Day: September 18, 2015

ServeFest returns Sunday

If you come to Lakepoint Community Church at the Keizer Civic Center this Sunday, don’t expect a normal church service. More than 200 Lakepoint volunteers will be putting on the seventh annual ServeFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing a number of free services for citizens. ServeFest encourages Lakepoint regular attenders to be the church, which they do by serving critical needs within their immediate community. All are welcome to join Lakepoint members in volunteering. Lakepoint will provide 3,200 lunches, family photos, haircuts, manicures, wellness clinic, including vaccinations (must bring medical identification card), bicycle repair, a children’s activity center and many other free services for the community. Lakepoint will be giving away free school supplies, personal care items, clothing for people of all ages and surprise raffle items. ServeFest wasn’t originally at city hall, but was moved there after outgrowing the original location. “Our first year of ServeFest was 2009 at McNary High School,” said Rachel Taylor, the event coordinator. “We were thinking maybe 500 people would show us and 1,500 did. It was confirmation for us to keep going.” Keizer Civic Center is located at 930 Chemawa Road North. For more information, contact Taylor at the church at 503-428-3141 or...

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Hearings officer denies 32-lot development

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Plans for a new 32-lot subdivision in West Keizer were denied recently, but the decision is being appealed. Keizer Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas heard the request July 16 to turn 5.73 acres of land on Burbank Street into Bowden Meadows, with lots ranging in size from 5,000 to 10,856 square feet. In a report dated Aug. 6 and obtained by the Keizertimes last week, Domas denied the request. The applicant is appealing the decision, which will be the subject of a public hearing at the Keizer City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 21. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE. The project applicant is Mark Farrow on behalf of Trademark Enterprises LLC for property owned by Robert Bowden and Doug Harner on behalf of JDC Homes LLC. Several neighbors back in July spoke against the plans for the subdivision, which had been approved in early 2008 for comprehensive plan zone changes and lot line adjustments, though the lots in the current plan with the new applicant are slightly different. More importantly, city engineer Bill Peterson spoke against the plans, in particular related to sight distance. “When you skew the distance like that, there is a horizontal alignment,” Peterson said. “It doesn’t meet the city standard. If it did, that would improve things quite...

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Celts host Bulldogs in home debut

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The first varsity football contest on McNary High School’s new turf field will feature two teams hungry for different things. The Celtics square off with the West Albany High School Bulldogs Friday, Sept. 18 at McNary. The Bulldogs are still on the hunt for their first win of the season while McNary is looking to exorcise the ghosts of the teams’ last encounter. “Some of these same kids were players on that team and it should sit in their gut a little bit. West Albany isn’t off to a good start and they are going to be hungry for a taste,” said Jeff Auvinen, head coach of the Celtics. When the Celts and Bulldogs met in 2014, McNary led 20-0 going into halftime. West Albany erased that lead in the second half and forced an overtime that ended in a 28-27 McNary loss. “We know they’re going to be a running team and we want to go out there and make our mark. It’s a big game for us to prove to the whole Greater Valley Conference what we’re all about,” said Celtic quarterback Trent Van Cleave. “We have to make the plays and not shy away from opportunities.” As Auvinen said, the Bulldogs are off to a slow start with losses to Sprague (27-14) and North Salem (14-2) high schools. The...

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Parks Tour stresses need for cash

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A lot of things grow in Keizer parks, but money isn’t one of them. Hence the repeated requests for more funds during the annual Keizer Parks Tour. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board took Keizer City Councilors on a tour of a few city parks Monday evening. The four parks on this year’s tour were Keizer Rapids Park (which has been a regular part of the annual tour), Northview Terrace, Bob Newton and Meadows. The tour started in the amphitheater area of KRP, which was an opportunity for Parks Board member Clint Holland to show off work recently done by Jerry Nuttbrock and other volunteers. It also allowed the vacant Charge house to be in the backdrop, fitting since possible plans for that building were the first main item of discussion. Holland, Nuttbrock, mayor Cathy Clark, Keizertimes publisher Lyndon Zaitz and Parks Board member Richard Walsh are among those in a group discussing what could happen with the Charge house in the future. “It’s a loose group envisioning what could happen in the future with the Charge house in relation to the amphitheater,” Zaitz said. “It should be at least a green room, maybe a small classroom space. There are a lot of interesting ideas. The question is, how do we pay for it? Talks are in the beginning stages....

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