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Keizerite Elizabeth Grabotin named ICES local coordinator

Elizabeth Grabotin of Keizer has been named a local coordinator for International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES).

ICES is an international nonprofit youth exchange organization committed to educational study abroad programs. International Cultural Exchange Service, headquarted in West Virginia, promotes peace by advancing international awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of American families and exchange students from all over the world.

$9K in matching park grants available

At the Feb. 21 Keizer City Council meeting, Lisa Cejka of the Keizer Parks Advisory Board gave a report that including the reminder that there is $9,400 in grant money for parks projects.

Projects funded in part by the city’s Parks Matching Grant Program must be completed by June 30.

Marion Co. syphilis cases rising at nearly 4X the national rate

A surge in syphilis cases has caused the Marion County Health and Human Services (MCHHS) to urge residents to get tested.

Across the country, cases rose nearly 59% from 2017-2021, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But MCHHS reports that from 2018-2022, Marion County has seen an increase of 216%, nearly four times the national rate from the previous year’s data.