Day: September 16, 2016

Bunco tournament headed to Keizer Civic Center

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A large bunco tournament – and fundraiser for Salem Health Foundation’s breast cancer fund – is headed to the Keizer Civic Center Oct. 1. The Alyssa Malchow Breast Cancer Fund is signing up players for the event and seeking sponsors and prizes. The Alyssa Malchow Fund was established after the death of its namesake in 2008. “Alyssa was a quiet person, but she had a really good heart. She grew up an only child and the thing she wanted and enjoyed most was being a mom,” said Kelly Stevenson, a longtime friend of Malchow and now a cousin by marriage. Malchow was diagnosed with breast cancer in the eighth month of her second pregnancy. Labor was induced two weeks after the diagnosis so she could begin cancer treatments, and the baby arrived healthy. “One of the things people don’t realize is that a lot of cancer that occurs before the age of 40 is more aggressive. They could never quite get ahead of it with treatment,” Stevenson said. Stevenson and Malchow’s mother, Jennifer Boos, established the fund and fundraiser after her death. The pair went looking for a new venue earlier this year after their previous site closed. They approached the Keizer City Council to ask for a waiver of rental fees this summer, but the request was denied. That’s when the...

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Council gets boot-on-the-ground view of park troubles

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes City leaders got a closer look at four of Keizer’s 19 parks during a city council work session Monday, Sept. 12. Conversation ran the gamut of lowlights and highlights, with one concern repeated over and over again: the longer the wait, the more repairs are going to cost. The first stop on the city council’s tour of parks was Chalmers Jones Park, behind Keizer Civic Center, with a focus on Carlson Skate Park. “The biggest thing to notice is the cracks. Eventually, we are either going to have to make the repairs, or we will have to close it down because it’s a liability,” said Richard Walsh, a member of Keizer’s Parks Advisory Board. “It will cost more if we keep deferring it again and again.” The park sees frequent if sporadic use throughout the year. While councilors were inspecting the site, about two dozen locals were out on skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes. However, cracks are starting to appear throughout the park, especially in the bowl. Last year, a local man approached the city about taking on an overhaul of the park. He was awarded a $5,000 matching grant to work with another organization in hope of tending to its needs, but whatever plans were in the works fell apart earlier this year. The grant money has been rolled over to...

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Up next: Sprague

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary has seen two different Sprague football teams on film. There’s the one that went into South Salem and blew out the back-to-back Greater Valley Conference champions 48-7 to open the season. And then there’s the Olympians who lost 36-29 at home to West Salem. What was the difference? Mistakes. “They made a lot more mistakes against West,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said. “They were pretty dang good against South as far as being mistake free for a first game.” The biggest mistake Sprague made against West Salem was an interception in its own end zone that turned out to be the deciding score. “They are pretty good,” Auvinen said. “They do a lot of things really well. That being said, they make high school mistakes and I think we’ve got a good game plan to take them out of what they want to do.” The Olympians want to run the football. Against West Salem, they rushed for more than 320 yards but passed for less than 50. “We’re going to force them to do things that are a little more challenging than they like to do and get them out of their comfort level a little bit,” said Auivnen, who is also McNary’s defensive coordinator. “They have two good running backs (Dane McKinney and Noah Mellen) that they like quite well....

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