By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
It may be a new school year, but a nagging old problem has resurfaced at McNary High School.
The concession stand at the football field was broken into sometime last weekend. The stand was used during the Sept. 19 JV football game – won by McNary 44-27 – and then closed up for the night. When Keizer Rotary member Ron Hudkins checked on the stand around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, he saw it had been broken into.
“I said, ‘Oh great, not again,’” Hudkins said.
When the concession stand was broken into after a track meet last spring, it was noted that was the fourth such incident in just a year.
Now, once again, volunteers with the McNary Booster Club will have to use funds intended for helping students to instead replace stolen items. The booster club runs the concession stand along with Keizer Rotary.
“It’s just a concession stand burglary on the surface, but it has an impact on those trying to raise some money,” said Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department, a longtime Keizer Rotary leader. “It is happening too much. Just once is too much.”
Hudkins saw the pried open window as he approached the stand last Sunday.
“When I came through the main door coming in, I noticed the serving window was open,” he said. “I noticed stuff was strewn around inside. I was trying to not get all excited. I was thinking, ‘What are we going to do here?’ It looked like someone pried open the serving window. It’s not much fun.”
Based on an inventory from booster club treasurer Scott Kaiser, McNary Booster Club president Rhonda Brattain said most of the items taken belonged to her group.
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