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Summer distractions

Summer distractions

This summer the nation seems to be going crazy—mass murders, killing of cops, shootings of African-Americans that has intensifed the battle between Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. It makes a Keizerite want to turn off the news and revel in life here in our little corner of the world. We […]

Put a market at transit center

Put a market at transit center

There have been several attempts in the past to bring a farmers market to Keizer. The last iteration was at Chalmers Jones Park—behind the Keizer Civic Center. That space is very nice public square but it is behind the center. There is a better space to try a market again, one that would be highly […]

Do nothing or do something

Do nothing or do something

We, as a nation, have made a choice on mass gun shootings. We will do nothing. We will send thoughts and prayers. We shake our heads in disbelief. We ask ourselves how this can happen again and again. The massacre of 20 children in Connecticut, the killing of 14 people in California, the murder of […]

To the class of 2016 only

To the class of 2016 only

Congatulations to those of you who are graduating from high school or college this month. You navigated the journey that at times seemed hopeless or worthless. Now you get to make your own path into the world you feel is not exactly waiting for you with bated breath. What have we done to our greatest […]

22,450th!

22,450th!

By Lyndon A. Zaitz Of the Keizertimes When is it an occasion for celebration coming in 22,450th place? When you’ve run your Boston Marathon. Keizer resident Jerry Nutttbrock, 62, was one of 30,000 people to qualify for the 2016 marathon, and one of about 20 from the mid-Willamette Valley area who were accepted to run […]

Persuade the community

Persuade the community

Mayor Cathy Clark and some city councilors say they will hold community conversation meetings this year to get a sense of what Keizer’s citizens want and what they may be willing to pay for. Last month’s budget committee meetings got heated over the issue of adding one officer to the police force. Witnesses and some […]

Mother

Mother

By LYNDON ZAITZ We have a two billion-way tie for the best mother in the world. With few exceptions everyone is certain that their mother is the most loving, kindest, funniest, prettiest and smartest mom in the world. We all love our mothers. Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. Doesn’t it seem […]

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker’s last day as executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce was April 28. She retired after more than 17 years as the manager and the public face of the chamber. The Keizer business community was always her focus. She was a vocal advocate of Keizer and its businesses as any one. The […]

Having fun with lemons

Having fun with lemons

Lemonade Day is the antidote to the “Mom, there’s nothing to do” lament. With a nudge, a parent, a guardian or a teacher can convince a Keizer youngster that the cure for the ‘nothing to do’ blues is starting a business. Started in Texas, Lemonade Day has blossomed across the country—sales top $50 million each […]

Where art thou, volunteers?

Where art thou, volunteers?

Since it became an organized community and then an incorporated city, in 1982, Keizer has relied on the kindness of its residents to volunteer to fulfill the many roles in city government and other organizations. At a time, decades ago, the center of the community was Keizer Little League (KLL), one of the most successful […]

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