Day: February 25, 2015

Clem not prepared for the President’s Award

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Having recently stepped down from public office, Dan Clem figured there was no reason to dress up for the Keizer First Citizen Awards Banquet on Jan. 31. Besides, the former Salem City Councilor didn’t anticipate winning anything so a sweater, jeans and tennis shoes seemed to be safe enough. But Audrey Butler, president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, had a different plan. Butler surprised Clem with the President’s Award. Butler called Clem, who serves as chair of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, the “iron link” between her and legislation impacting Keizer. “He’s the man who has elevated the chamber to a new level,” Butler said. Clem joined the chamber last June. “I am truly humbled to be welcomed into Keizer in such a wonderful fashion,” said Clem, who recognized wife Debbie for her support. “The public deserves our best and I hope to continue to give my best. I’m always reminded by Audrey’s caring heart and her sense of volunteerism. That’s the great thing about this community, you just volunteer so much. Audrey says it and it’s absolutely true. She lives it and the community lives it. “We vote once or twice a year, but when we volunteer we vote daily about the kind of community we want to live in,” he added. “I’m very proud to be part of Keizer, thank...

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Celts show their mettle against Titans, Grizzlies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 62-28 win over McMinnville High School Friday, Feb. 13, was a display of just how much the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team has grown in recent weeks. When the two teams met a little more than three weeks ago, the Grizzlies gave the Celts a run for their money that ended in a 47-30 final score. This time around, after the opening minutes, the Lady Celts clamped down defensively to create long runs leaving McMinnville in the dust. “It shows in the games that everyone has been playing at a higher level,” said Madi Hingston, a McNary junior. “We’ve been working hard on our game plans in practice and knowing who the shooters are and getting to them.” McNary’s Kaelie Flores kept McNary afloat, scoring a tying basket and the go-head one in the third minute of the game. A three-pointer by Madi Hingston, her first of four for the night, stretched the McNary lead to four and the Grizzles only threatened once more. Hingston has strung together several outstanding nights on offense in recent weeks. She said the change was a result of personal and collective efforts. “I realized that I needed to start being more aggressive, but it also has a lot to do with team and everyone pushing each other,” she said. Midway through the first...

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