Day: February 24, 2015

Egli continues tradition as Keizer’s Merchant of Year

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It only looked like Joe Egli was practicing scenes from “Rocky.” In reality, Egli was just a tad nervous while delivering a short speech Jan. 31 after being named 2014 Merchant of the Year at the Keizer First Citizen and Awards Banquet. Shortly after his name was called by 2013 award recipient Rob Miller, a surprised Egli was on stage, trying to make it through his speech when he remembered some advice from wife Shelly and started raising his arms in the air. “My wife taught me to do this if I’m nervous,” Egli explained as laughter filled the room at Keizer Quality Suites. Egli then looked towards his wife at the back of the room. “Did you know about this?” he asked, regarding the award. “No? OK, good.” At that point, Miller joked that wasn’t the case. “Are you lying to me?” Egli called out to Shelly. “You’re not getting any tonight. That just slipped out, I’m sorry.” Egli, an agent at R. Bauer Insurance, recently stepped down after four years on the Keizer City Council. He is currently chair of the Iris Festival and has helped out with various Keizer Rotary and chamber projects. In 2013, he redid the letters at Newton-McGee Plaza. Before naming the winner of this year’s award, Miller gave a few clues to the identity. “He’s a...

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Lessons in Celt video production courses carry students far beyond the classroom

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Despite taking video production classes for all her four years at McNary High School, Liv Pond isn’t planning to study film in college. That doesn’t mean what she’s gleaned from her time in teacher Jason Heimerdinger’s studio room will be going to waste. “I want to travel the world and teach. These classes taught me how to learn, because there’s always one more new thing, and they’ve taught me how to teach others and work with people,” said Pond. Because of her time in video production classes she’s performed almost every task there is to do, including helping produce video announcements and the Celtics’ new news segments dubbed CNN (Celtic News Network). “There’s not one part I like the most, I like it all. But one of the things you can do here is take all this knowledge and apply it to everything,” she said. Senior Nick Wolfert is no stranger to the camera. He’s directed his own short films in his spare time, but his duties as a line producer for CNN are quite a bit different. McNary’s annual Knight of Arts is slated Saturday, March 7. The event features student work and a play alongside silent and oral auctions. Proceeds cover costs not covered in school budgets and scholarships for arts students. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the...

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