Day: July 28, 2017

McNary finishes second, third in 4-H

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Both of McNary’s girls soccer teams reached the championship game in their respective 4-H league divisions this summer. But that’s not what has head coach AJ Nash excited about the upcoming fall season. “There’s three rules in summer league soccer and they’re don’t get hurt, don’t get hurt, don’t get hurt,” Nash said. “It means nothing. It’s just to stay fit and it’s more recreational in nature. It’s meant for fitness and relationship development, not for adding to the trophy collection. That trophy is not the one we care about.” Instead, Nash’s takeaway...

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McNary choir, band kids tour Europe

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary choir director Joshua Rist was walking through Paris with a small group of high school students when they came across a medieval-style cathedral. Open to the public, Rist and the students decided to walk in and give an impromptu performance of Locus iste by Anton Bruckner. “We had a song ready to sing so I just conducted these seven kids,” Rist said. “You could just see them experience with their own voices these incredible acoustics. It was special for those kids.” Rist was in Europe as part of an Oregon Ambassadors of...

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Push is on for eclipse volunteers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With the Keizer Eclipse Festival less than a month away, the push is on for local volunteers to help with the efforts. The Keizer Parks Foundation is hosting a campground at Keizer Rapids Park for visitors hoping to catch sight of the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The Keizer Festival Advisory Board discussed many of the plans at a meeting Monday, July 24. Volunteers are needed throughout the weekend for a variety of tasks, but also beforehand. Volunteer Allen Barker is looking for assistance at the park in the evenings of...

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Never forget Korean War veterans

To the Editor: A time to remember. This year marks the 64th anniversary of the cease fire of the Korean War. A war by executive decision beginning 25 June, 1950, and continuing to 27 July 1953. This brutal conflict lasted 37 months and claimed more than 37,000 American lives, averaging 1,000 combat deaths per month. This equates to the population of the city of Keizer. (Something to think about.) The cease fire became effective at 2200 (10:00 p.m.) July 27, 1953. A truce had been signed, an armistice had been agreed upon, however a peace agreement has not been completed, therefore, the Korean War has not officially ended. There are three memorials in the Willamette Valley dedicated to those men and women who fought and died in Korea fighting the war under the United Nations command. The first memorial completed is located at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland and was the project of the Chosin Few, survivors of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Located in a beautiful setting and easy to find. The second and largest memorial, sponsored by the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association and dedicated in 2000 is located in Wilsonville. Engraved in the wall are the names of Oregonians who died in combat in Korea. A recent addition to the memorial is a life-size statue of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander...

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Council’s fee votes violate city charter

To the Editor: “The law is reason free from passion.” —Aristole The city council of Keizer has just voted to add a fee for the police and parks to our water /sewer bill. I am quite sure their actions in doing so are heartfelt and justified in their own minds. They are even considering changing the name of, Water and Sewer Fee to a more all encompassing title of City Services Bill. In doing this, an illegal act occurs by adding a third party to our Water and Sewer Bills. To do so legally requires amending the city charter (a contract between a governing body and its citizens), which was last done by public vote in November, 1993. The Keizer City Charter has two specific sections: 36—“Special assessments for public improvements or other services to be charged against real property;” and, 43—“Water revenue use—All revenue, shall be used exclusively to pay for the water department fund expenses.” The city charter is a contract between a city’s governing body and its citizens, and cannot be altered, nor added to, in any manner, without the consent of the governing body and the vote of its citizens which is the will of the people. In all service agreement contracts, including the state of Oregon’s own contract, there is a ‘no third party beneficiaries clause’: “Nothing in this contract gives any benefit or...

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