Author: Eric Howald

Parks survey results expected Monday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The results of the Keizer parks survey are expected to be released at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday, April 3. The survey took months to plan and Keizer residents had three-and-a-half months to respond to the query that asked about priorities for the city’s parks and support for a fee to create a dedicated parks fund. The Keizer City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee discussed the results briefly at their March meeting and provided a glimpse of...

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RARE Bears spotted at Keizer sewing shop

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Judy Craig is looking for local seamstresses willing to turn out a sloth of cloth bears while learning some new skills along the way. Last week, Craig, owner of Bernina Stretch & Sew Fabrics on River Road, launched the store’s RARE Bear campaign. Over the next few months, she’s inviting patrons and newcomers to visit the shop for a five-hour sewing lesson that results in a stuffed bear that will be given to a child with a rare disease. “Each bear gets it’s own tag that’s sewn in with a serial number...

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Matching grants jettisoned for skate park repairs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The immediate future of Keizer’s Carlson Skate Park was on the line at a meeting of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Tuesday, March 14. The board was faced with a decision of suspending a matching grant program to cover much-needed repairs at the park or a looming closure of Carlson if it continues to deteriorate. After a lengthy discussion, board members decided to suspend the matching grant program in favor of repairs at Carlson. Reaching a resolution meant moving forward under the assumption that the parks department would receive no...

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Students need bus funds for Day of Service

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Whiteaker Middle School teacher James Decker is looking for help to turn Whiteaker students into a one-day,volunteer army. Decker, and some of his students, spoke to members of the Keizer City Council Monday, March 20, to ask for donations to pay for buses that would carry students to sites around the area for a Day of Service in June. “There is less and less civic engagement, and a community that thrives works together,” said Decker. “We would like to be at the forefront of that change.” Decker hopes to secure $2,000 to...

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Burglary underscores need for more officers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A 42-year-old Salem man, found stuck in a window and bleeding, is in cuffs after allegedly attempting to burglarize Keizer’s One Stop Smoke Shop in the wee hours of Thursday, March 16. But it wasn’t Keizer Police officers who responded to the call. At 12:51 a.m., the Keizer Police Department were contacted by a private security officer who responded to a burglary alarm at the store located at 3926 River Road North in Keizer. When the security officer arrived on the scene to check the business he found a burglary suspect stuck...

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