Day: March 4, 2016

Sports court at KRP explored

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Care for a game of pickleball? While some may not have heard of the racquet sport – a combination of badminton, table tennis and tennis – others in Keizer have. Robert Johnson, Keizer parks supervisor, said a place for a pickleball court is a common request. “We get a lot of people who are interested in pickleball,” Johnson said at last month’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. Johnson mentioned that during discussion of a possible future multi-use sports court at Keizer Rapids Park. Though no plans are firm yet, Parks Board members had asked Johnson to come up with cost estimates for a sports court in case funding materializes in the future. Johnson said a sports court could be used for pickleball, basketball and futsal. His cost estimates were based on a court size of 60 feet by 88 feet, for a total area of 5,280 square feet. According to Johnson’s estimates, a concrete slab for the base would be $6 per square foot, for $31,680. A 10 foot tall black vinyl chain link fence would cost $19,800 while two long reach basketball standards would cost $8,000. The court would be fully fenced with futsal goals built into the fence. There would be one main entry gate and one larger vehicle access gate for maintenance. Miscellaneous equipment for futsal and pickleball...

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New Starbucks coming soon

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new Starbucks is coming to River Road in Keizer. Yes, there is already a Starbucks at the corner of River and Chemawa Roads, in Schoolhouse Square. This will take the place of that location. The new location will be at 4943 River Road N, a small strip mall currently home to Keizer Computer Annex, Pronto Signs, Now & Then Mercantile, New Age Psychic Center and Oscar’s Salon. It’s not known yet when the change will happen, but Keizer Computer Annex opened at its new location of 4120 River Road NE No. B last week. “We’re in the very early stages of relocating our store at 5001 River Road to 4943 River Road,” a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Keizertimes recently. Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley confirmed the move in a recent e-mail update. “New Starbucks building at 4943 River Road,” Eppley wrote. “This will be a new location for the Starbucks currently in Schoolhouse Square as (they) are moving their location.” Two permits associated with the change were submitted in January. On Jan. 8, a permit calling for demolition of existing building and construction of a new building shell was listed for 4943 River Road. The valuation was listed as $233,163 for a 1,850 square foot building. A second permit for the address was submitted to the city on Jan. 15 from Steve Clendaniel...

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Coaches pick Cavell as Player of the Year

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Harry Cavell’s route to becoming the unanimous Greater Valley Conference basketball Player of the Year as a McNary High School senior was circuitous at best. As a freshman he started out playing for West Salem High School’s junior varsity team with a handful of minutes on the varsity court. “It was nice to be part of a winning program and see what that felt like. I also got to play with my brother which was great,” Cavell said. As a sophomore, he attended a prepatory boarding school in South Carolina, which is where he discovered his passion for the game. “We would practice twice a day and work out. It’s where I learned to be serious about the game, but I pretty much ate, slept and breathed basketball and school,” he said. While the experience helped him grow, Cavell said he and his parents were ready for him to return home when his junior year rolled around. Technically, Cavell should have been part of the McNary program for his first two years of high school, but the Celtic program was just beginning to emerge from an era of difficult seasons with the help of a new head coach, Ryan Kirch. When Cavell enrolled at McNary as a junior, he wasn’t sure what to expect, despite having grown up alongside a number of...

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Lady Celts cruise to second round

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s get-out-of-zone free card, Madi Hingston, was working hard in a first round state playoff game with Century High School Tuesday, March 1. Hingston earned that moniker because when teams like the Jaguars attempt to keep the Celts from attacking the rim with a zone defense, a three-pointer by the McNary senior typically prompts them to go back to man-to-man coverage. Hingston drained four shots from three-point range on the night to as McNary blazed a trail to the second round with a 63-34 win. “Mentally and emotionally, I was really proud of the way the girls carried themselves. You would never think it was a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in six years,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. Three of Hingston’s four treys came in the first frame, but the Keizer team as a whole buttoned up on defense to keep the Jaguars from going on long runs. “We knew that they were a better than decent shooting team and really good from the three-point range,” Hingston said. “We knew they had some good guard play and we wanted to be on them so they couldn’t get outside of the arc and set their feet.” McNary was up 14-3 when Century went on a short run to close the gap to 14-11. After shutting down the...

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The end of a parade

It was exciting in 2011 when the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade migrated from Salem to Keizer. We have the Miracle of Christmas lighting display in the Gubser neighborhood. We have the annual Keizer Iris Festival parade. Having the Lights parade come to Keizer was a beautiful feather in our civic cap. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. Parade organizers announced this week that the Festival of Lights Parade is no more. After 25 years the dedicated volunteer Cheryl Mitchell decided it was time to step back, enjoy life and travel the world with her husband. Organizing the parade (one of the largest light parades in the United States) is practically a full-time volunteer endeavor. Once one year’s parade is finished, planning for the next parade begins almost immediately. Though there will be no Festival of Lights Parade this December, we hope to see a volunteer, an organization or a company pick up the banner and ressurect it for future years. A holiday parade such as this should not go away without a fight. It draws spectators from around the region which makes it a good marketing tool for the city and it is good for businesses along the parade route that work to take advantage of the large crowds. A lighted holiday parade is not inexpensive nor easy to stage. Our community has the experience and knowledge to put on...

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