Month: May 2016

MHS boosters fund gym floor makeover

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s Athletic Booster Club (ABC) has another big project in the offing this summer: a renovation of the school’s gym. The project includes repainting all three levels of the gymnasium and refinishing the main gym’s floor to include a McNary “M” logo. The final cost of the project is expected to be somewhere between $25,000 and $32,000, and is set to begin in June. McNary’s ABC is kicking in $20,000 toward the overall cost of the renovation, and it means the group’s upcoming dinner and auction is all the more important. This year’s benefit is slated June 4 at the Log House Garden at Willow Lake, 5655 Windsor Island Road N., in Keizer. Tickets are $35 per person, $360 for a reserved table for eight or $500 for a sponsored table. Tickets can be purchased at mcnaryabc.com. The event begins with a social hour at 4:30 p.m., and tickets include dinner and a bidder paddle for silent and oral auctions. Danielle Bethell, ABC president, said the gym renovation project came about largely as a result of the successful turf project. “We developed a great relationship with Salem-Keizer School District through that project, but we also realized that the outside of the school had been getting most of the attention,” Bethell said. “We approached the school district with a proposal for...

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Koho to step down from city council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dennis Koho was already going to leave the Keizer City Council once his term ended in January. He’s just moving up the timeline a bit. Koho, the former Keizer mayor and current city council president, told the Keizertimes on May 13 he’s resigning from the council. This follows a March heart attack that left Koho in the hospital for weeks. He’s been slowly recovering, only to face one setback after another. “I’m recovering, or at least I think so,” Koho said. “Everytime I think I’m doing better, I go to work for a while, then I find myself back in the hospital a couple of days later. Due to that reason, I am resigning from the city council on June 1.” After consulting with current mayor Cathy Clark, Koho changed the date on Monday to July 1, since that will get him through the budget season. Koho said he reached the decision in part after conversations with wife Lori. “It was an extremely difficult decision,” he said. “If it wasn’t for my wife, I wouldn’t do it. She explained a few things to me as only she can do. If the shoe was on the other foot, I’d probably ask her to do the same thing. For me, volunteer activities are important, but they’re not the most important things. This sort of health issue...

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Duran, Van Voorhis, boys 4×100 win GVC titles at district meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Dani Duran added to her growing list of accomplishments at the Greater Valley Conference Championships last week. Duran took the league titles in the 400 meter race and 300 meter hurdles at the meet held in McMinnville May 13 and 14. “It’s definitely a good feeling,” Duran said. “I was just out there trying to compete and reach some goals.” One of those goals was setting a new school record in the 300 hurdles, which she did with a time of 44.91 seconds. The old school record was 45.3 seconds. Duran ran the hurdles for the first time earlier this season and immediately started posting times that put her in the top three in the entire state. “It was something I wanted to do, but I’d never even practiced it before. I was worried that it would turn out to be a bad experience, but now I want that state title,” Duran said. With her time at the GVC meet, Duran is now second in the state. Gresham High School’s Leah Russell leads with a time of 43.93. “She’s a whole second ahead me, but I’m still improving every meet,” Duran said. Duran finished the 400 meter with a time of 58.60 seconds to take the gold. The Celts’ only other solo title winner was the boys Brendan...

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McNary Athletic Boosters Club auction June 4

The McNary Athletic Boosters Club will hold its 5th annual auction/dinner on Saturday, June 4, that will raise funds for the clubs projects, including updating the gymnasium floor this summer. The event, which will celebrate 50 years of McNary High School athletics, will be held at Log House Gardens at Willow Lake at 5655 Windsor Island Road N., one block north of Lockhaven Drive. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information visit...

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Coffee place, sub shop coming to Schoolhouse Square

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s busy focal point intersection at River and Chemawa Roads could soon be known as Coffee Corner. Or would that be Koffee Korner? Coffee aplenty is already readily available: Starbucks is currently located in the Schoolhouse Square Shopping Center, Dutch Bros. coffee stand is a little south of the intersection and there is a Starbucks inside the Safeway on the southeast corner of the intersection. As mentioned previously in the Keizertimes, the standalone Starbucks is being replaced soon by a new building two addresses shy of Dutch Bros, while a new building with two tenants is planned for the corner of the Schoolhouse Square property. One of those tenants will be a coffee drive-through, meaning four places to get coffee – three of which will have a drive-through option – within a few hundred yards of each other. Darren Bloch, principal of Bloch Properties which closed on Schoolhouse Square late last year, confirmed Medford-based the Human Bean is coming to the building. Also coming is Jersey Mike’s Subs, one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. Bloch had said previously he wanted to be able to retain Starbucks, but the Seattle-based coffee company had committed to leaving shortly before he took over Schoolhouse Square. The existing strip mall next to Nancy’s Burgers and Fries is being demolished and replaced by a new Starbucks,...

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