Day: May 19, 2017

Hello Iris Festival!

Parade is Saturday By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Months of planning on the part of volunteers with the Keizer Chamber of Commerce come to fruition this weekend with the annual Keizer Iris Festival. The festival brings a slew of live music, numerous smaller-scale events and, of course, the Valey Credit Service Iris Festival Parade. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, the parade travels from Lockhaven Drive North south on River Road to Glynbrook Drive North. “We have about 80 entries right now and I expect about 10 more to roll in by the end of the...

Read More

DeMello coming home

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With its third volleyball coach in three years, McNary athletic director Scott Gragg wanted someone who was committed long term. In Crystal DeMello, who grew up in Keizer and played for the Lady Celts, he found that coach. “The last question I asked her: ‘Why do you want to coach at McNary’ and she said ‘these girls deserve the commitment of a coach that’s going to spend the time and energy in building this program,’” Gragg told the McNary volleyball team after school on Tuesday, May 16. “She remembers this program when it...

Read More

Are we there yet?

Movement is slow on numerous new businesses in Keizer By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A number of sites throughout Keizer are being eyed by businesses small and large, not the least of which is a second grocery store. While news on some of the projects is minimal at this point, the Keizertimes receives regular requests for updates on where the projects stand. Here are some of the highlights of what is known about the current situations at each location. In October 2016, Winco announced it would open a smaller-scale store, Waremart by Winco, at the location formerly occupied...

Read More

Matching goods to needs

At a time of expected cuts in social service spending by governments on every level due to budgetary constraints, the public—in some cases—can find quicker and more efficient results by turning to each other. That is what the Community Resource Network is doing in Marion County. The network is part of the county’s Community Services Department. It is a web-based network that connects resources to unmet needs through information sharing. It is not a bureaucracy, it is people helping people. An example cited by Tamra Goettsch, director of the Community Services Department, is about a goat. A young girl...

Read More

Nothing eclipses festival

Keizer’s biggest community event kicks off Thursday night at the Keizerfest tent at the Lions Club on Cherry Avenue. Total Eclipse of the Heart, the 2017 Keizer Iris Festival is officially held all month long in May, but the big events started last weekend and continue through Sunday, May 21. This year’s theme was chosen to mark the total solar eclipse that will be visible in Keizer on Aug. 21. The public is invited to many festival activities, and there is something for everyone. The kick-off party is Thursday in the Keizerfest tent starting at 5 p.m. Cost is...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2