Author: Lyndon Zaitz

Tea fundraiser a hit for Keizer library

The Keizer Community Library held its annual fundraiser, Afternoon Tea at the Library, at the Keizer Heritage Center on Sunday, Feb. 19. About 80 people attended the event which included tea, a light tea time menu, live music and readings from Oregon poet Sue Patterson Home-schooled children acted as servers for the tea. Violinist Martha Hughes entertained as the attendees found their tables, bid in a silent auction and inspected raffle items. Four generations of the McCarty family were in attendance. Marie McCarty, a former library volunteer was joined by her daughter Kathleen LaMear, granddaughter Amy Thomas and great-granddaughter...

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A healthy city

The wheels of government turn slowly. In many cases that is a good thing because government bodies need to assure that policy making and budgeting have many moving parts and all interests and consequences need to be considered. There are times when the wheels of government do not need to slow to a crawl, especially when it concerns free money. The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, funded by Kaiser Permanente and other partners, is designed to play a role in reversing the trend toward sedentary behavior (think watching TV and playing video games for hours on end)...

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Boost academics

Athletics at McNary High School has a club of boosters—a non-profit organization comprised mainly of parents of the students who play sports. The choir and band programs also have organized boosters. Boosters not only support the programs but are also a big source of fund raising. Athletics and arts should be supported and boosted. We call on the administration of McNary High School to set the stage for creating academic booster clubs—after all, students are attending school primarily to learn and achieve scholastic excellence. Imagine the powerful message that would be sent with the establishment of a Mathematics Booster...

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Call it a day for EDC

Is it time to put a stake through the heart of the city’s Economic Development Commission? The commission, established by the Keizer City Council in 2014, has not met on its original quarterly schedule; many times there are up to five members absent from sessions. This is no way to run a city commission. The Economic Development Commission, headed by Mayor Cathy Clark, serves in an advisory capacity to the city council and is charged with providing recommendations regarding economic development in the city. The commission is supposed to establish a network of communications between resources and talents within...

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Men of the hour

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce held its annual award banquet last Saturday, honoring four men who have played an outsized role in the community. James Trett was announced as Keizer’s First Citizen for 2016. He stepped up to the microphone to thunderous applause from the attendees, with a shocked, yet humble look on his face. Trett’s biggest impact over the past four decades has been his work with Keizer’s youth. His work as the Keizer Fire District’s public education officer brought him in contact with students at schools. Growing from that role Trett soon was teaching first aid and CPR to kids. His work with kids did not stop when he left the public education post. Whiteaker Middle School was  his second home as he assisted with the choir program and other duties around the school. The Chamber recognized him the first time in 2006 when he was presented with the Service to Education award. Keizer is what it is because of people exactly like Jim Trett. He is a person who always asks “How can I help?” Like all good volunteers, Trett does what he does out of duty and passion, not recognition. His quiet demeanor belies a fierce determination to do what is right and fair. All those that know Jim Trett personally is his friend; he’d have it no other way. Trett’s choice as the First...

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