Author: Eric A. Howald

Spreading the word – via T-shirt

Debra Flowers had custom T-shirts made announcing her proud stance on COVID-19 vaccination and is hoping to get more supporters on board. ” The shirt gets a lot of positive response,” she said. Debra Flowers just wants to help the world smile again. She hopes a cheery, tie-dye T-shirt announcing[Read More…]

Ancient aquifer keeps city hydrated

It doesn’t require listening hard or long to grow concerned about water supplies. Whether it’s a shortage in far-flung countries or a chlorine treatment shortage in Oregon, the causes for water worry can be overwhelming. By contrast, Keizerites can rest easy knowing the city’s water supply is clean and won’t[Read More…]

Summer camps booked solid, build community

community events Salem-Keizer Public Schools are hosting nearly 200 camp sessions this summer, and it still wasn’t enough to meet the interest of students and families. “I am still getting calls every day to see if we can squeeze more kids in, but we are full,” said Nichole Spearman-Eskelson, the[Read More…]

Serenity in the tip of a pin

Monarch Health and Wellness owner Travis Bueckner with a reproduction of India’s Taj Mahal. It was Bueckner’s largest Lego project at the time and helped him process grief after his mother lost a battle with cancer. Bueckner’s mother is pictured in the photo above the model on a trip to[Read More…]

Legislature adjourns after doling out billions

Flush with an influx of federal aid, the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session ended with a flurry activity on Saturday, June 26.  Wildfires, social justice matters and helping the state recover from the pandemic topped the agenda for legislators.  Among the massive amounts allocated for various projects were:  • $9.3 billion[Read More…]

Cleaning up Keizer one Tuesday at a time

As part of the city’s duties in maintaining the stormwater system, staff members in the Environmental & Technical Division are launching a new effort with a messy name: Trashy Tuesday. “Hosting litter clean-ups is a tangible way to have a positive impact, but we are also hoping to provide a[Read More…]

Chamber picks new director

Corri Falardeau was promoted to executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. She started working for the chamber just before the pandemic and says the community is ready to get back together for KeizerFEST in August. Photo by LYNDON ZAITZ of Keizertimes Aside from the typical goals of someone[Read More…]