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Ask questions

Ask questions

The members of the McNary High School class of 2013 who will receive their diplomas at graduation June 7 have probably received more advice, assistance and warnings than they want to  hear. Most of the graduates have made their post-high school plans: summer jobs, summer travel, preparing for college close by or far away. A […]

We had a summer job

We had a summer job

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ When you are young, say in your early teens, 5 o’clock in the morning seems mighty unGodly. Heck, the sun hasn’t even risen. Countless summer mornings my brothers and I would be rousted out of bed by my parents. It was the time of year to head out into the fields […]

Buy it fresh here

Buy it fresh here

A farmer’s market is returning to Keizer this Sunday and that’s good news for local shoppers. The Keizer Sunday Market will open at 10 a.m. at Chalmers Jones Park-—at the civic center. The market is organized by people who know what they are doing: the Salem Saturday Market. Anyone who has shopped the Salem market […]

The things we want and need

The things we want and need

There are services and amenities a city offers that many of us don’t think about until we want or need them. If our neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, we probably don’t think about them. But, how do we feel about them if we suddenly find ourselves needing to use wheelchair? It is much easier to get […]

A councilor for the future

A councilor for the future

The tenure of Ken LeDuc on the Keizer City Council has come to a sudden end. He submitted his resignation late last week citing health issues. He was elected in November, opposed only by a write-in candidacy. While it is unfortunate that Mr. LeDuc resigned after only four months in office, the vacancy offers the […]

A weekend for fun

A weekend for fun

With only a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday, we will celebrate our city as a great place to live and work as Keizer Iris Festival events kick into high gear. Each year the third weekend in May is time for fun, family and flowers. The Iris Parade, one of the largest in Oregon, […]

The future of Kezier starts now

The future of Kezier starts now

The Keizer City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 20, to consider the proposed Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA), Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) and revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan the two analyses would call for. Everyone who lives or runs a business in Keizer has a stake in these documents. The state-mandated […]

Texas deserves as good as Boston

Texas deserves as good as Boston

Two tragedies hit the United States last month: the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 and the explosion of the West Fertilizer Company plant in Texas. Arguably the Boston bombing has received the most sustained coverage and speculation. One of the suspected bombers was killed in a police shoot out, his brother was captured. After […]

Earth Day, 2013

Earth Day, 2013

Earth Day is celebrated around the world each year on April 22; 2013 marks the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. The United States has progressed a long way since 1970; Oregon has one of the highest rates of recycling in the country. Today our society talks about recycling, reducing waste, and sustainable lifestyles.  […]

All helping all

All helping all

The beauty of communities is the diversity of options. There are different stores to shop, different parks to play in, different houses of worship to pray in. Communities, of course, are much more than the infrastructure. Communities are nothing withou its people and their pursuits. Those pursuits, be they athletic- or service-oriented, require money. Every […]

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