in south Salem, has been tapped to take the reins from longtime Celtic skipper Kim Phillips. While Phillips won’t be around for practices and all the dual meets, she’s still an active part of the local high school swimming community, something Lewin is grateful for in more ways than one. “Kim is an assistant coach with Mid-Valley Aquatics (a Salem-Albany club swimming organization) now, and we just had a big meeting with their representatives and the high school coaches. As a result, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of the local talent sticking with the high school programs instead of disappearing into the ranks of club swimming,” Lewin said. Lewin dealt with similar attrition in the Courthouse programs until he started a USA Club swim team earlier this year. He also saw it happen as an assistant coach at North Salem High School. In addition to a new coach, the Celtic swimmers will also have to worry less about funding as the sport has been added back into the Salem-Keizer School District budgets. It comes as the league is expanding...

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Christmas concert at city hall Dec. 17

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are plenty of events around the Keizer area to get one into the Christmas spirit. Tops on that list would be the annual Christmas tree lighting next Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Walery Plaza as well as the Dec. 13 Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. Looking for an event that’s inside, in case the weather outside turns frightful? In that case, come to the Keizer Civic Center at 930 Chemawa Road NE on Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Keizer Community Band’s Christmas Concert. Michael Koenig, KCB director since 2003, appeared at the Nov. 17 Keizer City Council meeting to request a waiver of rental fees for a room at city hall for the free concert. Councilor Marlene Quinn made a motion to waive all fees except for a refundable deposit of $380. “This is a free concert,” Quinn said. “Unlike some other functions, they are not charging a fee and there’s no food or alcohol.” Councilors unanimously approved the motion. Mayor Lore Christopher turned to Koenig following the approval. “Let’s have a Christmas concert, Mr. Koenig,” Christopher said. The band is made up of about 50 community members and a crowd of 50 people is expected for the event, which will be held in the Iris B room. Since being formed in 1998 by Roy Shelton at the...

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