Day: March 18, 2016

Latest Celt play radiates and resonates

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Family dyfunction crescendoes over a science project in the latest stage production at McNary High School. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds  by Paul Zindel runs Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, at the Celtic’s Ken Collins Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for both shows. Tickets are $5 and available online at mcnarytheatre.weebly.com or at the door. The play has three leads and two smaller roles. Annie Purkey plays Tillie Hunsdorfer, the second of two daughters, who is struggling to break free of the traps laid around her by her sister, Ruth (played by senior Jaida Watson), and mother, Beatrice (played by senior Morgan Hoag). Purkey read the script before trying out for a role in the play, but it hadn’t prepared her for what happened during the audition. “It felt so different and I realized how wonderful the character is and how there is so much inside of her,” Purkey said. “Even in the hardest and darkest situations, she has this hope that she holds onto for the entire show. She chooses to see life so differently compared to how her sister and mother view it.” Beatrice is constantly trying to sabotage Tillie’s attempts to see beyond the confines of their desperate existence caring for an elderly woman. Ruth, who has been diagnosed with epilepsy and suffers...

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Defying odds: Lady Celts take 4th in state tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes All season long, the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team had occasion to let their emotions get the better of them. When South Salem High School denied them the chance to capture a Greater Valley Conference title, they didn’t break. When Jesuit High School ousted them from contention for a state title in the first round of the state tournament last week, they didn’t even bend. “This group has bounced back,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach. “We lost to Jesuit and it would have easy to mail it in, instead they turned around and beat the No. 1 team in the coach’s poll (Oregon City High School) entering the tournament by nine points.” The 55-46 win over Oregon City pitted the Celts against the second-ranked team in the state, South Medford High School, in a game for fourth place Saturday, March 12, at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center. The game went not only the distance, but an extra four minutes of overtime that saw McNary win 57-52. It was only then that the tears of joy began to flow. “For us seniors, going out like this it’s such a great accomplishment, because there is no other team we’d rather do it with. We got here together and we made it all the way to the end,” said Lady Celt...

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Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting

CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION AGENDA KEIZER CITY COUNCIL REGULAR SESSION Monday, March 21, 2016 7:00 p.m. Robert L. Simon Council Chambers Keizer, Oregon 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. ROLL CALL 3. FLAG SALUTE 4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS 5. COMMITTEE REPORTS 6. PUBLIC TESTIMONY This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing. 7. PUBLIC HEARINGS 8. ADMINISTATIVE ACTION a. ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 2.102 (Single Family Residential), Section 2.103 (Limited Density Residential), Section 2.104 (Medium Density Residential), Section 2.105 (High Density Residential), Section 2.106 (Residential Commercial), Section 2.107 (Mixed Use), Section 2.108 (Commercial Office), Section 2.110 (Commercial Mixed Use), Section 2.113 (Industrial Business Park), Section 2.119 (Employment General), Section 2.303 (Off-Street Parking and Loading), and Section 2.407 (Home Occupations); Amending Ordinance 98-389 9. CONSENT CALENDAR a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Enter Into the City of Keizer Street and Right of Way Landscape Maintenance Services Contract with Cascade Grounds, Inc. b. RESOLUTION – Approving the City Engineer’s Report; Declaring the City’s Intent to Form Bowden Meadows Street Lighting Local Improvement District; Providing Notice and Setting Hearing c. RESOLUTION – Restating the City of...

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The stain of accommodating Trump

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his political achievement is enormous, and he deserves the credit.      With no background in elected office, Trump has led the Republican presidential field for eight months. His strong plurality has proven to be demographically and geographically diverse. He has soundly beaten a series of talented, well-funded opponents. He has effectively tapped into deep-seated anger and resentment, promising the recovery of a nation that his followers regard as weak, lost and unrecognizable.      And Trump is not just winning; he is redefining how politics is done. Out: policy speeches, white papers, paid media, the ground game. In: monologues, social media, free media, advance work on big rallies. Few politicians in history — Franklin Roosevelt’s mastery of radio and Ronald Reagan’s use of television come to mind — have more instinctually and effectively adapted to new communication methods.      Many Republicans now look at these undeniable successes and ask: “How far should we go for unity’s sake?” Some are beginning to make their inner peace with Trump. He will, after all, eventually need experts to advise and guide him. His Supreme Court picks are bound to be better than Hillary Clinton’s. Maybe we just need to respect the democratic will.      These justifications are not insane, but they are ultimately not persuasive. Trump has little history of changing or refining his views...

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