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Day: March 19, 2010

Emergency animal shelter needs fresh blood to be ready in crisis

By JASON COX

Of the Keizertimes

About a decade ago, Judy Shaffer founded KARES (Keizer Animal Rescue Emergency Shelter), to take in pets in the case of a disaster.

Now her successor, Carol Doerfler, is working to keep the group not only alive, but invigorated and ready to go should the worst happen.

Doerfler is actively seeking volunteers who can commit to a once-per-month meeting – until disaster strikes. Then the shelter will need virtually 24-7 attention until the incident subsides.

“If we could have 14 core group people – currently we have seven – that would be a wonderful body of people to work with,” Doerfler said.

KARES doesn’t have a physical address, and would be called into action only if a major disaster struck or a big evacuation ordered, such as when many west Keizer residents were ordered to leave their houses during the 1996 floods.

“When they evacuated the west side of Keizer, people took their pets to their veterinarians,” Doerfler said. “Dr. Kim Girouard at Keizer Veterinary Clinic told me they took in as many as they could. Then the National Guard came and told them they had to evacuate, so he and their staff ended up taking all these animals home.

“You can’t expect that.”

Doerfler said emergency animal shelters are relatively commonplace in larger cities, but there aren’t very many in a town of Keizer’s size.

If there were to be a major emergency, the city’s emergency manager would authorize KARES to open a temporary shelter for “companion animals – those defined as animals normally found in a home.”

The group has agreements with local building owners as well as a school to provide temporary shelter.

In the case of an evacuation, for example, pet owners who couldn’t take their companions elsewhere could drop them off at the temporary shelter. Volunteers would help feed, clean and supervise the animals until their owners were able to take them back.

The organization has made arrangements with local merchants to provide food and other basic necessities. Donors have provided things such as leashes, bowls and shelving, but the group can’t accept pet food due to space and spoilage.

Doerfler provided statistics from the U.S. Humane Society showing some 50 percent of people will leave their pets behind in case of an evacuation.

“They think their pet is safe if they put them in the attic with food and water, but they aren’t,” Doerfler said. “The mantra of rescue shelters is, ‘Do not leave your pets behind.'”

An additional 25 percent won’t evacuate without their pets, she added.

Positions needed for KARES in the event of a disaster include informational, lost animal registration, animal intake and reclaim, tending to kennels, inventory management, data entry and security.

Doerfler is quite sure there would be enough volunteers showing up to help should the worst come to pass. But she reiterated the group needs a “core” to keep things moving before disaster strikes – and to manage what she called “contingent” volunteers who tend to show up in droves when times demand.

Evelyn (Evie) Courlette Allen

Evelyn (Evie) Courlette Allen

Aug. 9, 1912-March 3, 2010

Evelyn (Evie) Courlette Allen, 97, passed from this life on the evening of Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Gibson Creek Retirement Residence in Salem, Oregon surrounded by loving members of her family.

Evelyn was born in Fargo, North Dakota on August 9, 1912, and was the youngest of six children born to Henry and Ingeborg Hanson. Evelyn moved with her family to Bend, Oregon when she was eleven years old, when the population there was only 500, and she saw many changes as Bend grew in size. Her parents passed away within a year of each other when she was only in her mid-teens.

She married the love of her life, Doran Allen, when she was 20, and they had six children. Evelyn dedicated her early years to providing a warm and loving home for her husband and children. Doran died suddenly in 1969, when Evelyn was 57.

Several years later, Evelyn met a wonderful man, Leonard Langliers, who shared her life until his death in 1996, the same year both of her beloved sons passed away. With Leonard, Evelyn began a second life filled with fun that included joining many social clubs and activities, bowling, dancing, traveling, and learning to drive at the age of 61. She loved life, and lived with joy and enthusiasm.

In 2002, Evelyn moved to Salem to be closer to her surviving family living in the Valley. She had a life-long deep faith, and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend.

Evelyn dearly loved her grandchildren and great-grand children, having a special relationship with each one, and was in turn deeply loved by them. All who knew her, even if briefly, sensed her loving, caring, and accepting nature. In recent years, she counted among her many friends the kind staff and residents at Gibson Creek, where she spent the final 6 ½ years of her life. She was greatly loved, and her presence in this world will be missed by many people.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Doran L. Allen; her five brothers, Oscar, Harold, Stan, Walt, and Alph Hanson and all of their wives; and her two sons, Ron (survived by daughter in-law Carolyn) and Dick Allen. She is survived by her four daughters, Jeanne Molina and husband Lino of Vancouver, Washington; Courlette Swensen and husband Dick, and Sandra Tarter and husband Hank, both families of Keizer, Oregon; Ann Memory of Portland, Oregon; and 14 Grandchildren, and 12 Great Grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Evelyn’s life at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Keizer Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend. Memorials may be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd Street NW, Salem, OR 97304 or donate online at www.wvh.org.

William Kivi

William Kivi

William Kivi, a long-time resident of Keizer, passed away on Feb. 24, 2010 in Salem.

Kivi was born Feb. 18, 1936 in Ironwood, MI to Ovia Kivi and Vienna Korpela. At 17 he entered the U.S. Army and served in Germany.

For 29 years he worked as a forklift driver at Oregon Cherry Growers in Salem.

He is survived by his wife Patrica Kivi, twins Timmy Kivi and Tammy Kivi, stepsons Kenneth Pulliam, Richard Francis and Dale Francis, and eight grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Keizer Funeral Chapel. Services are pending.

Robert James Korn

A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Korn will be from 1 – 4 p.m. at Salem Square Dance Center, 3695 45th Avenue NE, Salem.

Mr. Korn, of Salem, died Friday, March 12, 2010. He was 59.

Born July 12, 1950, he graduated from North Salem High and earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon State College. He was an avid square dancer and member of the Salem Swinging Stars, and also enjoyed baking, hiking, book binding and race walking.

Survivors include: his daughter, Carol Lynn Korn of Salem; son, Jonathon Korn of Albany; seven sisters, Joyce Gullickson, Dorothy Walston and Sandy Boody, all of Salem, Kathy Byrne of Springfield, Betty Willmschen of Illinois, Geri Long of Mesa, Ariz., and Mary Humphreys of Monitor; four brothers, Allen Korn of Salinas, Calif., Francis Korn of Dallas, and Ed and Dennis Korn of Salem; and forever friend, Kathy Korn.

Rememberances may be made to Odyssey Health Care.

Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

Have voice, will travel with Glee Club

Above: Greg Jungwirth (left), a McNary graduate, performs with the University of Notre Dame's glee club during last week's performance at St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer. Below: The Glee Club of the University of Notre Dame stopped by St. Edward Catholic Church last week for a performance. (Submitted photo by Susan May)

By LANCE MASTERSON

Of the Keizertimes

Greg Jungwirth returned to Keizer and he brought 79 of his friends with him.

The 2006 McNary graduate joined other members of the Notre Dame University Glee Club during last week’s formal concert at St. Edward Catholic Church.

The performance drew a full house.

“It was amazing to see that turnout at the concert,” he said. “I really enjoyed coming home and seeing all of my family for a night. Glee Club is a huge part of my life, so it was great that I got to bring them home with me and share them with the people I know.”

The club’s performance was well-received.

“The energy and excitement on both my part and audience were the best we had on our whole tour,” said Jungwirth.

The all-male chorus features some 80 members. It is the university’s premier choral group and was established in 1915.

In addition to mini concerts held on campus for different gatherings, the Glee Club presents formal concerts in the fall, Christmastime, spring and at commencement.

There’s also the domestic tours that occur during spring and fall breaks.

Since Jungwirth joined the group, he has crisscrossed the United States. The stop in Keizer was part of a West Coast swing that made its way from San Francisco to Seattle.

This tour included stops in Santa Clara, San Francisco, Napa and Pleasanton in California, Eugene and Keizer in Oregon, Sammamish in Washington, and Wilmette and Naperville in Illinois.

“It was a total of nine concerts in 10 days,” said Jungwirth.

The club also performs internationally every other summer. One trip took the club to Europe and a second trip to Guatemala and Honduras. International tours usually consist of eight to 10 formal concerts.

Jungwirth said he doesn’t mind the travel.

“Traveling has always been a lot of fun for me. I really enjoy getting to see so many different places and getting to see them cheaply,” he said.

There is a downside, however.

“We are running on very little sleep all week,” he said while also mentioning the tight quarters associated with long bus rides.

“But honestly, everyone in the Glee Club knows everyone else, and we are all friends to some extent. So we mesh a lot better than other groups who are less familiar with each other,” said Jungwirth. “Of course, we are all relieved to get back to our own rooms and normal sleep by the end. But we always look back on our tours very fondly.”

Jungwirth is a 2006 graduate of McNary High School. Here, he was in choir all four years and in the top concert choir for three years.

Jungwirth is a senior at Notre Dame and graduates in May with a bachelor’s of science degree in pre-medicine.

His parents, Karen and John Jungwirth, still reside in Keizer.

This will be one Knight to remember

By combining one of the earliest forms of musical entertainment with the talents of its students, McNary High School’s music department is inviting the community to its first ever madrigal fundraising dinner auction – A Knight of Song – on Sat., April 17, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Keizer Renaissance Inn

McNary’s choral director Jim Taylor said a madrigal dinner is a 21st Century re-creation of the renaissance feasts held in the great baronial halls throughout England during the 12 days of Christmas. Minus the holiday references, this event may be a first for Keizer and will be an entertaining evening of music and song.

“Back then guests would be dazzled with the stunning pageantry, humor, endless amounts of delicious food, and extraordinary music. Our talented students will be dressed in the colorful Elizabethan-era costumes,” Taylor said.

Before the three-course dinner, the Highlander Classic singers and orchestral musicians will entertain throughout the evening. McNary music educators hope the Keizer community recognize the importance of this unique event as they develop closer relationships with community members.

“One goal is our long-term development of the program by partnering with our community. Another is to make better technology available to students which include electric keyboards for practice labs, software for recording and editing,” Taylor said. “We also want to establish much needed scholarship opportunities for students to take lessons and help seniors wanting to attend college.”

Replacing the school’s tattered 40 year-old choir robes is also a need.

Chief event organizer and music parent Karen Suthard said more than 250 people are needed to make the dinner the success it needs to be.

“There are knights in shining armor who we hope will be attending and can bid upon the large and wide variety of donated items that will be available from a generous Keizer community. This will be a fun evening,” she said.

Auction items include a variety of weekend trips to the coast, cities and Sunriver, vacation rentals, jewelry, dinners, services, gift certificates, a five-course Italian dinner with the director for eight, vacation rentals, trips, silent auction, homemade desserts fruit/food wine baskets, Day with the Brewer at Widmer Brewing in Portland and a variety of sentimental items created by students.

Auction donations are still needed and can be made by calling Suthard at 503-999-0791.

The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 each and include a sumptuous three-course dinner. Tables are available for $280.

Tickets must be purchased by April 1 at the McNary office, or by printing off an RSVP online at www.mcnarychoirs.com, completing it, and mailing it to the school with a check.

Chief gets passing marks from board

By LANCE MASTERSON

Of the Keizertimes

Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan received passing marks from the district’s board on directors.

For Cowan, who was hired by the district in March 2008, this was his second annual evaluation.

“Chief Cowan received an above average evaluation from the community’s elected representatives,” said Board President Joe Van Meter.

Van Meter added the board gave Cowan high marks for fire district leadership along with having “excellent relationships and involvement in the community.”

Cowan will also receive a raise effective the first of April. The raise of $250 a month moves Cowan to step seven on the district pay scale, which tops out at $8,837 a month.

In other news from Tuesday’s regular board meeting:

* Cowan noted 28 candidates applied for the position of training officer.

The application filing period ended Tuesday, March 15.

This marks the second time in less than a year that the district has recruited for this position, with the previous recruiting effort drawing nine applicants.

• Deputy Chief Randy Jackson reported Oregon Health Plan claim denials continue to be a problem.

EMS representatives from throughout the county, Jackson included, met with State Department of Health and Human Services representatives who reportedly acknowledge claims in Marion and Polk counties are being denied at a much higher rate than other areas of the state.

• Van Meter said contract negotiations continue with IAFF Local 388 1 and that talks “are progressing.”

District and union representatives have met three times. More meetings are planned.

Fire Marshal Joel Stein reported the district’s rehab trailer is being built and that only a few items need to be installed. The most significant delay at this time comes with the reordering of its awning, as the factory is still awaiting shipment from its supplier.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recognized the district’s prevention division’s effort in working with Safeway corporate staff to develop a statewide policy regarding closure of exit doors during evening hours. Concern over late night theft resulted in the doors being locked during business hours, even though the policy was in conflict with federal law. Exit doors can be closed, however, they just can’t be locked during business hours.

Marvin Nisley and Lewis Latimer were reappointed to four-year terms on the district’s Civil Service Commission. Nisley’s current term expires in May while Latimer’s current term expires in September.

So close, yet so far…

Descending Mt. McKinley, climbers pause just above Washburn's Thumb. For more photos, please see our web Gallery. (Submitted photo)

By LANCE MASTERSON
Of the Keizertimes

Rarely does the phrase “so close, yet so far” relate to such heights.

Dr. Matthew Strauser was within 800 feet of submitting Mt. McKinley – at 20,320 feet, it’s the highest peak in North America – when he had to turn back.

“I got cerebral edema, which is fluid on the brain. It’s really rare and quite dangerous,” said Stauser, who directs worship at Keizer Community Church. “Walking slow, we probably would have been on top in about an hour, and by then we were all moving slow, but it was too risky.”

Strauser’s symptoms included an inability to remember simple details coupled with an inability to think clearly.

“That’s how we discovered it in me,” he said. “I knew I couldn’t figure some things out … The leader of the team was with me and I turned around to him at one point and said: ‘I can’t remember who I am or what we’re doing.’ He said to me: ‘You’re not firing on all cylinders.'”

Descent began immediately. Strauser is accepting of the abbreviated ending to his adventure.

“You know the story is better when you don’t get to the top,” said Strauser. “As a writer, you know, ‘Climber summits McKinley.’ Period, Five words. That’s it. But ‘Climber faces death.’ Now, you’ve got a story. So this story is better.”

Still, he wouldn’t mind a rewrite. No man is an island is especially true when climbing mountains. Strauser’s illness ultimately affected the dreams of other climbers as well.

Edema struck at 19,500 feet. Three members of his team were on top of McKinley. The other four, including Strauser, were en route.

“Our leader gets on the radio and says, ‘Matt’s got cerebral edema. We’re going to go down.’ And so the guys on top says, ‘Okay, we’ll hustle and catch up with you guys.'”

Symptoms of cerebra edema, also called ataxia, can include a severe loss of balance.

“You just lose your ability to balance; I mean, you just fall down. So it’s possible you have to be assisted off, maybe even carried off, the mountain.”

Other climbers not associated with Strauser’s party also offered their support.

“I hear these other guides call. They’re ready to come and help, and they’ve got all these clients that paid big money,” said Strauser who tries unsuccessfully to steel his emotions. “I’ve told that story probably about six times now. I think I’m going to get over it, but it still ….”

A slight drop in elevation provided the cure.

“My head cleared up within a few hundred feet. It was amazing. Next day there was a desire (to try and reach the summit). If conditions had been different, we might have rested a day and tried it again. But we were out of time.”

The expedition-style climb took three weeks. According to published reports, McKinley has a larger bulk and rise than Mount Everest, at 29,029 feet.

Strauser, whose day job is teaching mountaineering, rock climbing and music at Corban College in Salem, said he doesn’t know for sure why edema struck. Though a possibility dawned after he returned home.

“I’m exaggerating a little bit, but not by much, to say I burned almost a pound of body fat a day on McKinley,” he said. “I didn’t really know that until we got back and I noticed my pants wouldn’t stay up. I tell my students in class that if you’re burning fat then you’re not taking in enough calories. That’s not the way to do these kinds of things because you’re running on an energy deficit every day.”

Strauser ended up 20 pounds lighter in 24 days.

Insufficient nourishment wasn’t the only physically-taxing problem he encountered.

“As you get higher, the air is so dry. You’d wake up in the middle of the night and your mouth and nose, again I’m not exaggerating much to say that there was no moisture in my mouth and throat,” said Strauser. “You breathe through your mouth and it’s completely dry. So as we got higher it was harder to sleep long enough. You woke up a lot and you’d have to drink water.”

Weather has a way of rewriting even the best laid plans.

“The thing about climbing McKinley is that within a certain window of time it doesn’t matter how good you are, or how fast you are, or when you start. Everybody ends up on the same schedule. You hit spots where you can’t go further, but you can still reach. That’s because the weather below you isn’t that bad, but the weather above you is so bad you would die if you continue.”

Conditions convinced the Strauser party, which also included his son and dentist, to camp at 14,000 feet for seven days. During this time, people kept arriving from below.

Campers kept busy by making water, cooking, eating, sleeping and getting to know others from throughout the globe.

“You get to know everybody in camp by name” said Strauser. “They’re here for every reason, from wanting to climb the highest point on every continent to ‘I’m here with my son.’ I mean every possible story. ”

Camp boundaries were determined by a series of flags that ringed the encampment. Wander beyond the flags and one risked a steep and potentially deadly plunge.

“As summer goes on the bridges that cover the crevasses get thinner and thinner. Eventually you can fall through as it melts,” said Strauser.

The near-death experience hasn’t diminished his desire for a return engagement on McKinley.

“I hope to go back. My son wants to go back, too. It might not be for another couple of years, but we’re talking about it.”

There’s also the expense factor to consider. Even if you have the gear for a McKinley trip, it’s still several thousand dollars by the time you fly to Alaska, pay for lodging and travel to the mountain. Guide service costs between $6,000 and $15,000, depending on the size of the group.

Having grown up in the Midwest, Strauser didn’t scale his first mountain until he was in college. Once he began taking his camera with him he became hooked on photography as well.

He has since climbed mountains in Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

“Do you remember the old question about why I climb, and the old answer was because they’re there. Do you remember that answer? … I think the older I get the more I like that answer,” he said.

Strauser added mountains were created for a reason.

“Teaching at a small Christian college you believe that God’s the creator. And you go: God made these mountains. He must have been serious when he did it. Why would there be mountains if we weren’t supposed to climb them?”

For more photos, see Mathew Strausser’s Photo Gallery

Lady Celts rebound to place fourth at state tournament

Members of the 2010 Lady Celts varsity basketball team that took fourth place at last weekend's state tournament include, front row, kneeling, Chantee Stanton and Chantell Stanton, Middle row: Lauren Jones, Ayla Rodriguez, Dani Reamer, Allie Baker, Deven Hunter, Taylor Jones, Susie Fedler and Megan Hingston. Back row: Head Coach Molly Gehley and assistants Dustin Walker, Drew Miller and Marlo Cleary. Right: Deven Hunter, number 40, was an intimidating presence throughout the tournament, and was named second-team all-state tournament, as was Hingston. For more photos, see our Web Galleries. (KEIZERTIMES/Lance Masterson)

By LANCE MASTERSON

Of the KEIZERTIMES

The Lady Celts varsity basketball team defeated Franklin, 61-50, to finish fourth at the Class 6A state tournament on Saturday.

Other than the school’s 1990 softball team that won a state championship, no McNary girls team ever finished fourth or better at state.

The 2009 McNary hoops team is one of several girls team in school history to place fifth at state.

Against Franklin, sophomore Deven Hunter netted 20 points to lead the Celts (20-6), who also got 12 points each from seniors Taylor Jones and Megan Hingston.

Each of Jones’s points came in the second half and on free throws.

Jones was 12 of 16 from the line. McNary connected on 29-of-40 free throws compared to the Quakers going 9-of-15.

For Franklin (22-5), Shoni Schimmel netted 22 points on 8-of-25 shooting. Schimmel, a senior, ended her prep career as one of the state’s highest scorers ever.

“Our goal was to let Shoni shoot the NBA 3-pointer, play her soft enough so she would not drive, and if she did drive to shut it down as she came into the key,” said McNary Coach Molly Gehley.

Jude Schimmel – the second part of the Franklin sister act – added 14 points.

“We did the same with Jude,” said Gehley. “We knew they both would have their points. Our goal was to keep their scoring to a minimum.”

When the Lady Celts weren’t defending the Schimmel sisters, they were dominating the boards. Hunter collected 21 of her team’s 47 rebounds.

The tournament began on an ominous note, as the Lady Celts fell to Oregon City, 77-47, in the Wednesday, March 10, opener.

McNary led 16-15 after one quarter, before the Pioneers roared back.

Hingston led the Celts with 19 points, while Brittany Knighton and Ashleigh Anderson sparked the Oregon City attack.

Despite the lopsided loss, the Lady Celts retained their composure.

“The girls were able to regroup due to their maturity and experience,” said Gehley. “This is a team that continues to fight against all odds.”

The odds were certainly against them in the Thursday, March 11, elimination game against Tigard.

With seconds left in the game, and McNary down 40-39, Tigard forced a turnover.

But a seemingly easy lay-up resulted in a turnover when Jones knocked the ball loose from the Tigard player. The ball bounced of that player’s leg and out-of-bounds.

Given new life, the Lady Celts milked the clock down to the 12-second mark, only to lose the ball. But Hingston fought for control and fired a pass to Hunter under the basket. The sophomore went strong to the basket with the game-winner.

It’s not surprising that Jones, Hingston and Hunter played major roles in the team’s most important play of the season.

“All of these were great plays made by girls who are fighters and don’t give up,” said Gehley. “Without one of these plays being made, we would have been going home.”

For more photos, see our Web Galleries (photos by Bill Donaldson and Lance Masterson).

Softball team seeks to improve field

The softball team is raising funds for field improvement by selling items with the McNary logo. (Submitted photo)

By LANCE MASTERSON

Of the Keizertimes

A dream four years in the making is nearing reality.

Genetta Bennett, Nichole McDonald and Erin Hento of the McNary varsity softball team said they want to leave the program in better shape than they found it.

“We’ve been wanting a fence since our freshman year,” said Hento, one of eight seniors on the team.

To achieve this goal, the team is spearheading several fund-raising efforts that will bring the long-desired fence along with several other major improvements to their field.

These other improvements, McDonald said, include installation of new lockers and shelves for bats, helmets and gloves in the dugouts along with extending dugout length and replacing their roofs.

Estimates are it will cost about $1,600 for a fence that will run 320 feet from foul line to foul line, 205 feet from home plate to dead center field.

The girls said they are on pace to have the fence up by the team’s Tuesday, April 13, home game against Sprague. Installation is expected to take two days, with manual labor performed by volunteers.

Fencing will be taken down and stored during the off-season so the school’s soccer teams will have access to their fields.

Exact figures for dugout renovation are not known, although the project got a big lift when Larry Smith committed to donating the lumber, a value estimated at $700.

Any additional funds raised will go for improvements to the junior varsity field.

The team is raising funds by canvassing businesses, selling travel mugs, coffee cups and water bottles with the McNary logo, and via concession sales at home games. A softball camp for youngsters is tentative at this time.

Bennett said the team elected to sell McNary-themed items because they wanted something different. Team members quickly ruled out such staples as entertainment books because of their popularity with other teams and youth groups.

Other seniors on the team include Molly Bello, Hannah Bouska, Courtney Castronovo, Taylor Jones and Sarah Stoddard.

Call 503-399-3238 for more information.