Month: October 2016

Tree dispute lands in city council’s lap

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The fate of a giant sequoia on private property might rest in the hands of the Keizer City Council. On Monday, Oct. 3, the council will hold a public hearing on whether to extend heritage status to the tree on Dennis Lane North and prevent it from being limbed by a neighbor. Keizertimes spoke with one of the owners of the tree and they requested we not use their name. “We’re just trying to protect it,” the owner said. “It’s majestic, that’s the only way to describe it.” The current owners have lived at the home for six years, but are concerned about a neighbor’s recent desire to cut back a portion of the tree that hangs into their yard. “The neighbor wanted to cut so much of it, it would have ruined it,” the owner said. “It doesn’t matter where you live, there are annoyances, but you don’t desecrate something because you have to pick up some yard debris.” The owner said they are not the only ones who have appreciated the tree. “We’ve had a couple of garage sales and people ask about it and wonder at it,” the owner said. Trees can be nominated for inclusion in the Oregon Heritage Tree Program for a variety of reasons. Trees associated with significant historical events, those associated with the life of...

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Community garden grows row-by-row

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Carol Ann Burks went to the Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS) in 2004 looking to volunteer. She expected to be packing food boxes, but she ended up helping water a community greenhouse. “I told them I wasn’t a gardener, but that was what they needed help with,” Burks said. Then she was put in charge of the small team of volunteers watering at the greenhouse. When it came time to distribute seeds, the coordinator told her she should have a plot. Again, she said, “I am not a gardener.” After some more encouragement, she took on a plot at Keizer’s Whittam Community Garden where she reaped a bountiful harvest in 2014. In 2015, she was asked to coordinate the efforts at Whittam and she had to stop telling herself she wasn’t a gardener. “You don’t have to be a gardener, you just have to be willing and get your hands dirty,” Burks said. On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Whittam Community Garden celebrated its fifth anniversary inviting present and past volunteers to come and be appreciated for their...

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