Day: September 25, 2015

Adopting with faith

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Avery and Paisley Drahn can’t wait to meet their baby brother. The 7- and 4-year-old sisters don’t know exactly when the newest addition to the family is coming, what he’ll look like or his name. But they are still excited. “We’re sharing bunk beds,” Avery proclaimed with a big smile. “I’m going to be on the top one. We’re going to play with him.” Paisley was likewise happy to hear the news. “I was really excited,” the younger and more shy sister said. Parents Matt and Breea Drahn are excited as well. Even though there are obstacles, they cling to their faith. “We’ve had friends who have adopted,” Breea said. “It was something we didn’t feel we were called to do. We thought it was a great thing, but we didn’t feel called in that particular area until a year ago. Matt and I wanted to have another child. I was sitting to read the Bible one day. God just broke me. I was emotional. I was almost grieved and upset.” Breea, 27, met with two close girlfriends who are also her accountability partners. They introduced her to the book “Kisses from Katie,” about a woman who moved to Uganda and adopted 13 girls, following God’s direction. “It was so inspiring,” Breea said. “I couldn’t put the book down. I told my husband...

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Salem theatre to present Broadway master class

Enlightened Theatrics along with Broadway Dreams Foundation will present Broadway Dreams Master Class | Vocal Performance:  Acting A Song on Sunday, Oct. 4. The master class will be held 1-4 p.m. at the Historic Grand Theatre, 191 High St. NE. The class will feature Alex Newell of Glee, Broadway performer Craig D’Amico and theatre producer Annette Tanner. Tickets are $5 with two cans of food at the door. For more information visit...

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Council approves Bowden Estates

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Look at what’s coming around the corner. More houses – 32, to be exact – are coming after Keizer City Councilors reversed a Hearings Officer decision and approved plans for the houses to go in at Burbank Street and Trent Avenue. Last month, Keizer Hearings Officer Cynthia Domas denied the plans submitted by Mark Farrow on behalf of Trademark Enterprises LLC for property owned by Robert Bowden and Doug Harner on behalf of JDC Homes LLC to build the homes on 5.73 acres of land. The key reason for the denial last month was concerns about compromised sight lines at the intersection of Trent and Burbank. Since then, an alternative design of the intersection was proposed that entailed adding a stop sign at Burbank Street, no parking along two sections of Trent Avenue at the intersection and raised reflective bi-directional placement markers through the intersection. The denial was appealed by Mark Grenz of Multi-Tech Engineering. “Staff believe this revised alternative addresses the concerns of both the hearings officer and the city engineer and staff supports this alternative,” a memo in Monday’s council packet read. City staff recommended the hearings officer decision be overturned. That’s just what happened Monday, with a 6-0 vote. Farrow said afterwards he was surprised the project was denied initially. “We thought previously we had everything taken care of,” said...

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WMS teacher hits high notes atop Kilimanjaro

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle School band teacher Sean Turner is never far from his tuba or, at the very least, a tuba mouthpiece. Even when he’s on top of Africa’s highest peak. While being interviewed, Turner produces a plastic mouthpiece from his pocket to demonstrate the “buzzing” that he uses to keep in practice when he’s traveling. “It comes with me just about everywhere,” Turner said. However, when Turner was planning a trip to Africa with his father, John, to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, he landed on an idea of a grander scale. “The trip came together and then I heard that one of my former college professors had acquired a travel tuba,” Turner said. “I thought wouldn’t it be cool to actually play tuba at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Then I thought to contact the Guinness Book of World records to see if anyone had done anything like that before. It turned out they hadn’t.” While a typical tuba weighs about 20 pounds, the travel tuba weighed less than 10. But, permission to use the instrument came with a caveat: Turner would have to play Mighty Oregon, the University of Oregon fight song, at the summit and capture it on video. He agreed to the terms and took off for his monthlong vacation last summer. “When you go through security, everyone has to...

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Scots, Celts battle Friday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Neither the players nor head coach of the McNary High School varsity football team believe the team has lived up to its potential so far this season. They’ll get another chance to prove themselves Friday, Sept. 25, at McKay High School. “It’s not good enough to just beat them. Putting up a big score would really show what we’re able to do and the type of team we are,” said Celt Kyle Aicher. McNary (2-1 overall, 2-0 in the Greater Valley Conference) faces a struggling Royal Scot team just getting over its third consecutive loss. It might be tempting to overlook the Salem team, but Celt Jon Anderson wanted McNary to step back and take it a game at a time. “I want us to come out and not underestimate McKay. We have to take it seriously and hit them hard every single play,” Anderson said. Three games into the season, McNary is becoming known as a running team despite having lots of options in the air. “Our receivers can get a little more open on the outside and Trent (Van Cleave) can get the ball to us if we can get open,” Aicher said. Van Cleave completed 16 of 29 last week for 183 yards with no interceptions and one touchdown. Brendan Van Voorhis led the receivers with four catches for...

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