Month: December 2016

MAK cleans up Salem home

Men in Action for Keizer (MAK), the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s volunteer group of men, jumped into action earlier this month when they were called by representatives of the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs to help clear out the former home of a veteran’s widow. A small group of MAK volunteers, led by Bob Shackelford, were joined by three Keizer Police Department employees at the manufactured home in northeast Salem that was the residence of Carmel Westover for decades. Westover, in her 70s, had relocated to a foster home earlier in the year. The large, three-bedroom home, was filled with the artifacts of a life that Westover shared with her husband Marvin, a Korean War Naval vet, who had passed away. The clear-out team filled a large trash container and a recycling container, donated by Pacific Sanitation Service. Items in the home were divided into categories: trash, recyclables, personal documents and things that will be sold. Men in Action for Keizer, which has a roster of about 50 members, was created several years ago as a counter to the chamber’s Keizer Network of Women (KNOW), assists in every way for those in need—individuals, businesses, civic projects and more. Shackelford, a real estate broker, leads the group, which is constantly seeking projects to which they can lend their manpower. Jordan Killian, property manager for the Department of Veteran Affairs (ODVA),...

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Parks survey hitting mailboxes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes About half of Keizer residents are going to be receiving a thicker utility bill this week. It’s because a survey about Keizer parks is being included with the regular mailing. The remaining utility customers will receive the survey with their January bill. Keizer residents can also fill out the survey online at keizer.org where additional informational videos and materials will also be made available. The questionnaire requests residents’ feedback regarding Keizer’s parks and asks if they would support a fee attached to their regular utility bills to create a dedicated parks fund,...

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Free towing service on New Year’s

Wiltse’s Towing is offering a free New Year’s service for anyone in the Salem-Keizer city limits who has had too much to drink, wants to get home safely but doesn’t want to leave their vehicle. Call 503-581-1533 on Dec. 31 at noon through Jan. 1 at noon and Wiltse’s Towing will pick you and your vehicle up and deliver both home at no charge. Just provide your location, name, phone number (in case they can’t find you) and the make, model and color of your vehicle. And allow about 30 minutes for someone to...

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Celtics finish Classic strong

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—McNary suffered its first loss of the season in the Capitol City Classic. But that doesn’t mean the tournament wasn’t a success. After falling to Mater Dei, a Catholic school in southern California, 64-60 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Celtics rebounded to defeat Evergreen, Wash. 80-42 on Thursday and then knocked off Thurston 60-46 Friday at Willamette University. McNary had its chances against Mater Dei, who went on to defeat West Salem 53-50 to win the Capitol City Classic. The Celtics trailed by just one point with two minutes to go. “It was...

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Salem mayor-elect shares vision for Salem-Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Salem’s mayor-elect, Chuck Bennett, stopped by the weekly Rotary Club of Keizer luncheon Thursday, Dec. 22, to talk about the ways Salem and Keizer can work together. Topics ranged from the future of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to transit and homelessness. Bennett reserved his harshest critique for the Salem-Keizer Transit District. “I’m convinced that we need to sit down and figure out where we want to go from this slow, unrealistic service with buses traveling around town mostly empty on odd routes that don’t seem to be serving our residents well,”...

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