Day: July 10, 2015

Volcanoes beat Dust Devils 9-3

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Volcanoes fans celebrated both the Fourth of July and a series-opening 9-3 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils on Saturday. A crowd of 4,303 saw Logan Webb get his second victory of the season and watched a six-run Salem-Keizer fourth inning. Independence Day ceremonies involving the military preceded the game, and a big fireworks display followed it. The Volcanoes led all the way except for a 1-1 score in the top of the fourth inning and started the scoring in the first. Ronnie Jebavy doubled to left field, reached third base on a wild pitch by Tri-City starter Alex Constanza and scored as Steven Duggar grounded out. Salem-Keizer threatened in the second inning, but Trey Wingenter relieved Constanza with two out and retired the side. In the Dust Devil fourth, Jose Carlos Urena doubled to center, went to third on a ground out by Ty France and scored on a wild pitch by Webb. The Volcano fourth wrote the story of the game. Jose Vizcaino Jr. hit an infield single and was forced out as CJ Hinojosa reached first on a grounder. Hinojosa stole second, and Mark Nelson walked. A walk to John Riley loaded the bases. Brad Moss grounded a single over second base, scoring Hinojosa. Jebavy struck out. Then the Volcanoes showed that they could get tough with two out. Junior...

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Fire and brimstone sign ignites furor

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A reader board message at Town & Country Lanes has garnered the business a lot of attention, but most of it is proving costly. On Thursday, July 2, T&C owner Don Lebold posted a message on the bowling alley’s sign along River Road North reading: “Judges making decisions contrary to the word of God will they themselves be judged.” The sign alludes to a recent U.S. Supreme Court Ruling legalizing gay marriage. Since the sign was put up it went viral online and was on the dailykos blog, the website for the Hillary Clinton campaign and trended on Facebook. T&C Manager Mardi Smith said the decision to put up the sign rested solely with Lebold and distanced herself and other employees from the message contents. Smith said phones at the establishment began ringing off the hook Wednesday even as Lebold himself was taking the sign down. “We learned today that we’ve lost three homeschool groups that bowl with us and we’ve been removed from Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines as advertisers. We will have to pay a fee to get back on those sites,” Smith said. Lebold said he was “in no way trying to offend anyone. I just feel that as a country we are walking away from Godly principles and we are going to have to pay for that...

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Civil War reenactor dies

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Northwest Civil War Council held its milestone 25th anniversary Civil War reenactment this past weekend at Willamette Mission State Park just north of Keizer. Unfortunately, a sad milestone was also marked. Scott Ingalls, event organizer, confirmed Tammy Stillwell, a reenactor from Washington who was riding her horse Maxx for the afternoon battle on July 4, became the first to die during an event put on by the group. “We’ve never even had a serious injury,” Ingalls said. Ingalls and others said Stillwell was preparing to head to the battle field when Maxx turned into the woods. Stillwell hit a branch and fell to the ground. She was taken to Salem Hospital, where she passed away from internal injuries the next day. Some of Stillwell’s fellow reenactors posted details and condolences on Facebook. “Her horse turned between two trees and she caught a branch that took her off the back of her beloved Maxx,” Alex Johnson wrote on Monday. “The initial report from the hospital was two broken ribs and a laceration on the liver. (On Sunday) they took her into surgery to get control of some internal bleeding. That great heart stopped and they were unable to resuscitate her. Our thoughts and prayers to her family.” The incident happened as the 3 p.m. battle was about to get going. The Civil War...

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Attracting business

Economic development in Keizer too often focuses on tourists and visitors. The large playground at Keizer Rapids Park is supposed to, in part, attract visitors to Keizer from throughout the region. Stuffing soccer and softball fields in that same park is supposed to appeal to tourneys that would bring people into our city, spending money at our local businesses. A discussion with some of the attendees of the recent week-long conference of a Marshall Island religious group showed that few of the 800-plus visitors spent time out in our community. They fed themselves at the civic center; they slept in some  hotels but most slept in the homes of local church members. One did not see many of the attendees in their bright-colored garb outside the civic center. Having a large crowd rent the civic center for a week was good for the conference center’s bottom line, but it didn’t put much of a dent in our local economy. The conference center hosts hundreds of people each week for meetings and social events; other meeting spaces also welcome people to their respective sites. The city’s businesses should be able to tap into this transient market. Keizer businesses have their own part to play to attract these visitors into their doors. But, businesses cannot invite visitors if they don’t know they are here. Of course businesses should want to know...

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