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Mangan at home in Cummings

Mangan at home in Cummings

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes From school bus driver to PE teacher to administration, Cummings Elementary’s new principal, Martina Mangan, has done it all. “I bring a good understanding for every employee in the district and where everybody is,” she said. “I have a very high respect for people at all levels of the […]

Back from the brink

Back from the brink

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Byron Nelson’s current obsession is a knot on a piece of hardwood he’s shaping into a longboard. “That knot right there is going to be a big part of what the board becomes. I really think it could be an eye,” he said, pointing to the board in […]

KCFB, K-9s receive $2,500

KCFB, K-9s receive $2,500

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Curt McCormack, executive director of the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB), breathed a sigh of relief when he got a call from Lyndon Zaitz of the Making Keizer Better Foundation (MKB). Zaitz, chair of the now-disbanded MKB which ran the annual RIVERfair event, called to let him know […]

Small rewards, big change at skate park

Small rewards, big change at skate park

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Kelly Owen’s first trip to Keizer’s Carlson Skate Park was discouraging. The Salem Health emergency room and trauma nurse estimated that less than a third of the park’s users were wearing helmets while they rode their bikes, skateboards and scooters. And that was the best rider-to-helmet ratio of […]

Target employees given lifesaving award

Target employees given lifesaving award

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Sharon Winter went to the Target at Keizer Station on Saturday, March 12 looking for Easter decorations but believes she was led to the store for a completely different reason. On surveillance video, Winter can be seen at the front of the store falling out of a motorized cart. […]

Keizer author’s second novel out July 26

Keizer author’s second novel out July 26

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The Hidden Letters of Velta B., written by Keizer author Gina Ochsner, will be released Tuesday but the journey to writing her second novel began 11 years ago with a story in the Boston Review. Ochsner was reading Regeneration by Latvian author Pauls Toutonghi. “His use of language, his […]

Kids: Leave your mark on Iris Parade mural

Kids: Leave your mark on Iris Parade mural

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On July 23 and 25, organizers of Keizer’s mural project at Town & Country Lanes are hoping area children turn out to leave their mark. On those dates, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., kids up to 13 years old (including newborns) are invited to leave their handprints […]

McNary taps its new choir director

McNary taps its new choir director

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Joshua Rist knows what it’s like to be dragged to choir. At 16 years old, taking classes at Linn-Benton Community College in Corvallis, a friend managed to get Rist to give singing a try for the first time. “I fell in love pretty hardcore,” Rist said. “It really changed […]

The Bard returns to Keizer Rapids

The Bard returns to Keizer Rapids

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Come to Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night ready to laugh. “This show is a ridiculous romp,” Director Linda Baker said. “[William] Shakespeare didn’t take it very seriously, I think, so we’re not either.” Baker said the comedy comes from her cast. “Really what I have here is […]

Keizer woman competing for Miss Oregon

Keizer woman competing for Miss Oregon

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Hannah Patterson’s dream is to become a professional actor and if she happens to be crowned Miss Oregon or even Miss America on the way, so be it. “The scholarship money is the biggest pull for me,” Patterson said. “I want to go to grad school and I’d like […]

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