Day: February 5, 2016

Losses douse boys’ GVC title hopes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Forest Grove High School’s boys varsity basketball team stunned the Celtics with a 59-51 win Friday, Jan. 29. “It was good to have a couple of days off after it happened,” said Trent Van Cleave, a McNary senior. “We’re all right, and it may help us in the long run.” The loss to the Vikings, coupled with a 53-52 loss to South Salem High School Tuesday, Feb. 2, means the Celtic path to sharing the league championship is now in the hands of others, and more than a little unlikely. The Saxons would have to lose three of their remaining games and McNary would have to win out the season. To be sure, the Celts gave the Saxons a run for their money. McNary trailed 15-6 after one quarter and had only just begun to chip away at the lead by halftime. In the third quarter, the Celts rallied and outscored South 18-11 to take a 39-38 lead. With the score achingly close, South outshot McNary 15-13 in the final period to take the win. In the game with Forest Grove, the Celtics had things going their way through three quarters. McNary leapt out to a 14-4 lead after the first frame and was ahead 46-35 at the top of the fourth quarter. “In the first half, we were being the aggressors,...

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Next mural workshop is on Saturday

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A rough sketch of a timeline for Keizer’s next public mural has emerged. The mural, which has been discussed a number of times during Keizer Public Arts Association (KPAC) meetings, was originally going to be done last fall on the north wall of Town & Country Lanes at 3500 River Road N. The timeline has since been pushed back to this summer. Jill Hagen, the KPAC and Keizer Art Association member heading up the mural project, gave a timing update during last week’s KPAC meeting in response to a question. “Do we have an idea when we will start on the wall?” KPAC member Beth Melendy asked. “We’re looking at May,” Hagen replied. “Once we start doing something, work parties will be out there. Right now we’re getting information to the public. If you give people things, they will see something good in it and they will return because they have a part.” Hagen said more priming on the wall – a first level of primer was applied last fall – would be done before any images are painted. “Some of the painting will be done, then some images will be put up there,” Hagen said. “That whole process will probably be May to July. I would expect it to be done in August, when you’d just have the final tweaking left. Putting...

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Making more PAWSIBLE

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A group of Whiteaker Middle School students turned out early at the Willamette Valley Humane Society Saturday, Jan. 30 –  before the doors even opened. The students were representing the Whiteaker Pro Team class, and had some gifts to deliver. “The most surpising thing was the dog bed,” said seventh grader Chloe Shepherd. “It’s big enough that I can sleep in it.” Over the past few months, students in the class collected donations from schoolmates and their families ranging from the dog bed to a scratching post to food, treats and toys. “We basically had one thing from every aisle in the pet store,” said teacher Jamie Peters. The class that brought in the most donations won a doughnut party, but the winning students decided to donate the money to WVHS instead. “The hardest part was promoting it in the school,” said sixth grader Paris Boyd. “We made a bunch of posters and made lots of visits to classes.” In addition to the donations, students in the Pro Team Class had a hand in making some of the gifts. The students discovered reheatable rice packs were needed for animals rehabilitating from surgery. “I made 18 of those and then went to The Dollar Store to buy more stuff to donate,” said seventh grader Madison Long. The Wolverines also took over the culinary...

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One potato, two potato

It is shameful that a nation as rich and bountiful as the United States should have a hunger problem. No one, especially children, should go to bed hungry; no one should have to beg for food. Besides our people, the greatest resource we have is land. The Salem-Keizer School District should begin a program that turns parts of our school property into community food gardens. At schools, such as Kennedy Elementary and others where too many children depend on free or reduced lunches, it would be better to teach kids where food comes from by growing it themselves. Vegetables grown in gardens at each school would provide nutritious food that is vital to a child’s well being. A community garden would also benefit families in need that live near those schools. The science of growing food is thousands of years old. Man has cultivated what he eats across the globe and across the millenia. It is not rocket science, it is as basic as it gets. Some might say that we can’t force our school children to grow their own lunches. That would be correct. We can provide the tools and supplies for kids and families in need to grow fresh vegetables that are important to their diet. Such a garden program should be developed with as little bureaucracy as possible. It doesn’t need an environmental impact statement. It...

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A sobering visit

By LYNDON ZAITZ I went to Los Angeles last week for some sunshine and warmth. There wasn’t much of that but I did come away thoughtful. I wanted to visit several art museums that weekend but all had lines out the door due to free admission Saturday. I eschewed art and embraced history. My friend and I headed for the Museum of Tolerance on the west side. Though most visitors seek the entertainment southern California has to offer, a visit to this museum should be required. In addition to the regular displays was a Anne Frank exhibition. We all think we know the story, Dutch girl, hiding in an attic, captured, killed by the Nazis. Some of that is true, other points not so much—she and her sister Margot died of ill health while in a camp, two weeks before it was liberated by the Allies. Before we walked through the Anne Frank exhibit we viewed dozens of videos, displays and writings that addressed intolerance, not just against Jews but all people—blacks, Muslims, you name it. All the exhibits at the museum are powerful and as thought-provoking as it is meant to be. Only the most entrenched bigot can walk out of that museum without feeling a bit ashamed about how they treated someone who was different at some point. The museum is not political correctness runamok, it is...

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