Day: November 24, 2017

Swim team participation, focus up

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s swim team keeps growing. After being late to the first week of practice for taking two trips from the high school to the Kroc Center, Celtics head coach Casey Lewin had to go to McNary athletic director Scott Gragg and get a bigger bus. “It’s a good problem to have,” said Lewin, who enters his fourth year as head coach. “I started out with about 35 my first year and each year add on some. It’s good. I’m excited.” McNary will enter the season with at least 60 swimmers, including 20 freshmen,...

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Celtics flying under the radar

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary graduated all five starters off of last season’s basketball team that reached the sweet sixteen for the third year in a row. Luckily for head coach Ryan Kirch, the Celtics return two players who would have probably started on most teams in seniors Chandler Cavell and Lucas Garvey. Kirch also liked what he saw from the new crop of players this summer, when five different guys scored over 20 points in a game. “We felt really good with where we’re at,” Kirch said. “We played and beat some pretty good teams. We’ll...

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Donald Eugene Denlinger

August 28, 1931 – November 15, 2017 Donald Eugene Denlinger passed away Nov. 15. He was 86. Denlingler was born August 28, 1931. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tyrene; daughters Debbie (Scott), Rebecca (Jerry), Sarah (Tom), and Michal (Mike); stepchildren Troy (Karla), Trinisha (Rod), and Tregg (Shanna); 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his first wife, Marilyn, mother of his daughters; his sisters, Janet and Jean.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Joy. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. at...

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For my holiday tradition I’ll say Christmas

By LYNDON ZAITZ We’re in that traditional transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas and other December holidays. On the fourth Thursday of November, many of us gather around a dinner table and solemnly say what  we are personally thankful for: good health, a job, a family, the new Taylor Swift CD and so forth. Then, on the day after, Black Friday and onward through Dec. 24, the focus is on what we want, not what we have. Wish lists are written and rewritten. Our Christmas would be great if only someone would give us the newest widget or the shiniest...

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No victory dance yet on tax bill

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS When the GOP House voted to repeal Obamacare in May, President Donald Trump invited supporters to the Rose Garden to celebrate with him and to pat themselves on the back for making history in record time. In the fall of his first year in office, Trump has come to understand that passing the halfway mark is no guarantee you’ll cross the finish line. Yet it took only three dissenting Republicans—Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona—to announce their opposition to a Senate bill before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided not to bring it to the floor in September. This go round, Trump is wiser to the ways of the swamp. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” Trump marveled in February—to the delight of his entrenched critics. On tax policy, on the other hand, Trump pretty much refrained from oddball assessments. When it comes to matters of the wallet, Trump has a long personal history. Another difference: Mark Harkins, senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, noted that Trump has refrained from lashing out at reluctant Republicans as he did on health care. Already Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has let his dissatisfaction with the current Senate tax bill be known. As Harkins sees it, that means Trump probably cannot afford to lose...

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