Author: Lyndon Zaitz

Urban play stations

The city is surveying utility payers about their level of interest in and support of Keizer’s 19 parks. Respondents are asked if they would support an addition of up to $8 per month to upgrade and maintain them. Neighborhood and regional parks are a key offering of a city’s quality of life. People like parks and they help maintain property values. Parks, both big and small, are the recreation hubs in our neighborhoods. The lack of entertainment and recreation options in Keizer have always ranked high on the livability surveys. Kids, especially teens, are notoriously hard to keep busy...

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Everyone likes to win

By LYNDON ZAITZ Everyone likes to win—an award, a ribbon, a title, a contest. The recent Academy Awards made me think about the awards and honors I have won. It was my first award that was like winning an Oscar. I had won a contest or two before my big win on May 19, 1976.  In second grade at Keizer Elementary School I won a coupon for a free 19¢ burger at Bob’s Burgers for having my poster design chosen as the winner. I can’t even remember what the topic was—don’t care; I won. By 1976 I had traded...

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Tea fundraiser a hit for Keizer library

The Keizer Community Library held its annual fundraiser, Afternoon Tea at the Library, at the Keizer Heritage Center on Sunday, Feb. 19. About 80 people attended the event which included tea, a light tea time menu, live music and readings from Oregon poet Sue Patterson Home-schooled children acted as servers for the tea. Violinist Martha Hughes entertained as the attendees found their tables, bid in a silent auction and inspected raffle items. Four generations of the McCarty family were in attendance. Marie McCarty, a former library volunteer was joined by her daughter Kathleen LaMear, granddaughter Amy Thomas and great-granddaughter...

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A healthy city

The wheels of government turn slowly. In many cases that is a good thing because government bodies need to assure that policy making and budgeting have many moving parts and all interests and consequences need to be considered. There are times when the wheels of government do not need to slow to a crawl, especially when it concerns free money. The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, funded by Kaiser Permanente and other partners, is designed to play a role in reversing the trend toward sedentary behavior (think watching TV and playing video games for hours on end)...

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Boost academics

Athletics at McNary High School has a club of boosters—a non-profit organization comprised mainly of parents of the students who play sports. The choir and band programs also have organized boosters. Boosters not only support the programs but are also a big source of fund raising. Athletics and arts should be supported and boosted. We call on the administration of McNary High School to set the stage for creating academic booster clubs—after all, students are attending school primarily to learn and achieve scholastic excellence. Imagine the powerful message that would be sent with the establishment of a Mathematics Booster...

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