Day: December 16, 2016

Forest sale vote brings protest to Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A hearing by the Oregon State Land Board regarding the potential sale of a state forest in southwest Oregon drew protests outside Keizer Civic Center Tuesday, Dec. 13. The board, consisting of Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler were expected to make a decision whether to proceed with the sale of Elliott State Forest to a private company, but delayed a vote after hearing from more than 80 people during public testimony. Prior to the 10 a.m. meeting, Oregon residents representing cities and regions up...

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“Cradles of Power” by Harold I. Gullan

“Cradles of Power” by Harold I. Gullan c.2016, Skyhorse Publishing $27.99 / $42.99 Canada 379 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your parents had such high hopes for you. You were going to make it, and make something of yourself. You’d have a better life than they had: more wealth, stronger health, bigger home, more opportunities. You were going to be somebody even if, as in the new book “Cradles of Power” by Harold I. Gullan, it took everything they had. Walk through any bookstore or library and you’ll learn that over the last 240 years, a lot has...

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Celtics finish strong, win league opener

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes ALBANY—Behind a fast start and strong finish, McNary opened Greater Valley Conference play with a 70-62 victory over West Albany on Friday, Dec. 9. “Any league win is tough,” Celtics head coach Ryan Kirch said. “On the road is tough. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing or when you’re playing them. I think what we can take from this is when you get to the playoffs, every game is going to come down to the final three minutes and your ability to finish and your ability to be mentality tough. We’re going to...

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That time of the year

It is that time of year when people say “It’s that time of year to…” They mean it’s the time of year to be nice to others; to give to those less fortunate then ourselves. Toys and clothing are delivered to children in need in our region. Boxes of the makings of a holiday meal are delivered to households in need ‘this time of year.’ This week’s weather should remind us that not everyone around us is warm, has an appropriate coat to face the freezing temperatures. In Salem, the Mid-Valley Community Action Agency is overseeing two warming stations. The American Legion post on Lilac Lane in north Salem will open a warming station for veterans only. Warming stations are needed not only by those who live on the streets, but also those who, for whatever reason, have no heat in their homes. Keizer doesn’t have a big homeless population but there are those whose homes do not have adequate heat. Keizer’s organizations—especially its houses of worship—need to live their missions and faith and give a helping hand to those most in need. As the Jackie DeShannon song says: “Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand. Put a little love in your heart.” There is no doubt that Keizer is generous—it provides monthly community dinners, it donates money for playgrounds and football fields. Charity cannot always...

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Community spirit is alive

To the Editor: It is Sunday morning, the day after the Keizer Chamber Foundation Giving Basket Program’s gifts were delivered, and the morning after the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Parade. Both were successful. Thank you to the Keizer Chamber Foundation, the members of both the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) and Men of Action in Keizer (MAK),  two groups of the Keizer Chamber. Success? How is it measured?  By the smiles on faces and tears in the eyes of parents who aren’t able to afford gifts for their children. Success is seeing families running down the street together and children dancing in the dark in anticipation of seeing Santa.  The Keizer Chamber Foundation served 377 children with the help of community and businesses.  When they said they couldn’t the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, with the support of local businesses and community did it anyway. Your Keizer business and community volunteers working together are what make our community a wonderful place in which to live. Thank you to all who supported these events by purchasing gifts, donating time with wrapping and delivery. Thank you all who volunteered to make our parade happen.  Success isn’t measured with material things, it’s measured with memories. Success is seeing joy! Audrey Butler...

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