Day: February 2, 2016

Miracle of Christmas sets record

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When it comes to a big event like the Keizer Miracle of Christmas Lights Display held each December in the Gubser neighborhood, there are things that can point to growth. On busy nights the line of vehicles waiting to start the route of Christmas lights can stretch to Lockhaven Drive. Another sign of growth deals with the food donation aspect of the event. After all, the event is a fundraiser for Marion-Polk Food Share, with canned food and cash donations accepted throughout the three-week run. Volunteers sign up to help with the collection every night. Brigett Eisle, who has run the event the last few years with husband Mike, revealed some numbers from the 2015 event at the Feb. 18 Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting. Rick Gaupo, president and CEO of the Food Share, was also on hand. Eisle counted and found more than two-thirds of houses along the route were lit up. “We had waiting lists of people wanting to participate and help out,” she said. “We had to turn away 10 groups this year that wanted to help. We had so many people, we had a waiting list. If people can see what we’re doing, it just brings the community together even more.” Another way Eisle knows the event is growing? She’s having to buy more candy canes to pass out...

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Girls cage Grizzlies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School girls varsity basketball team completed its first run through the Greater Valley Conference with a 53-34 win over McMinnville High School Friday, Jan. 22. The Lady Celts are currently second in the GVC with a record of 7-1. South Salem was the only team to beat the Celts in the first round-robin, but Derick Handley, McNary head coach, doesn’t want the team resting on its laurels. “I really hope that we don’t settle. I hope the girls aren’t satisfied with taking second in the league because our goals have been much bigger than that the entire season” Handley said. With games on tap vs. North Salem and Forest Grove high schools before getting another shot at the Saxons, Celt senior Kaelie Flores said it’s difficult to not look past the next two games to the one on the horizon. “We definitely have our eyes on South, but we can’t overlook North and Forest Grove. We have to work on ourselves in those games to be ready for (South),” Flores said. Sophomore Kailey Doutt said there are still things for McNary’s team to improve upon in the run-up to the South game, which the Celts host Tuesday, Feb. 2. “Our team defense has been a lot better, but we can get better in our offense and more consistent,” Doutt...

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