Month: April 2017

Van Voorhis gets full ride to DePaul

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With top three times in the 100, 200 and 400 meter races, Brendan Van Voorhis was already all over the McNary track and field record book. Last week he continued to make his mark, becoming the first Celtic runner to sign with a Division-I program in 15 years. Van Voorhis signed with DePaul University on Friday, April 14 in the McNary library. “My coaches always talk about the kid that holds the record,” Van Voorhis said. “It would be cool if I could take that spot of the person they talk so highly...

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Ore. Treasury wants employees to have better plan than hope

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon State Treasury (OST) is trying to make it easier for employees to start saving for retirement – without employers incurring additional costs. Last week, Joel Metlen, a retirement analyst with the Oregon State Treasury, stopped by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday, April 11, to tell members about the coming changes. “The Oregon Retirement Savings program is an attempt at a solution to a large and growing program. People are living longer and not saving enough,” said Metlen. The retirement program, dubbed Oregon Saves and spearheaded by...

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Shelter gets parks grant amid dissent

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Rapids Park is on the path to getting it’s first picnic shelter thanks to the narrow approval of a matching grant request by the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Tuesday, April 11. The grant for $8,300 – all of the remaining funds in the matching grant budget for the fiscal year – will help cover the cost of a 16-foot by 24-foot covered picnic shelter near the sand volleyball courts on the northwest side of the park. The total cost of the project is estimated at $26,300. Hans Schneider, the driving...

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Up in the air

McNary girls finish 1-2 in long jump By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes A friendly rivalry between two young gymnasts has moved to track and field and McNary High School is reaping the benefits. When senior Alyssa Looney watched her teammate Courtney Giessinger long jump 17-00.05 at Oregon City on Saturday, April 15, she was not going to be outdone. Looney went 17-02.75 to get within a quarter of an inch of the school record and win the Willamette Falls Invitational. Ankle injuries kept Looney from jumping last season so it had been nearly two years since she went...

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Slater retires from KFD after 22 years

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After working 43 of the last 44 Keizer Fire District breakfasts, Dale Slater won’t be there on Mother’s Day this year, greeting guests at the door. But do not be alarmed. He’ll be back. Slater, a volunteer at KFD since December of 1994, retired last month to spend time with his new grandchild, born March 30 in New York. “I think we’re going to be in New York for the Mother’s Day breakfast but I will be coming back for those,” Slater confirmed. “Just because I’m not an active volunteer, there are many...

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