Author: Lyndon Zaitz

Kindness? Priceless…

Whew! We made it through 2019. We all have about a week of respite to sit back, relax, reflect and rest until we’re hit in the face with all that 2020 will offer: the impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate, primaries to determine the Democratic presidential nominee, and….and…[Read More…]

Cupboards are bare

During the holidays organizations in the area kick into high gear with their food basket delivery programs to households in need. That includes the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s Keizer Network of Women (KNOW), the Keizer Elks Club and Marion County Fire District #1.  The names of households receiving KNOW’s program[Read More…]

Alieving rent burden up to all of us

Keizer is a rent burdened city. Well, what city isn’t?  According to the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services, Keizer is a rent burdened city. Fifty-four percent of renters in Keizer spend more than a third of their monthly income on rent.  Of Keizer’s 5,215 renting households, more than a fourth[Read More…]

Turkey dashing

Runners take off from the starting line. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce annual Turkey Dash drew a throng of runners out for a 5K on a brisk Thanksgiving Day morning, Nov. 28.  Amy Ryan Courser and Bob Shackelford with the run mascot.  Lauren Smith . . . You have reached[Read More…]

Holiday shopping, meet small business

The day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. Some may consider it a frivolous event, but that is not true for the many small brick and mortar retailers, not just in Keizer but across the nation. Small Business Saturday was established in 2010 as a counter to Black Friday[Read More…]

Arboretum honors one man

One day in the future, visitors to Keizer Rapids Park will see a stand of trees in the southwest part of the park.  The visitors won’t have to wonder why they are there; there is a sign to mark the Keizer Rotary Arboretum in honor of Wilbur Bluhm. A long-time[Read More…]

Greg Frank, 1957-2019

There are two things one got right away when they met Charles “Greg” Frank: no one laughed louder or more heartily at his own jokes than Greg himself; and, his smile was as wide as an ocean and that smile put everyone at ease. Frank, a former chief of the Keizer[Read More…]

Proud to be 40 years old

Over the past 75 years Keizer has had two newspapers. The first, the Keizer News, was founded in 1948 and operated until 1969. Keizer went without its own community newspaper for 10 years until John Ettinger established the Keizertimes (we don’t know the origin of the unique spelling) in 1979. We[Read More…]

Girl’s Night

The team from Willamette Valley Bank (from left) Bailey Payne, Crystal Tyndall, Rebecca Downes, Jane Lowery, Mandi Stephens, Kennedy Traeger, Shannon Shore and Kourtnee Butler.  The Keizer Network of Women (KNOW), a Keizer Chamber of Commerce group, held its annual Percey Presents fund raising event on Thursday, Sept. 19, at[Read More…]

It goes by fast

The reunion organizing committee. Graduates of the McNary High School Class of 1969 gathered for a weekend of celebration and memories Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13 to Sept. 15. The reunion’s highlight was a dinner held at Scenic Valley Vineyard, north of Keizer. Co-chairs Bruce Chapin and Sandy Febach Armstrong[Read More…]