Author: Eric Howald

Egli named Keizer First Citizen

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whoever follows Joe Egli as Keizer’s First Citizen will have a high bar to clear. Egli’s long list of community involvement includes the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Keizer, Keizer Iris Festival, McNary High School, the City of Keizer and the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF). Egli was honored as First Citizen on Saturday, Jan. 20, at an awards banquet sponsored by the Keizer Chamber and Bonaventure Senior Living. He was one of four annual award winners that included Merchant of the Year Larry Jackson, Service to Education Award winner Jason...

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No change to field rates at KLL park

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There will be no change to the field usage rates at Keizer Little League Park for 2018. Keizer Little League President Brad Arnsmeier withdrew a request for an across-the-board $10 increase to the field rates via email before the Keizer City Council was slated to take up the issue at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. “After much consideration and discussion among the members of our board we feel that it is not the time to ask for an increase in fees,” Arnsmeier wrote in a message to City Manager Chris Eppley. “We...

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Smaller capacity, luxury seating planned

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s new cinema is shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets in town. While the theater will be smaller than some others in the area, designer James Blissett said it will have some of the most luxurious seating – recliner seats that will allow the audience to relax in a nearly prone position. Blissett is president of Seattle-based The Design Collective. “It’s the latest thing for theaters, it means there are half as many seats per screen but attendance usually doubles,” Blissett said. According to Blissett, the timeline for the...

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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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“Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL” by Dr. Jen Welter with Stephanie Krikorian

“Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL” by Dr. Jen Welter with Stephanie Krikorian c.2017, Seal Press $26.00 / $34.00 Canada 266 pages That was the lousiest call, ever. Obviously, the ref wasn’t paying attention. He was looking the other way, he dropped the flag by accident, he must be wearing a blindfold. The ref was wrong, but in the new book “Play Big” by Dr. Jen Welter (with Stephanie Krikorian), the game is right. At first, it was tennis. When little Jen Welter’s mother suggested that her daughters pick just one after-school activity, Welter chose tennis and became obsessed with it. She practiced non-stop and ultimately beat players much older than she, but a coach’s dismissive words caused her to give up the game. Rugby stole her heart in college and that led to a try-out for the Massachusetts Mutiny, a women’s pro football team. Though Welter was “small,” she used it to her advantage; once on the team, she knew football was her destiny. It wasn’t going to make her rich, though: she was paid a dollar a game her first season, though the situation got better after she gained a championship ring for the “women’s football Super Bowl” and she moved to Dallas to play with the Diamonds. Later, she played in the IFAF Women’s World Championship. She’d...

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