Day: September 23, 2016

Keizer Oral History Project needs a new anchor

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Anita Zahniser volunteered for the Keizer Points of Interest Committee, she hadn’t even heard of the Keizer Oral History Project, but she became the driving force behind it for the last year and a half. In more ways than one, Zahniser has molded the Oral History Project into something different than what she inherited. In early episodes, most of which are available to view on keizertv.com, the time was dedicated to capturing stories from the city founders and their memories of establishing Keizer as its own city. After taking on the role as host and interviewer, Zahniser turned the camera’s attention to what came before that time period and the people who weren’t civic leaders. She talked with city founder Jerry McGee “in disguise” as Thomas Dove Keizur, she interviewed a number of the earliest students to attend the first Keizer school and then started talking with residents of Avamere Court about their experiences living in the area for extended periods of time. The next one to be released is an interview with Joy Beebe, who moved to the area from England as a war bride after World War II.  Her final interview, for now, is with Lynn Woolfe whose dad built a fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Despite all that, she thinks she’s barely scratched the surface. “I...

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“The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue

“The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue c.2016, Little, Brown $27.00 304 pages c.2016, HarperCollins $32.99 Canada 304 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The truth was bent a little bit. Okay, so it was actually mangled. Warped beyond anything that might remotely be real. Wrapped up in a colossal “liar-liar-pants-on-fire” conflagration. The truth was nowhere near the lie you told to save face, to save feelings, or as in the new novel “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue, to save a life. Lib Wright was so angry, she could hardly breathe. Yes, she was told that she would be handsomely paid and put up – which was true – but she was also told that her skills as a nurse were essential, which was a lie. All those years of working in a field hospital in the Crimean War, all the time spent learning from the great Miss Nightingale, all the hours spent on patient care, and these Irish villagers were telling her that her assignment was to be little more than jailer. Anna O’Donnell, they said, was eleven years old and hadn’t had a bite of food for four months. She consumed water by the spoonful, which was to say sparingly, and skeptics had come ‘round. To prove that the child’s feat was a miracle of God, a committee had hired Lib and an elderly nun to watch the girl’s...

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HOA lawsuit rachets up

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A lawsuit filed against the McNary Estates Homeowners Association (HOA) citing violation of state and federal fair housing laws has escalated to a new level. The HOA refused to provide accommodations for a family with a disabled daughter in 2015 and it eventually ended with the family selling their home and moving away after almost a decade of ownership. The woman, Khrizma Kuhn, and her parents, Renee and Gary, filed a lawsuit against several parties in relation to disagreements in January 2015. Now lawyers for the Kuhn family are asking for a partial summary judgement on the facts of the case. “We feel the law is crystal clear in this case and we’re asking a judge to make a determination that the law was violated,” said Kuhn attorney Dennis Steinman. In April 2015, the Kuhn family requested a waiver from the HOA to park an RV in their driveway. Doing so without a waiver violated McNary Estates HOA rules. Khrizma, 34, suffers from Down syndrome, autism and other maladies that require access to a bathroom and a shower even on short trips. The Kuhns presented the HOA board with letters from two doctors citing the medical necessity, but the request was denied and the family later met with hostility from neighbors. When one neighbor claimed her view of the street was obstructed...

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McKay on tap for homecoming

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary overlooked McKay last season. Senior Kolby Barker guaranteed that won’t be the case this Friday. “We didn’t give them the respect they deserved and we had a really off night,” Barker said of last year’s game. “Probably the first quarter was overlooking them and then after that we couldn’t recover.” Along with last season’s 10-7 result, which turned out to be McKay’s only win of 2015, the Celtics are coming off back-to-back losses to South Salem and Sprague. “You have to forget about those (losses),” Barker said. “You can’t dwell on them. You learn from your mistakes and move on. We’re working really hard. We’re ready to go.” It’s also homecoming for McNary. “It should be a big week for them for a lot of reasons and I think they’re prepping pretty well,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of his team. “I think this year we have a different attitude. These seniors have done a really nice job of getting ready.” McKay went 4-24 over the last three seasons but have a new head coach in Josh Riddell, who previously spent a season at McNary as the freshman team’s offensive coordinator. The Royal Scots, 1-2, have shown improvement with a 3-point loss to West Salem, followed by a blowout loss to McMinnville and then a convincing win over Forest Grove. “They...

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When there’s no money

Several years ago this space called for the Keizer City Council to consider what the city would lose if the Herber property (informally called ‘the cow pasture’) was rezoned and that acreage was lost to development. A 112-unit apartment complex is proposed for that property. We haven’t changed our minds, but reality has set in. There is no public money available to purchase that land and add it to Claggett Creek Park which sits west of the bluff and the creek itself. There is no public money to maintain another sizable park—we can’t keep up with the 19 parks already in the system. The city council voted at this week’s meeting to move ahead by directing city staff to write an ordinance  for rezoning of the property. That unanimous decision will not sit well with the opponents of the planned apartment development. Over 100 Keizerites testified at a public hearing in June 2014, most who spoke then were against the apartments and spoke passionately about the green space, the cows the property’s owners keep on the land and the two-story house that dates back to the 19th century. The comments on the Keizertimes Facebook page about Monday’s vote were almost solidly against the council’s vote. There is no doubt the ‘cow pasture’ issue is the hot topic in town. But the council’s action on Monday has a caveat: the...

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