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The Lesson of “WOW”

The Lesson of “WOW”

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Sandra Krause breathed a sigh of relief when admissions officers at a naval academy rejected her application. “It was like being on the edge of a cliff,” Krause said. “They turned me down, but it meant I could pursue what was in my heart and soul, which was […]

RIVERfair promises fun activities for all

RIVERfair promises fun activities for all

RIVERfair 2015 will offer a variety of activities and entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Keizer Rapids Park. The RIVERfair Pet Parade, sponsored by Copper Creek Mercantile, begins at 11 a.m. The parade will end at the Upper Course Stage where the Golden Bone Awards will be presented. The Mayor’s and President’s 1Award will be […]

Keizer youth remembered, 10 years later

Keizer youth remembered, 10 years later

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It warms Brandy Thomas’ heart to know her son is still remembered. About 50 friends and family members came to the Best Western Mill Creek Inn in Salem on July 18 to commemorate the 10-year passing of Justin Wood. Justin was 14 at the time, preparing for his freshman […]

All-male choir festival planned

All-male choir festival planned

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Times have changed, but the idea of a young men involved with choir still brings to mind a range of stereotypes. “Even today, in 2015, a lot of young men have a lot of pressures when it comes to being involved in the arts, and especially in singing. […]

Cooking up adult foster care in Keizer

Cooking up adult foster care in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The front door is purple for a reason. After all, purple was Mavis Wellin’s favorite color. This particular front door is at the new Apple Blossom Manor, an adult foster home at 289 Apple Blossom Avenue N in Keizer. The home is operated by Sharon Cook, who is having […]

Friendship puts book on shelves

Friendship puts book on shelves

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Wally Graham was 10 years old, a relative introduced him to a neighbor as “weak-in-the-head.” That encounter and others left him with a diminished sense of self for much of his life. “The worst thing you can do to a child is make them feel inferior,” said […]

Quite the honor

Quite the honor

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes This July 4, four U.S. Armed Forces veterans with Keizer ties are feeling especially patriotic. The quartet – Jerry Bowerly (Navy), Alfred Bochsler (Air Force), Paul Morgan (Navy) and Ed Bietshek (Air Force) – took part in an Honor Flight of Oregon allowing them to visit numerous memorials […]

Verboort’s mom gives thanks

Verboort’s mom gives thanks

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Kathy Verboort continues to be blown away by the love being shown to her son. Son Austin, 16, was critically injured in a two-vehicle accident May 22. Austin’s Jeep Wrangler crumpled after being hit on the driver’s side, leaving the McNary High School junior in a coma. Immediately family, […]

Death penalty discourse draws celebrity to Keizer

Death penalty discourse draws celebrity to Keizer

For Becky O’Neil McBrayer, “closure” is something that belongs solely in the realm of real estate. “There isn’t closure for murder family victims,” said O’Neil at an annual meeting and fundraiser at Keizer Civic Center for the Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. “Killing the killer doesn’t bring anybody back, it doesn’t solve anything, […]

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

Stitt happy to see Big Toy happen

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Will Stitt’s son had to wait nearly a year. Before Liam Stitt turned 6 last September, dad figured he had the perfect present: a new playground at Keizer Rapids Park called the Big Toy. While such a structure was already in the park’s master plan, it was Will Stitt […]

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