Author: Eric Howald

Doling out hope one food box at a time

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes I’m helping my third client of the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB) collect items for a food box when I notice that we’ve run out of laundry detergent. It’s not an absolute necessity, but it’s not the only thing that’s disappeared. There wasn’t much bar soap to begin with, ranch dressing is dwindling and the quarts of 1 percent milk left can be counted on one hand. My third client of the night means we’ve only helped about a dozen of the 20 families waiting for food boxes. There’s plenty of bread...

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Lessons in eclipse viewing from someone who saw the last one

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the total solar eclipse passes over Keizer on Monday, Aug. 21, the first instinct for many will be to pull out their phone or camera and try to capture a defining image. Steve Davidson, a photographer with Photos by Orion, advises against it. Primarily because there is a lot to miss if you’re only looking through a camera lens. “When I went to photograph the eclipse in 1979, I immediately went into my planned series of exposures changing shutter speeds and f-stops and it finally dawned on me that I hadn’t...

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KPD-based parole officer is a boon for department, clients

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Max Marshall had been in and out of prison four times when finally he connected with Eric Bandonis. “We formed a relationship because I accepted his accountability. He let me earn things like leaving the area to go fight wildfires,” Max said. “He’s given me references for other things and he’s been my best advocate. I’ve been off parole for a couple of years and he’s still a resource for me.” Bandonis is the Keizer Police Department’s resident Marion County Sheriff Office (MCSO) parole and probation officer. Unlike most parole and probation...

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