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Go back to original toy plan

Go back to original toy plan

Those who are leading the planning for the Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park should go back to the consultant’s original site and be done with it. Mayor Lore Christopher threw a wrench into the works several weeks aago when she publicly announced she didn’t like any of the three sites for the large playground […]

Doneth named First Citizen

Doneth named First Citizen

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes John Doneth was named Keizer’s 2013 First Citizen at a banquet at the Keizer Civic Center last Saturday night. Doneth was a popular choice as his selection was met with a rousing standing ovation. The award, along with three others, are presented annually by the Keizer Chamber of […]

A loss that will be felt

A loss that will be felt

After more than 30 years Keizer will be without a locally-owned hardware store. Ace Hardware, born as Coast to Coast Hardware in 1972, will close its doors at the end of January. It is a commentary on the current economic times in America. Owners Greg and Jan Frank looked into the future and saw no […]

Discover public desire first

Discover public desire first

Before the city council or the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board get too far ahead of their constituents, it should ascertain whether the city’s residents want something different than what their local city parks currently offer. One of the issues the Parks Board wants to tackle is a long-term, stable funding source for the […]

Lots of work, same result

Lots of work, same result

Every organization that conducted a charity drive this holiday season and every citizen that was able to help can feel good about themselves for reaching out and helping those in need in the community. But now some hard questions should be asked by all of us. Why, after decades of giving and billions of dollars […]

Councilors should see city

Councilors should see city

Once a quarter the Keizer City Council uses one of its work session meetings to take a tour of a different set of city parks. They see first-hand the parks, the amenities and get a report from the public works director about on-going or upcoming plans. The city councilors should take this idea out into […]

It was only a handshake

It was only a handshake

It was the handshake heard ‘round the world.  At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela President Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.  It set ideologues teeth on edge and set the Twitter-verse afire. “How could Obama do that? It proves everything we’ve said about him all along.” Which is what, exactly? Some […]

Big schools, big money

Big schools, big money

If there were a prize to honor the most likely to KO his readers with entertaining sports stories, I’d expect John Canzano of The Oregonian to be among that heavyweight crown’s contenders.  Using artful language, Canzano deals with facts about players and games and, to my knowledge, avoids fiction. Nevertheless, a recent column by Canzano just may have been a work of fiction.  In an […]

Park toy inspires crowds

Park toy inspires crowds

Give the public what they want and they’ll embrace it in droves. It was heartening to see so many Keizer families attend the unveiling of the community build playground design last week at the civic center. Earlier in the day on Thursday, Nov. 14, Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project (KRP) task force members joined consultants […]

John Kennedy 50 years on

John Kennedy 50 years on

Many people of a certain age remember where they were when they heard of President John Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The Kennedy adminstration and mystic was dubbed Camelot by an author and the moniker has stuck. It seems American fascination with President Kennedy, the Kennedy family and the assassination won’t […]

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