Author: Lyndon Zaitz

Matching goods to needs

At a time of expected cuts in social service spending by governments on every level due to budgetary constraints, the public—in some cases—can find quicker and more efficient results by turning to each other. That is what the Community Resource Network is doing in Marion County. The network is part of the county’s Community Services Department. It is a web-based network that connects resources to unmet needs through information sharing. It is not a bureaucracy, it is people helping people. An example cited by Tamra Goettsch, director of the Community Services Department, is about a goat. A young girl...

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Nothing eclipses festival

Keizer’s biggest community event kicks off Thursday night at the Keizerfest tent at the Lions Club on Cherry Avenue. Total Eclipse of the Heart, the 2017 Keizer Iris Festival is officially held all month long in May, but the big events started last weekend and continue through Sunday, May 21. This year’s theme was chosen to mark the total solar eclipse that will be visible in Keizer on Aug. 21. The public is invited to many festival activities, and there is something for everyone. The kick-off party is Thursday in the Keizerfest tent starting at 5 p.m. Cost is...

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Why McNary Kloset matters

McNary Kloset was unveiled at McNary High School last week to much fanfare. The Kloset is open and serving students who are in need. The project came from the collective minds of Audrey Butler and Stephanie Wittman of the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) a Keizer Chamber Foundation group along with counselor Kim Pittsley and assistant principal Rhonda Rhodes at McNary. Ms. Butler intended to donate some unused clothing to a consignment shop but she said something told her to call the school before proceeding. She asked the school if there was a need for clothing and found there...

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Budgetary frustrations

Keizer’s government is getting ready for budget committee meetings that will commence next month. The budget committee, comprised of all seven city councilors and seven citizens, will discuss and debate the budget as presented by the city manager and the finance director. After a series of public meetings the committee will vote on the budget recommendations they will forward to the city council for final approval in June. Every year in recent times, the city’s budget has resulted in frustration all around from committee members to councilors to residents. By its very nature a budget will disappoint people—pet projects...

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All share burden to get college-bound students scholarship info

This time of year high school seniors are rushing to fill out and submit applications for college scholarships. Each June McNary High School releases the names of all the students who have received scholarships. It is overwhelming to see the number of scholarships that are awarded each year. Some students are recipients of more than one scholarship, and good for them, they worked to maintain the grades needed to get a scholarship, plus they or someone they know were aware of where to look for scholarship money. There is always more money on the table to ask for. Some...

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