Month: November 2016

McNary alum brings winning to Culver

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Dan Borresen, former volleyball coach at McNary High School, isn’t at all surprised by the success of one of his past players. Randi Viggiano graduated from McNary in 2000 and was a defensive specialist on the 1998 team that brought home the school’s first state trophy, finishing a school best fifth place. Now the head coach at Culver, in Central Oregon, the Lady Bulldogs have finished in the top five in Class 2A six years in a row. “I’ve had several players go on to be coaches and she would be at the top of the list of someone I knew would coach someday,” Borresen said. “I remember her very well because when she was a little kid, she was always in the gym. She loved playing. She loved everything about teaching and coaching the game. It was something that was a passion for her’s since the time she was a young kid.” Going to youth camps at McNary, Viggiano, then McDonnell, couldn’t wait to be on the high school team. “I grew up dreaming of playing for Dan Borresen and being a McNary Celtic probably ever since I was  8 years old,” she said.  “I had an amazing high school volleyball experience from ninth through 12th grade and got to look up to a lot of great players and got to play...

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Opioid addiction treatment growing fast at Keizer clinic

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Part of Justin Nielsen’s mission as executive director of Renaissance Recovery is meeting each client where they are. The result is what Nielsen calls “cafeteria-style” offerings that allow each client to pursue their own recovery goals while drawing on many different paths to kicking substance abuse habits. “The old way of thinking in the field was that treatment clinics wanted clients to adapt to them and their beliefs and processes, like being exclusively 12-step or something developed independently,” said Nielsen. “Even though I support 12-step, there’s other subgroups out there that respond better to alternative treatments that didn’t used to be available.” At Renaissance, a client might choose SMART Recovery, a science-based treatment program, or Celebrate Recovery, which takes its guidance directly from biblical teachings, or some combination of the two. Regardless, Nielsen tries to stay on the cutting edge of what’s available to those struggling with addiction, which is what led him to rolling out a new opioid addiction treatment program that include buprenorphine, more commonly know by the brand name Suboxone. The program is only two months old, but it’s grown to include nearly two dozen clients, some of whom are driving from three or four hours away. “I underestimated the need, and there are fewer buprenorphine prescribers than ever,” said Neilsen. Buprenorphine is an alternative to the methadone for opioid...

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Hunter makes college hoops decision official

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sydney Hunter couldn’t wait to fulfill her dream of playing college basketball so on the first day of the early signing period, Wednesday, Nov. 9, she put pen to paper. The McNary senior, who averaged 10.8 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game for the Lady Celts last season, signed with the University of San Diego. “I made my decision pretty early,” Hunter said. “I didn’t want to wait any longer to officially sign. I wanted to get it over with. Knowing that I’m going to San Diego makes it less stressful. I can play stress free and that makes it way easier.” Hunter began playing basketball in kindergarten but the game has been in her life even longer. Her older sister, by five years, Devin, was also a star at McNary before signing with Oregon State. “Growing up watching Devin, I wanted to be just like her,” Hunter said. “I just remember this (signing day) was so cool, all her friends and teachers were there. I wanted to do this so bad. She’s a great player. I’ve always been compared to her, growing up. I wanted to show people that I’m not just Devin Hunter’s sister. I’m Sydney Hunter. I’ve got my own name. I want to make my own story for myself. It pushed me to work harder...

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“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman

“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman c.2016, Simon & Schuster $26.00 / $35.00 Canada 272 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The best years of your life. That’s what people tell you about high school. Remember those days, they say. They’ll be the best of your life. But zits, mean girls, broken dreams, and broken friends aren’t exactly best. Sometimes in high school, as in the new book “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman, the very worst things can happen. Nobody thought it was anything but an accident. The road was icy that night. Shelby Richmond was driving and she wasn’t...

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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, November 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. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing Temporary Use and Mobile Food Vendors Subject to Conditions for Keizer Holiday Light Parade (2016) b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing Mayor to Send Letter of Support for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program c. Parks Funding Citizen Education and Survey d. ORDINANCE – Amending the Keizer Comprehensive Plan and Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to Allow Salem River Crossing Project to Move Forward; Amending Ordinance No. 87-077 e. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Sign Traffic Improvements Cost Sharing Intergovernmental Agreement with Salem Area Mass Transit District 9. CONSENT CALENDAR COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS 10.OTHER BUSINESS This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda. 11.WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS To inform the...

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