Day: April 14, 2017

Coach gives McNary experienced voice

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes In his mid 60s, Bob Plantz was still giving lessons but thought he was probably done coaching baseball on a team when he got a call from a former player. It was Larry Keeker at McNary. He needed a pitching coach and wanted to know if Plantz was interested. The two met at Applebee’s. “It was a little bit of a surprise,” Plantz said. “I had to check with my wife and she said, ‘Get out of the house.’ It was real easy (to say yes). In all seriousness, Larry does a fantastic...

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Get hopping

Egg hunts abound Saturday Egg hunts arrive en force this weekend in celebration of Easter. Here are some of the locally available options. • Kroc Center Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 15. Field opens at 9:30 a.m. Hunt starts at 10 a.m. Overflow parking down the street at Excel Photo 1750 Salem Industrial Drive N.E. • Keizer Christian Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. • Easterpalooza is Saturday, April 15, at First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa Street, N.E., in Salem. Egg hunts (times for specific age groups available at, pancake feeds, bounce...

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Daycare shut down by DHS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The sign on the door claims Iris Valley Learning Center, 530 Dietz Avenue N.E., was closed by the Oregon Department of Human Services due to “paperwork issues.” The truth is that the closure came after repeated violations of staffing and sanitation rules for child care facilities. “Going back several years, we would find issues at the site related to staff or sanitation and we would add additional support and supervision. Things would improve for a while then go back to where they were when we stepped in,” said Dawn Woods, child care...

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Support for Mark Bateman

To the Editor: Mark Bateman is an excellent candidate for the Salem-Keizer School Board. I have observed him in public meetings which had complex issues, emotional overtones and multiple points of view. He is respectful, a great listener and asks questions that go to the heart of the matter.  Further, he is analytical and clearly looks at the “big picture.” I cannot think of a more important issue than the education of our children and grandchildren. As the S-K School Board makes policy decisions, it needs members like Mark Bateman. Dave Smedema Keizer To the Editor: I write to...

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Budgetary frustrations

Keizer’s government is getting ready for budget committee meetings that will commence next month. The budget committee, comprised of all seven city councilors and seven citizens, will discuss and debate the budget as presented by the city manager and the finance director. After a series of public meetings the committee will vote on the budget recommendations they will forward to the city council for final approval in June. Every year in recent times, the city’s budget has resulted in frustration all around from committee members to councilors to residents. By its very nature a budget will disappoint people—pet projects...

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