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Politics of a toy

Politics of a toy

One person’s idea can excite many others and grow into a full-fledged civic project. After Keizer resident William Stitt laid out his idea for a big toy playground at Keizer Rapids Park, the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board quickly adopted the idea in early 2013. Stitt cited other big toy playgrounds in the region […]

Photo Gallery: Keizer Young Life spring auction

Photo Gallery: Keizer Young Life spring auction

Keizer Young Life held its annual spring auction on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Keizer Civic Center. About 250 people enjoyed food prepared by local restaurants. The live auction was conducted by Sid Vorhees; attendees bid on 12 items which collectively raised over $13,000. Young Life will use the money to send kids to […]

Photo Gallery: Marion Co. Fire District No. 1 Volunteer Firefighters Breakfast

Photo Gallery: Marion Co. Fire District No. 1 Volunteer Firefighters Breakfast

Getting their grub on… The 54th annual Marion County Fire District No. 1 Volunteer Firefighters Breakfast took place March 8 and 9 at MCFD Station 5 in Brooks.

Extra activities mean better GPAs

Extra activities mean better GPAs

There is nothing but good news that came out of a recent Oregon School Acitivities Association report that showed that every McNary High School winter sports team carried an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The varsity boys basketball team ranked first statewide in the 6A classification with an average 3.63 grade […]

Helping at KLL Park

Helping at KLL Park

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes A small army of volunteers attacked a reconstruction project at Keizer Little League Park to repair damaged infrastructure on Saturday, March 1. Keizer resident Danielle Bethell took on the repair as part of  her Rotary Club project. With reports of the damage caused by vandalism in the media […]

Empty spaces

Empty spaces

It has been suggested that, once formed, members of the proposed Keizer Economic Development Commission (KEDC) get on a bus and take an inventory of vacant office and retail spaces in the city, as one of their duties. In our view a bus nor a commission is needed to see what office and retail spaces […]

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 […]

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