Day: July 3, 2015

Verboort’s mom gives thanks

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Kathy Verboort continues to be blown away by the love being shown to her son. Son Austin, 16, was critically injured in a two-vehicle accident May 22. Austin’s Jeep Wrangler crumpled after being hit on the driver’s side, leaving the McNary High School junior in a coma. Immediately family, friends, businesses and strangers pitched in to help in anyway possible. A one-day fundraiser at Dutch Bros. Coffee in Keizer on June 3 raised $20,900 while a gofundme.com account has raised nearly $24,000 from almost 300 people. Through it all, Austin has continued to improve. He was moved to Randall’s Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in early June. An update from June 25 noted Austin had risen to a level 6 (out of 8) on the Rancho coma scale and family members heard his voice on June 23 for the first time since the accident. On June 26, Kathy picked up a check from Dutch Bros. and thanked the employees for giving all proceeds from June 3 to the Verboort family. The family is friends with several employees there, plus employees from other locations came to help out that day. An emotional Kathy read the note she sent to the Oregon-based company. “On behalf of Austin Verboort and our family we thank all the employes who sacrificed an entire day of wages and tips,...

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Looking for heat relief?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking to beat the heat during this ongoing heat wave? Head over to Salem. Jeff Cowan, chief at Keizer Fire District, referred to a press release from the City of Salem when asked about what Keizerites can do to stay cooler in the hot weather. Forecasts call for highs to remain in the 90s through next week. Salem has several locations open to the public as cooling shelters until 9 p.m. including the public library, most malls and the Center 50+ at 2615 Portland Road NE. Other tips include keeping hydrated with a cup of water every 20 minutes, doing the hardest physical labor in the cooler parts of the day, wearing light-colored cotton fabric clothing, pulling blinds or shades to keep heat from coming in windows, staying indoors in an air-conditioned room if possible, making pets stay hydrated and checking on sick or elderly neighbors that may be susceptible to heat illness. Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley noted the limited options in Keizer. “People can come to the Splash Fountain,” Eppley said. “Or there are misters in the fire truck at the Big Toy. We don’t have cooling stations specifically designated.” The Splash Fountain is open Wednesdays through Sunday behind city hall from noon to 7 p.m. It will also be open on Mondays and Tuesdays through the summer when the forecasted...

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Gray and blue battle anew

It’s the silver anniversary of the Civil War. The Civil War reenactments, that is. This 4th of July weekend once again means the Northwest Civil War Council’s (NCWC) reenactment at Willamette Mission State Park, just north of Keizer. The holiday falls perfectly this year, as the three-day event starts Friday, July 3 and concludes on Sunday, July 5. Approximately 1,000 reenactors are expected to be on hand for the 25th anniversary event, demonstrating the living and fighting conditions from the early 1860s. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 55+ and for students, while children under the age of 6 are admitted for free. The admission prices are in addition to the $5 day-use park fee. Events begin at 9 a.m. each day and conclude at 6 p.m. Each day starts with battalion dress parades, with a Civil War-era church service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Each day features a cavalry drill at 10:30 a.m. Morning battles take place at 11 each morning, followed by an artillery demonstration at noon. Various demonstrations and educational talks take place after that, including a talk about flags of the Civil War on Friday and Saturday. One of the annual highlights takes place Saturday at 1 p.m. as Abraham Lincoln, once again portrayed by Stephen Holgate, gives a presidential press conference. Holgate has been referred to as the top Lincoln impersonator in...

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Cooling stations for Keizer

This summer promises to be a hot season here in the Willamette Valley. We’ve already seen a hotter June than normal and we expect to see high temperatures in the coming months. How are those residents without benefit of air conditioning to fare during 85, 90, 95 or 100 degree days? People who have option of hunkering down in their cooled houses or driving off to the beach or other water playgrounds will do fine. Keizerites who live in houses and apartments without air conditioning will do the best they can. Those who can get to the Keizer Splash Fountain at the civic center can find heat relief there. The city leaders must link up with local churches and Keizer Fire and Marion County Fire Districts to devise a system of cooling stations for summer days that are hotter than normal. The city has a large conference center, the fire district’s fire stations in Keizer also have large spaces. They can be opened to those seeking relief from the heat. It is not enough to just have a cool space.There would be need for water and perhaps cots for the young and elderly to rest on. Bottled water and cots can be donated by local churches in a mission of community service. Large cities, including Portland, Seattle and many in the Sunbelt, have a history of providing cooling stations...

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Eight hands, two shovels, one pool

By LYNDON ZAITZ When the Zaitz family moved from Keizer to the Los Angeles area in early 1973 it moved into a house in Redondo Beach; it had partial views of downtown LA and if you craned your neck just right you could see the ocean. It sat on a corner in a nice, quiet neighborhood. When dad told the family that the house he and mom bought had a pool, there was cheering around the dining room table. The four of us kids who would make the move had our fingers crossed for weeks hoping we’d hear this exact news. We were moving to sunny California. And we’d have our own pool. Things couldn’t get any better. And then the other shoe dropped. With a chuckle dad said the pool was filled. With dirt. Apparently the previous owner enjoyed gardening more than swimming. The late January morning our family first drove up to our new house all us kids ran to the postage stamp-sized backyard to see our pool. Who could care about our new rooms when there was a pool just steps from the back door? Dad said from the beginning that if we kids would shovel out all the dirt out of the pool he would have it resurfaced and made operable. He said we could be swimming by June. Our first task was to rip...

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