Day: January 26, 2018

Cinema deal first of its kind for Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sometime in the next 13 months, Keizer is getting a new stream of revenue for its general fund. Last week, the Keizer City Council signed a ground lease with a cinema developer for property Keizer owns on the west side of Keizer Station. Construction is expected to begin in March for a nine-screen theater across from the transit center on Keizer Station Boulevard. For Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley, the lease brought to fruition an idea he’d championed for most of his 18 years at city hall. When the cinema owner wanted...

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Forest Ridge students Kid Governor finalists

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jasmine Miller, 11, Keizer, closed her campaign video saying, “The best people to help children is children. Let’s do this together.” Helping children is why she decided to run for Oregon’s first Kid Governor. Miller and Cameron Vandecoevering, both fifth graders at Forest Ridge Elementary, were selected as two of eight finalists. After an election, which included votes from more than 1,300 fifth graders from across the state, Dom Peters, of Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks, was named the winner. Miller and Vandecoevering attended his inauguration at the state capitol on Jan....

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Gubser neighborhood rakes in food, cash for Food Share

The Gubser Miracle of Lights Christmas had a banner 2017 season resulting in a major donation to the Marion-polk Food Share at the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association last week. The 24-day run of the lights display yielded financial donations of $28,926.79 (an average of more than $1,000 per day) and record 27,180 pounds of donated food. Volunteers tending the donation booth also gave out a record 34,000 candy canes. The cash donation is equivalent to more than 109,000 meals for local families in need, said Rick Guapo, president of the food share. In the past five years, the Miracle...

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Honoring multi-taskers

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce held its annual First Citizen banquet last Saturday and they hit it out of the park with the four who won awards. Joe Egli was announced as Keizer’s First Citizen Award to sustained applause. The creators seemed to have Egli in mind when they conceived of the award. Few First Citizens have had their fingerprints in so many different areas of Keizer life. His resume is dizzying. A life-long Oregonian and a long-time Keizerite Egli has served in public capacities, committee member; he served one term as a Keizer City Councilor. A born leader, Egli has served as president of both the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and the Keizer Rotary Club. But it is in his role as resident he has displayed his most far-reaching influence. Every major project in Keizer over the past two decades has had Egli as a cheerleader. His gift for rallying support and volunteers for projects as diverse as The Big Toy, the artificial turf at McNary High School, leadership of the Iris Festival and his the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation is legendary. Egli and his wife Shelly comprise one of the most productive teams when it comes to their home. He does what is needed to be done without seeking the spotlight or credit. As he said himself as he accepted his award, it’s all about the people in...

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No more soap

Don Vowell, a long-time contributor to this page with his A Box of Soap column passed away on Dec. 15. His irreverant writing will be dearly missed. Vowell, who retired as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, enjoyed mixing things up and making people think. His frequent columns certainly did that. His writings amused many but some of his writings also rose the ire of others. That’s what writing should do: elicit emotion. In his retirement years he turned to natural photography. He had the patience of a saint, waited for hours to get just the right photograph. He posted many on his Facebook page. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a Don Vowell wildlife shot and a wildlife shot in a National Geographic magazine. Don had a whimsical look on life and shared it widely. With tongue firmly planted in cheek he considered running for mayor back in the 1990s. He even had a campaign logo: Join the Vowell Movement. Needless to say, his political career never got off the ground. We enjoyed his columns because we never knew what he was going to address. He covered a myrid of subjects over the dozens of columns that ran for more than 20 years. Don Vowell’s voice will be missed, but his columns will live on in our archives and our hearts.  ...

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