Month: December 2016

Celtics sights set on Portland

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Optimism fills the McNary High School gym as the boys basketball team prepares for its upcoming season, which tips off Friday, Dec. 2 at Grants Pass. “It’s going to be a special group,” head coach Ryan Kirch said. “It could be as good as we’ve had. They’re just all good kids. They’ll all be enrolled in college next year. They’re all honor roll kids. They all come from great families. They’re all great friends. You just don’t get groups like this anymore. We’re talented in a lot of ways and have as much...

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New signal intersection headed to Keizer Station

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Changes are in the works for the main route into Keizer Station, and the hope is that they help pave the way for more efficient bus routes and a potential movie theater. At its meeting Monday, Nov. 21, the Keizer City Council approved the city’s portion of funding for a signalized intersection on Keizer Station Boulevard Northeast at the entrance/exit of the Keizer Transit Center. The council approved nearly $462,000 for the project, but the actual cost is expected to be significantly less. Salem-Keizer Transit will lead the effort and an engineering firm, Kittelson and Associates, is already working on a design package that will be put out for bid in the coming months. When the Keizer Transit Center was originally envisioned, a signalized intersection was planned, but as costs mounted Transit District officials opted for a right-in, right-out driveway to cut expenses. “It didn’t look like we were going to have enough money for it, but we had some funds left over from federal grants that will pay for the construction,” said Steve Dickey, director of transportation development for Salem-Keizer Transit. While starting dates will depend on the completion of the engineering package, Dickey hoped to see construction begin as early as next spring and be completed by the end of 2017 or early 2018. “We will reconfigure the median for...

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Lady Celts cruise in season opener

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With the graduation of three of its top four scorers, McNary is looking for girls to step up and put the ball in the basket. For game one, it was Jaylene Montano and Kailey Doutt, who combined for 27 points as the Lady Celts rolled past Barlow 58-23 at home on Thursday. Montano, a senior point guard, knocked down two three-pointers in the first 1:05 to give McNary a quick 6-0 lead. “Coach (Derick Handley) has been telling me to shoot more and said I’m taking a new role this year and just be confident with it so I kind of took that on,” Montano said. “He said miss or make, keep shooting. I was just following what he was saying.” Doutt, a junior, finished with 12 points, including six in the first half as the Lady Celts went into intermission with a commanding 26-7 lead. Montano’s hot shooting continued in the second half as she made three more 3-pointers in the third quarter to finish the game with 15 points by going a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc. With McNary up 47-15, Montano didn’t play in the fourth quarter. “Her (Montano) and Kailey Doutt are two girls that we’ve talked a lot to the last couple of days,” Handley said. “For us to be successful we need them to have confidence...

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McNary senior leads The Snowman’s Dance

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes It’s not Christmas at City Dance Theatre until the studio’s annual performances of The Snowman’s Dance. “As much as Nutcracker is a tradition in the ballet world, this has become a tradition for our families,” director Zoe-Lisa Banton said. “My kids know nothing happens in my house until after Snowman’s over and then we do the tree and everyone’s ready.” McNary senior Sydney Martindale, who has been in the show all 10 years, agrees. “We always get our Christmas tree the day after Snowman,” she said. “It gets us ready.” The 11th annual performances will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon and 3 p.m. in McNary High School’s Ken Collins Theater. Tickets are available for $10 in advance at the studio or the door but the 3 p.m. show is nearly sold out. Martindale started at City Dance Theater in the first grade, was a snow bunny in the inaugural performance of The Snowman’s Dance and has worked her way up to playing the lead Snowman. When she’s not a snowman, Martindale has spent the past two summers working at Enchanted Forest as a princess and volunteering at Clear Lake Elementary. She’s also been in two musicals with the McNary drama department—Legally Blonde and Beauty and the Beast. The Snowman’s Dance features 165 kids, ages 2-18, from all over Salem-Keizer playing everything...

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Why virtual in a land of amazing beauty?

Oregon provides the most lovely settings and beautiful landscapes for enjoying life in the whole natural world. Most of America is a feast for the eyes of those fortunate enough to live here. What causes me considerable wonder is why so many Oregonians, and other Americans throughout our land, find it necessary to alter their consciousness through use of drugs, some legal like alcohol and marijuana, and others still illegal, like cocaine and heroin. Most Americans got along very well without those drugs in former times and, without them, were not risking their health and very own lives, and the lives of others who “get in their way,” because reality’s too much or not enough for them. One concludes that the ability to cope with life’s ups and downs, its disappointments from time to time, appears to have encouraged a loss of courage to face trials and errors among so many of us. Why do they not dig in to the free public education available to them, grades one through 12?  What is it that along the way stops them from seeking work of most any kind, including volunteer work to get started by trying this and that, so that they can learn how to work and thereby acquire a measure of self-respect and self-confidence: conditions of mind growth and development to serve them through the hard times rather than mind-warping drugs followed by thievery, homelessness or prison confinement, loss of self-respect, hope and the throwing away of life’s possibilities. Another means of...

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