Day: January 27, 2017

Chamber honors volunteers with lengthy resumes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Banquet Saturday, Jan. 21, proved to be a night of unexpected surprises. In the end, four longtime Keizer volunteers received recognition for efforts that span into every corner of the community. The First Citizen Award went to Jim Trett, a former spokesperson and public education officer for the Keizer Fire District and continuing volunteer with Keizer youth; Bob Shackelford, a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, was named Merchant of the Year; Larry Smith, a longtime coach and mentor in Keizer sports received the Service to Education Award; and Dave Walery was honored with the President’s Award by Scott White, the outgoing president of the Keizer Chamber board of directors. Trett was introduced by Mark Caillier, the 2015 recipient of the award. “When I received the award last year, I went and talked with other first citizens to ask them about their experience and what receiving it had meant to them,” Caillier said. “Mostly, they felt like they couldn’t slow down to honor the spirit of the award. I think our honoree this year is going to raise the bar for volunteerism in Keizer.” Trett’s list of volunteer efforts nearly caused Callier to run out of breath, but include: mentoring and fostering youth, membership in the Oregon ski patrol, city councilor, mayor, and basically volunteering...

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McNary halfway through league play

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary boys basketball coach Ryan Kirch knew playing in the Greater Valley Conference would be tough. He just didn’t realize how tough. “By far it’s the best league in the state for a number of reasons,” Kirch said. “One, there’s some very good coaching. Two, there’s some very good players. Three, there’s a lot of different styles. You’ve got a McKay team who runs the ball up and down the floor. South Salem can slow it down on you with some really good guard play. Sprague’s got a dominant post player. Forest Grove’s got great coaching. Every game is mentally draining. It makes it fun but it’s a real challenge to make sure you’ve got to be up and ready to go at all times or anybody can beat you.” The Celtics went 6-2 in their first run through league play with their only losses coming in low scoring contests against West Salem and South Salem. “The tempo was not in our favor,” Kirch said. “We recognize that teams might want to slow us down a little bit, which I would want to do the same thing if I was playing us. So we just have to do a better job of being able to execute in the half court and not become rushed. We get a little lost mentally and out of...

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Men of the hour

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce held its annual award banquet last Saturday, honoring four men who have played an outsized role in the community. James Trett was announced as Keizer’s First Citizen for 2016. He stepped up to the microphone to thunderous applause from the attendees, with a shocked, yet humble look on his face. Trett’s biggest impact over the past four decades has been his work with Keizer’s youth. His work as the Keizer Fire District’s public education officer brought him in contact with students at schools. Growing from that role Trett soon was teaching first aid and CPR to kids. His work with kids did not stop when he left the public education post. Whiteaker Middle School was  his second home as he assisted with the choir program and other duties around the school. The Chamber recognized him the first time in 2006 when he was presented with the Service to Education award. Keizer is what it is because of people exactly like Jim Trett. He is a person who always asks “How can I help?” Like all good volunteers, Trett does what he does out of duty and passion, not recognition. His quiet demeanor belies a fierce determination to do what is right and fair. All those that know Jim Trett personally is his friend; he’d have it no other way. Trett’s choice as the First...

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Rarin’ to go in 2017

From the Capitol by Bill Post On January 9, 2017, I took the oath of office as state representative from House District 25 (Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg) for the second time. I can assure you that other than the fact I had some kind of flu virus, the thrill was not one iota less than it was the first time in 2015.  To stand with 59 other citizens from all over the state of Oregon, citizens who decided to take the plunge and jump into public office, some for the first time, some for the 10th time, all willing to put aside family and free time to serve this state and its citizens, well, that was just a plain honor.  Just as it is an honor to serve the good people of Keizer for another term. Many ask “What’s it like being on the House floor for the swearing in?” I can tell you that it is a very exciting moment when you are asked by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, to raise your right hand and then to solemnly swear to uphold the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions.  Then to sign a document saying the same and knowing that you are one of only 90 members between the House and Senate, to sign that document.  It’s something I will never get used to. So what...

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