Month: February 2017

Students sew for outdoor school

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Cummings Elementary School fifth graders are sewing their way to outdoor school. All 77 students made pillowcases to be sold for $10 to their own parents when they attend the school’s choir concert on Thursday, March 2. “Rather than selling candy, they decided to do a project where the kids learn a skill at the same time they are doing a fundraiser,” Cummings Principal Martina Mangan said. Each kid chose their own fabric, more than half of which was donated by The Cotton Patch in Keizer. Another local business, Bernina Stretch and Sew...

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Tea fundraiser a hit for Keizer library

The Keizer Community Library held its annual fundraiser, Afternoon Tea at the Library, at the Keizer Heritage Center on Sunday, Feb. 19. About 80 people attended the event which included tea, a light tea time menu, live music and readings from Oregon poet Sue Patterson Home-schooled children acted as servers for the tea. Violinist Martha Hughes entertained as the attendees found their tables, bid in a silent auction and inspected raffle items. Four generations of the McCarty family were in attendance. Marie McCarty, a former library volunteer was joined by her daughter Kathleen LaMear, granddaughter Amy Thomas and great-granddaughter...

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Viewing the eclipse through our ancestors’ eyes

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will pass over the breadth of the United States for the first time since 1918. While the ease with which we access information now allows us remove the mystique from celestial events. That wasn’t always the case. In preparation for the eclipse, the Keizertimes is taking a periodic looks at the significance of eclipses and the evolving ways humans view them. We’re starting by looking way back. Our ancestors blamed everything from demons to animals to wars between heavenly bodies as the cause for eclipses of...

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Black student dropout rate spotlighted at SKSB meeting

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes The dropout problem, especially involving African-American students, took up much of Salem-Keizer School Board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14. While it was not an action item, the board heard several comments from the audience, largely calling for the Community School Outreach Coordinator to expand from its focus on English Language learners to become involved with the problems of black students. “We need to institutionalize support for African-American students,” was one of the comments from Phil Decker of Salem, principal of Four Corners Elementary School. Benny Williams of Salem, president of the Salem-Keizer branch of...

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