Day: January 16, 2015

Boys, girls dole out losses to McKay in pool

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Celtic girls and boys swimming teams picked up their second wins of the week over the McKay Royal Scots Thursday, Jan. 8. “We’re finally getting back in shape. Because of the early start with the three new teams, we’re just starting to get the hang of things,” said Marcos Goodman. The boys won their side of the meet 115-43, the girls won 131-27. Goodman won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:12.77 in the McKay meet. He was also part of the winning (1:47.49) 200 free relay team. Goodman is hoping to drop his time in the backstroke to around 1:02 by the time the district meet rolls around, but already shaved off six seconds since the season began. He said the team is seeing the dividends of becoming more of a family in and out of the pool. “I want the seniors to inspire the freshmen this year because our freshmen are fantastic. I’m really proud of where we’re going with the season. Our distance swimmers are amazing this year,” Goodman said. Other winners for the boys were: Tanner Hughes in the 200 individual medley in 2:29.69; Dean Parker in the 50 free in 26.71 and the 100 breast in 1:15.74; Isaiah Holt in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.15; Evan Alger in the 100 free in 1:00.37 and the...

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Hearing for Area C next Tuesday

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Station Area C is the subject of a public hearing again next week. A revised proposal for apartments and a retirement community facility will be discussed during the Jan. 20 Keizer City Council meeting. The meeting is a day later than usual due to Monday being Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 7 p.m. meeting takes place in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE. The area in question drew plenty of attention a few years back, when plans called for a large retail outlet – believed at the time to be Walmart – to build a 116,000 square foot store. A size limit of 80,000 square feet for retail space was subsequently put into place. Mountain West Investments and Bonaventure Senior Housing LLC have submitted the revised application for land owned by Oregon Territory Development and Jerold and Kathleen Egner. The portion impacted would be about 17 acres, or half of Area C. The proposal was originally planned to be brought to council last month, before veteran councilors Jim Taylor, Joe Egli and longtime mayor Lore Christopher left their seats. However, some updates were needed and thus the issue is coming up next week. Even with the delay, the staff report wasn’t finished until late Tuesday afternoon. The overall package sent to councilors is 567 pages, including a...

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What’cha got cooking, Cafe 159?

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The margherita pizza is divine, extra cheesy and with a crust that is hearty, but not overfilling. The Thai chicken slice is a tad overdone, but more flavorful for it. The main course was preceded by a salad of leafy greens, cranberries, almonds and feta cheese,  topped with just the right amount of vinagerette that brought out the best of the other ingredients. Fresh-made mint chocolate and strawberry ice cream that arrived for dessert at the perfect time, and with a smile. Both flavors are sumptuous, a delightful combination of cool and refreshing. If McNary High School’s young chefs prove consistent, Cafe 159 might very well become the hottest lunch ticket in Keizer. “It’s like getting spoiled in the middle of the day,” said teacher Marrla Wilkinson as she sat down in  the bistro section of Room 159 at McNary. Thursday, Jan. 8, was only the second sit-down service for the seven Lady Celts who run Cafe 159, but Wilkinson was one of the lucky ones making her second visit. “The first time was in November and it was a Thanksgiving meal with turkey, gravy and some sides,” said senior Makenzie Young-Jackson, one of the chefs and servers. Not so long ago, such service was something of a pipe dream. The McNary culinary offerings were much more minimal due to a lack...

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