Day: March 4, 2015

Volcanoes’ new coach preps for old team’s leading role

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes “I learned about a lot of things.” So said Kyle Haines, new manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, when asked about his preparations for his new job. Haines, 32, played shortstop for the Volcanoes in 2004 and had his first managing job last year in the Frontier League, an independent league. His club, the Frontier Grays, was based in Highland, Illinois, a St. Louis suburb about 100 miles west of his home in Louisville, Illinois. The Grays did not have a winning record and had to play all their games on the road, because there was no stadium in Highland. However, Haines and the San Francisco Giants organization thought what he learned was good preparation for managing the Volcanoes. Haines played high school baseball in Louisville and played for Eastern Illinois University before being drafted by the Giants in 2004. After several years in the Giants organization, he became a free agent and played briefly in the Cleveland Indians organization before finding his first managerial opportunity. He expects to have the same coaches the Volcanoes had last year, Ricky Ward for batting and Matt Yourkin for pitching. As usual, the player roster will not be known until a few days before opening day, which will be at home June 17 against a college all-star team. A four-day home series against the Vancouver Canadians will...

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WKNA annual report presented

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was a busy 2014 for the West Keizer Neighborhood Association. WKNA president Rhonda Rich gave an annual report to the Keizer City Council on Feb. 17 and touched on some highlights from her eight-page report. “We supported Urban Growth Boundary expansion and new land at Keizer Rapids Park, the master plan updates for Keizer Rapids Park and sent a letter of support for the Big Toy project to Marion County and to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department,” Rich said. “We provided a voice for the tow truck parking issue, safety concerns at Keizer Rapids Park, the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater series promotion, we represented the Keizer Fire District advisory group with three people and we were represented on the Big Toy task force.” Rich noted WKNA members also organized a tour of KRP for members of the Audubon Society, participated in a community BBQ potluck and had open dialogue with members of the Keizer Police Department at meetings. WKNA has been active since 2006 and serves approximately 3,200 households. General information on the organization and minutes from past meetings can be found at www.westkeizerna.org. “We try to have items of interest at each meeting,” Rich said. “We work with city staff, commissions, groups and River Road businesses. Meetings are aimed at encouraging connections.” Rich recognized the service of Gary Blake, who served...

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