Month: August 2017

Volcanoes finish first half 16-22

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Two more big Boise innings gave the Boise Hawks a 10-4 win in Sunday’s rubber game of this Volcano road series, the last game played before Tuesday’s all-star contest. Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game during the four innings of Jason Bahr’s first start of the season. The Volcanoes got a run in the fourth and four in the fifth, followed by one each in the sixth and seventh and three in the eighth. In the top of the first, Malique Ziegler singled to center field, went to second base as...

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Champions train at Kroc Center

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Dan Dunn-coached boxers won two more belts at the Ringside World Championships on July 24-29 in Independence, Mo. But that’s not the number Dunn keeps track of. “I have 498 bachelor’s degrees, 18 master’s and five doctorate’s from kids that have went through my program,” Dunn said as of March. “That’s what I’m most proud of. I’ve got national champions but it’s not about the sport. It’s about helping people become better people.” Dunn’s two most decorated Wildcat boxers, Brittany Sims, of Salem, and Omar Murillo, Beaverton, are amateurs and waiting to finish...

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Why inclusivity matters

The biggest struggle I encountered as a volunteer tutor to adults studying for their GED tests was figuring out ways to make the lessons relevant to their lives. I came away from many lessons feeling as though I’d done as well as I could, but one night in particular I caught lightning in a bottle. The topic that evening was using and interpreting implication and inference in language. I’m not sure what my original lesson plan was, but it became apparent that my charges were struggling as I stumbled through it. Fortunately, another idea appeared, rising like a phoenix from the ashes of my original plan. We began talking about the first three words of the Constitution, “We the people,” and how the implied and inferred meanings of those words changed over time as it relates to citizenship and voting. When the document was drafted “the people” implied Protestant, property-owning, heterosexual, white males.  As is the way of such things, the people made things worse before it got better. Here are some of the obstacles to voting that had to be cleared in the past 241 years: • Limiting citizenship to “free white” immigrants (1790). • Removing property ownership requirements (1856). • Denying voting rights based on race (1870). • Allowing women to vote (1920). • Granting voting rights to all Native Americans (1947). • Forbidding the use of...

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Who keeps saying ‘it’s not like old times?’

This true story certainly expresses people who care, are concerned and are willing to go out of the way to help: I gave my note, ‘I would like to know if the kitchen would lend me a fry pan?” to our server at the dinning area in Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community as she took our breakfast order. Before she came back with my breakfast, Eric (Human Resources) came over to me and said, “Don, Missy (Melissa Davis, Dietary Office) is out but she will be in touch with you this afternoon.” “Thank you,” I said and to my table mate Glenda, “They sure are quick and personal around here.” I had several business calls and I was out until after lunch time when I came back to pick up my mail when I heard, “Don, I have some frying pans for you.” This came from Missy Davis, our all around excellent cook, server, in charge of the kitchen, meals, menus and personal duties that would stagger most people. “Don, which one do you like, large, or medium sized pan?” “Wow that’s quick service. I’ll take the medium one.” “When you are through just return it to the kitchen,” Missy said as she scurried to her restaurant work. Now this goes back to my original statement—For all of you who keep saying, “It’s not like the old times.” “No. It’s...

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