Author: Eric Howald

“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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Congressmen pack house at CCMS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A town hall hosted by Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Kurt Schrader drew a crowd of more than 400 people to Claggett Creek Middle School Saturday, Jan. 13. The congressmen took questions from the standing-room-only attendees and gave updates on their recent work in the halls of the U.S. Congress. Keizertimes and the Statesman Journal got a chance to speak with both men before the town hall (see related story, Page A1). Keizertimes is presenting the town hall in a question-and-answer format to preserve as much of the legislators’ intent as possible....

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Cinema greenlit at Keizer Station

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer is getting a movie theater. At its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Keizer City Council authorized City Manager Chris Eppley to sign a lease for a site in Keizer Station with the owner of Keizer Cinema 9 LLC, Charles Nakvasil. The site is located across from the Transit Center on Keizer Station Boulevard Northeast and the lease will net the city nearly $150,000 annually over at least the next 50 years. The cinema will have the option to extend the lease for up to 99 years. Construction is expected to begin...

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Magic on wheels

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When he was 3 years old, Keaton Weimer had a simple request: he wanted to be a pirate for Halloween. Keaton’s dad, Ryan, doesn’t seem to do anything in moderation. Keaton and two of his siblings were born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that will require the use of a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. Ryan didn’t see the wheelchair as a problem when Keaton asked to be a pirate, he used it as a canvas. “A pirate needs a ship,” Ryan said. “So we drew out some ideas,...

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Field fees on council agenda again Jan. 16

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council is expected to take a new look at fees charged for field usage at Keizer Little League Park during its next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. The meeting is taking place one day later than normal because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In December, the council considered a request by Keizer Little League (KLL) to raise field fees by $10 across the board. KLL manages the park under a contract with the city. The city council agreed to table the issue just as the exchange between representatives...

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