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Serving up generosity

Serving up generosity

Jim Marshall celebrated the one year anniversary of Delaney Madison Grill at Inland Shores this week. He did more than toot his own horn, though. He opened the restaurant to treat people assisted by Hope Station Community Services led by Pastor Marcia Mattoso. Early this week he served dinner to three large groups of people […]

2020 starts in 15 months

2020 starts in 15 months

By LYNDON ZAITZ How exciting! The 2020 presidential campaign will begin in only 15 months. The day after the 2016 election there will be speculation about who will run for president four years from then. It happens after every national election. And we can start predicting not only who will run but who will win. […]

Ban smoking in city parks

Ban smoking in city parks

Smoking in Keizer city parks was a topic at this week’s city council meeting. Two citizens asked the council to ban smoking in parks—for quality of life reasons and for fire danger reasons. The Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has decided not to advise for a smoking ban in city parks in part because […]

Are we all Cecil?

Are we all Cecil?

The killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American is a story that won’t go away. Outrage was registered on social media. There are those who are baffled by the uproar of the killing of Cecil the lion but not over the deaths of improverished children around the world, soldiers and others. Anytime there […]

Use signs to promote local events

Use signs to promote local events

Keizer needs two central electronic signs that continually announce all the events and activites that happen every week in our town these days. Not all sets of eyes are on the same website or same media. Two sizable signs on River Road, one at Chemawa Road, the other at Lockhaven Drive, would be seen by […]

A calm, reasonable voice wanted

A calm, reasonable voice wanted

Will a calm voice ever be heard again in our national politics? This year alone has resulted in so much vitriol from every side. Anger still lingers about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and there remain calls for its repeal even after the U.S. Supreme Court let it stand. The same court’s ruling on same-sex […]

Attracting business

Attracting business

Economic development in Keizer too often focuses on tourists and visitors. The large playground at Keizer Rapids Park is supposed to, in part, attract visitors to Keizer from throughout the region. Stuffing soccer and softball fields in that same park is supposed to appeal to tourneys that would bring people into our city, spending money […]

Cooling stations for Keizer

Cooling stations for Keizer

This summer promises to be a hot season here in the Willamette Valley. We’ve already seen a hotter June than normal and we expect to see high temperatures in the coming months. How are those residents without benefit of air conditioning to fare during 85, 90, 95 or 100 degree days? People who have option […]

Eight hands, two shovels, one pool

Eight hands, two shovels, one pool

By LYNDON ZAITZ When the Zaitz family moved from Keizer to the Los Angeles area in early 1973 it moved into a house in Redondo Beach; it had partial views of downtown LA and if you craned your neck just right you could see the ocean. It sat on a corner in a nice, quiet […]

Future big Keizer projects

Future big Keizer projects

The community build project is completed, a little later than hoped for, but the new big playground at Keizer Rapids Park will officially be open to the public on Saturday, June 20. All the volunteers who helped with the construction and those who donated money and materials can look upon their work and pat themselves […]

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