Month: December 2015

Ring in new year with style, laughs

Time is short for New Year’s Eve plans, but here are a few options for last-minute gatherings to ring in the new year and celebrate 2016 this weekend. • Town & Country Lanes, 3500 River Road N., is hosting a New Year’s Eve party starting at 9:30 p.m.Tickets are $25 and include music, three hours of moon-glow bowling, a New Year’s countdown and champagne or cider toast, a nacho buffet and raffle drawings. • Capitol City Theatre is offering one all-ages show and one adults-only show New Year’s Eve. The all-ages show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and should wrap up about 9 p.m., 210 Liberty St. SE, Suite 150. Tickets are $12 and $9 for ages 12 and younger. The 21-and-older show begins at 10:30 p.m. and ends with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $20. Purchase tickets in advance at capitolcitytheater. com. • New Year’s Eve Dance at Keizer Salem Area Senior Center, 930 Plymouth Drive N.E. Doors open at 7 p.m. Live music by Don and Pat Schuetz with Glen Walker & Lee and Evelyn Easter.Tickets $10. • If you don’t mind a bit of travel, or would like a bit of traditional culture education with your revelry, check out the Native American Rehabilitation Association’s annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow at Portland’s Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. The...

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Wrestlers take down Grizzlies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Four McNary High School wrestlers were key to picking up the team’s first win, 44-28, over McMinnville High School since the Grizzlies joined the Greater Valley Conference. “It was a four-man puzzle, and we had some kids step up who had never been bumped up a weight class before. You do that and it’s like a flip of a coin. It was a string of kids that came out of their shell and did some good things,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. McNary hosted the meet Thursday, Dec. 17. It came down to needing a 195-pound wrestler to win the duel, Ebbs added. To make that happen, Celt Jesse Gomez wrestled at 160 pounds and lost by pin. Up next Carlos Vincent, usually a 160-pound entry, wrestled at 170 and won in a 16-8 major decision. Blake Gerstner wrestled at 182 pounds and won a barn burner with a 15-9 final score. McNary’s Isaiah Putnam, who was giving up about 20 pounds by the time he took the mat at 195 pounds, won in an 8-2 decision. “It was a good milestone. McMinnville is one of the teams that floats near the top and we knew they had four studs coming out this year. We ended up losing those matches, but we competed well even in those matches,” Ebbs said. The...

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New lease on life for orchard

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There is a future again for the filbert orchard at Keizer Rapids Park. After Tony Weathers was granted a release from his contract to harvest the orchards in June, there was considerable question if another farm would take his place, especially given the desire to not use chemicals necessary to fight off the blight impacting the trees. Kevin Schurter with Schurter Enterprises LLC submitted a proposal in July to do the harvesting, with the proposal accepted the following month. It was only a short-term lease, spanning from Aug. 20 to Nov. 30. A Request for Proposals was run in mid-October for the city-owned orchard, resulting in two proposals. The one selected was from Schurter Enterprises. Keizer City Councilors approved the contract without comment during the consent calendar portion of the Dec. 7 council meeting. Rental income received from Schurter will be used for city park operations, including maintenance of the filbert orchard. According to the contract, the lease terminates when all crops are removed from the property, or no later than Nov. 30, 2017. The rent paid to the city will be 10 percent of the net proceeds from the farming of the crops grown on the property. When Weathers asked to be released from his contract in the spring, a key issue was the use of chemicals on the property. Weathers and...

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“My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman

“My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman c.2015, Atria $25.00 / higher in Canada 372 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER “I forgive you.” Are there any three more powerful words?  Can “I love you” – also used for countertops, couches, or coats – bestow such mercy?  I don’t think so. “I forgive you.” In release and relief, those words put things back on track – although, in the new book “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman, the transgressions hardly need absolution. Every grandmother’s house smells a little different. Some smell like cookies or old magazines, soup or stale perfume. But seven-year-old Elsa’s granny’s flat – the whole building, in fact – smelled like coffee, cigarettes, a “very large animal of some sort,” and Granny. For her entire life, Granny was the only friend Elsa had. Granny played games with Elsa, gave her rides in Renault (the car Granny said she won in a poker game), told Elsa stories (Granny loved stories!) and she taught Elsa how to get to the Land-of-Almost-Awake, the magic kingdom of Miamas , and a troubled knight named Wolfheart. Granny had a lot of superpowers, one of which was always being on Elsa’s side. And that, perhaps, was why she never mentioned the word “cancer” to Elsa. She didn’t want Elsa to know, or...

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Boys surge to sixth on win over Vikings

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In one of the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team’s most controlled wins in years, the Celts handily defeated the Forest Grove Vikings 76-62 Friday, Dec. 18. The victory sent the Keizer team soaring up the state rankings to sixth in the OSAA 6A classification. “Forest Grove is a very talented team, but our kids have practiced and prepared with a sense of purpose that they can win regardless of the situation. They’re not arrogant or cocky, but they are very confident in their abilities and have a strong belief in themselves,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “It was just beautiful to watch them at times tonight.” The Celtics started the game with a 5-0 lead but soon found themselves trailing the Vikings 12-5. Three-point goals by Harry Cavell, Easton Neitzel and Alex Martin help close the gap to 23-18 by the close of the frame, but Forest Grove still led. A three-pointer by Chandler Cavell kept the Vikings within reach shortly after the beginning of the second period. Coupled with another trey by Martin, McNary then kept the game close. The Celts finally retook the game lead with a two-point goal by H. Cavell with 3:30 to go in the half. The Vikings took the lead back on their next possession. As the clock was winding down, C. Cavell...

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