Day: December 19, 2014

Celts edged by Timberwolves, Bulldogs can’t handle heat

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With a bit of luck, and even more focus moving forward, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team will remember its loss to Tualatin High School as the one that got away. The Celtics faced the Timberwolves on the road Tuesday, Dec. 9, and narrowly missed getting their third win. Tualatin edged McNary 60-54. “All of us would say we didn’t have a very good game. Our shooting was terrible and so was our finishing,” said senior Tregg Peterson. The Celts were outshot 17-7 in the first quarter and the trouble started after the tip-off. “We had a turnover on our first possession out of the gate and we were fighting back the whole time,” said sophomore Cade Goff. Goff led the team on the scoreboard with 13 points. The next three quarters saw the team gain ground on Tualatin with a 15-11 third quarter being the best of the night for McNary, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the gap. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot knowing they had a couple of guys who can shoot and we didn’t take care of them. One of their guys hit five three pointers in the first half,” said senior Devon Dunagan. Goff said the Timberwolves also hit a lot of free throws late in the game that helped them to...

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They KNOW they’re helping

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Jeff Thomas helped with the program for 20 years but has only seen the finale the past three years. Thomas is one of the dozens who help out each year with the Keizer Network of Women’s (KNOW) Giving Basket program. The program starts in June when school counselors in Keizer are notified and asked to think of students who could use some help during the holidays. Things really ramp up in the fall. By late October KNOW members are sorting through requests. Gift tags were created on Nov. 6, which went out to Giving Trees at five Keizer locations. After the gifts were picked up early last week, the real work began. Gifts were wrapped Dec. 11 and the final step was delivering the gifts to families last Saturday, Dec. 13. Thomas was at Keizer Courthouse Fitness for 20 years and thus had plenty of experience with the Giving Trees. “When I left there, I did a tree where I work now, at New York Life,” Thomas said. “The delivery part is my favorite. I couldn’t wrap this year because I had jury duty, but we did the food boxes Wednesday (Dec. 10) night.” Keizer City Councilor-elect Amy Ripp co-chaired KNOW this year with Kalynn White. Ripp’s son Zach was on hand to help wrap last Thursday – her other son Ryan couldn’t get...

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Parade winners

The weather held out nicely for the 24th annual Festival of Lights Holiday Parade down River Road in Keizer last Saturday, Dec. 13. Some, however, were upset when a number of parade entries pulled off early to take part in the After Glow Party at Skyline Ford, a new addition this year. Here are the winners from the parade: Grand Sweepstakes Award: May Trucking KBZY Founders Award: Catholic Community Services Salem Chamber of Commerce Award: Norlift Mayor’s Trophy Award: Town & Country Lanes Best Little Roadhouse: US Postal Service Holiday Spirit in Memory of Jan Cline Award: Keizer Public Works KYKN Award: Cherriots Best Auto Entry: Marion Co. Fire District Best Auto Illumination: Road Lords Judge’s Choice Award: First Slavic Baptist Church City Spirit Award: Marion Co. Search & Rescue / Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office Best Band: North Salem High School For parade videos, check out Keizertimes on YouTube. [fbphotos...

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Extend the joy to new year

Peace on earth and goodwill to men. It’s a sentiment found in many Christmas cards being exchanged around the world this month. The call for treating our fellow man with tolerance, respect and love fades too quickly when we enter a new year. Peace on earth begins with each of us. Individually we can bring about peace in far off places like the Middle East, Ukraine and other geopolitical hotspots, but we can certainly affect change where we live. Peace on earth begins with good will to men. By patiently accepting, and being tolerant of others, we increase the chances for better communication and empathy. Some are quick to temper when things don’t go their way: someone is driving too slowly, someone is taking too long at a chore—there are many petty annoyances of life that get the better of us. We can never know what another person is going through and what personal battles they are fighting  so we must give them the benefit of the doubt. Every person at some point is doing something that annoys another person. Keeping that in mind should make us empathetic to those we may be privately cursing for some slight transgression. We need to assure that the joy and promise of the holiday season-—regardless of one’s beliefs—lights the new year. It is a personal choice to be happy and content. To...

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