Month: February 2015

Can you spare a mural?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Town and Country Lanes already has the coolest looking sidewalk in town. So hey, why not have a large mural painted on the long north wall? That’s what is expected to happen this summer, as longtime owner Don Lebold gave his blessings to a plan proposed by former mayor Lore Christopher and Jill Hagen on Feb. 20. If the idea sounds a little crazy, well, Lebold said that’s only fitting because he’s been crazy enough to own a bowling alley for 48 years. Lebold couldn’t believe the fortuitous timing, since Christopher’s proposal came shortly after he’d talked with manager Mardi Smith about such a thing. “I was thinking two weeks ago we need some kids to do a public mural,” Lebold said, motioning to the north wall of his business, located at 3500 River Road North. “I mentioned it to Mardi. I said we need to have some high school kids paint a mural on the north wall.” Just like that, Christopher proposed exactly such an idea, which would be Keizer’s second public mural following the one dedicated last October at Keizer Florist. “I’m telling you, God is on our side,” Christopher exclaimed. “McNary High School kids will do the background. Everyone will have a chance to do it. We’ll have handprints, for something like $5 per hand. Then we’ll use that money...

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Cake icon goes with ganache

Oregon’s chocolate cake expert Gerry Frank kept a poker face as he tasted and scored the 15 entries in the Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community’s Taste of Home Chocolate Cake Contest Feb. 11. Frank, who judges the state fairground chocolate cake contest each year, was invited by Willamette Lutheran’s marketing director Kay Hayes to judge their contest. Aside from being a judge of cakes he owns Konditorei, Salem’s premier cake cafe. The contest was open to residents as well as the public. The display table was laden with 15 cakes of various sizes,  heights and color (one used white chocolate frosting to approximate an igloo). Frank started with the first entry and made his way down the table, carefully tasting each entry. In between bites he recalled stories of past state fair cake judging and giving tips about making a good cake. “It should be fresh and moist. Start with the best ingredients,” he said. The cake he deemed the winner was baked by Joanne Dibble of Salem whose cake featured ganache and large strawberries. She won a trophy and a gift certificate. After the contest all the cakes (with a tiny slice missing) were moved into Willamette Lutheran’s lobby for residents and visitors to...

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Councilors set short-term, long-term goals in session

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Councilors can see where they are going. Councilors spent their work session on Feb. 9 fine tuning goals they hope to accomplish in the next two years, as well as long-term goals. The work session built upon goals talked about in a similar meeting back in December. The goals are expected to be formally adopted during one of the regular council meetings in March, most likely the March 2 meeting. One of the main new short-term goals is Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion, which was previously listed as a long-term goal. “Is there a consensus to move that to short-term?” Mayor Cathy Clark asked councilors. City Manager Chris Eppley noted progress being made towards that. “It’s almost impossible for that goal not to occur,” Eppley said. “There is additional work to accomplish before that, like we have to do transportation planning outside the UGB area in the area the UGB will likely be added. We are applying for grants to do that. It’s expensive work. The state keeps promising us grants to do it, but we keep missing it by one of two. We’ve applied three or four times now. We’re hoping fifth time is the charm.” In regards to a timing question from councilor Brandon Smith, Eppley said UGB is an expansion. “We’re ready to start on it,” Eppley said....

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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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