Month: February 2017

“Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation” by Alan Burdick

“Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation” by Alan Burdick c.2017, Simon & Schuster $28.00 / $37.00 Canada 301 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your last vacation was really fun. Those seven days felt like ten minutes. And then you were back to work, where ten minutes can seem like seven days. Why is that?  How come enjoyable things whiz by fast and why do you wake up seconds before the alarm goes off?  Read “Why Time Flies” by Alan Burdick, and just watch… What time is it?  Chances are, you ask that question many times a day,...

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Wolverines take on Kindness Challenge

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle was one of over eight thousand schools worldwide to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge last year. This year, Feb. 6-10, Whiteaker counselor Pat Curran would like to see that kindness spread throughout Keizer as Mayor Cathy Clark will declare it Great Kindness Challenge Week at the Monday, Feb. 6 city council meeting. “We’re trying to get the businesses on River Road that have a reader board to put something up about the Great Kindness Challenge, just to get more people involved because what we’d eventually like this to be is...

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St. Ed volunteers pitch in to help homeless families

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Stacey Armstrong, her husband and two teenage daughters were evicted from their apartment on Dec. 6. “We were supposed to go to court, but we never got the paperwork telling us when we were supposed to be there. I dropped off a money order for the rent after hours, but the (apartment manager) said they never got it. It was devastating,” said Armstrong. She and her husband immediately put their name on waiting lists at local shelters, and spent the next two weeks living in motels. When that became too expensive, they...

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KFD honors excellence with annual awards

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Keizer firefighter Matt Dryden pinches himself all the time. “I always wanted to work at Keizer Fire District,” Dryden said. “I’m ecstatic to be here. I was tripping over myself to get my application in. It is truly a huge gift to me, just to work here.” That enthusiasm is just one reason Dryden was voted both Keizer Fire’s 2016 Rookie and Employee of the Year by the district’s captains and chief officers. “Matt is always very happy and cheerful and smiling,” KFD Public Education Specialist Anne-Marie Storms said. Dryden also has a strong work ethic. “You ask him to do something, he’s going to see it to the very end,” Captain Aaron Pittis said. “You never have to worry about any issues whatsoever. Say it once and it’s done.” Dryden, who grew up on a farm between Monitor and Woodburn, moved to Keizer in 2001. He started at KFD as a volunteer in 2005 as a way to meet people and get involved in the community. “I had no envision of making it a career,” Dryden said. “I caught the bug and after a year or so thought I would really like to make this a career. It’s a great way to make a difference in people’s lives.” Dryden remained a volunteer firefighter for five years and began taking classes at Chemeketa...

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Celtics hold on, win first dual

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With McNary holding on to a four-point lead entering the final match of the night, all Noah Gatchet had to do was not get pinned. But the Celtic freshman decided to do his team one better, picking up a 11-6 decision over Kelton Bollier as McNary defeated South Salem 43-36 on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Gatchet trailed 4-0 before earning 10 straight points in the second period and holding on for the victory. “I can’t think of another kid with a bigger heart on our team and he knew his job when he stepped out on that mat,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “Instead of being satisfied with not getting pinned, he stayed in good position, he scored points, put the guy on his heels and won that match. Hands down one of the most savvy and intelligent wrestling freshmen I’ve seen come through this program in a while. That’s having the right mindset, not being satisfied with a mediocre job but seeking a higher job and a higher purpose and going after it. I will always promote our kids, win, lose, or draw, always wrestle to win and you’ll find yourself in a good place.” While the Celtics celebrated Gatchet’s performance, even picking up the 106-pounder on their shoulders and chanting, “Noah, Noah,” Ebbs noted the dual victory, McNary’s first of the...

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