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Day: July 16, 2010

Tell us how

Every politician has their ‘applause line,’ the part of a speech that gets a fevered reaction from their intended audiences.

These days most politicians seeking votes and support talk about creating or attracting jobs—“We must create living wage jobs” or  something akin to “Our future depends on attracting jobs.”

What’s often missing from this is a lack of specifics.  We want to know how these polticians would create or attract jobs in Oregon in general and in Marion County and Keizer in particular.

Coming out for more jobs in a recession is like coming out strongly for motherhood, baseball and apple pie. It’s an easy stand to take but the devil is in the details.

Every county and city wants new jobs.  Oregon’s unemployment rate stands stubbornly above 10 percent.  The public calls for cutting government at every level, but cutting government means cutting jobs.  Those public employees let go will end up chasing the few jobs that come open or in line at the unemployment office.

Government can not force business to create jobs. Government (which means us, the citizens) can create the environment for business to be confident enough to plan on adding jobs.

Those in the public eye do a disservice when they say things like “when the economy rebounds” or “when the recession is over.”  We all need to realize that we are currently in a new economic normal.  The economic boom of the early 21st century was a result of a booming housing market coupled with easy consumer credit.  Nothing was out of reach then.  That is no longer  the case.

Businesses are learning how to do more with less.  Why hire more people when they can do more with less employees?  If they are reluctant to add workers, how does a politician propose to buck that trend?

Neither gubernatorial candidate, Republican Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber, should be allowed to get away with campaigning for more jobs without offering details on how they would accomplish that.  That should also be true of any person running for office on the national or local level.

If a candidate wants to recruit new businesses, they should tell us the type they’d attract and where they should locate.  What will they do to attract jobs that can support a family?  What kind of timeline do they have?  Do they have a plan to attract industrial jobs?  Service jobs? Professional jobs?

Mayor Lore Christopher and other city officals want to attract medical offices to Keizer Station.    That’s a great thing, but it will take more than a year at least to construct buildings that will house employees.  Ms. Christopher is going in the right direction to target the types of businesses that should come to Keizer bringing jobs along with them.

Let’s hear from Dudley, Kitzhaber and other candidates what they’ll do.  The voters want to know.


Job search is a family affair


It is that time of year for graduation from high school and college, and  now our graduates are looking for part time or full time work to fulfill their dreams. Are these graduates competing for the same jobs as those already unemployed?

Allen Prell
I am working through the same job searching  exercise my daughter is, a McNary High School graduate. I was told through my company I might lose my job  as a pharmaceutical sales representative in the fall. What am I doing to prepare for a job search and what is my daughter, a 2010 McNary graduate doing different in her job search?

I studied for my career goal several years ago and graduated with a degree in speech communications and health science. I left my comfortable job in the emergency room to seek a new career in pharmaceutical sales. It has been a rewarding career meeting healthcare professionals everyday and learning about new advances in healthcare.

I am now  a member on Facebook, Linked-In, and, broadcasting my qualifications for all to see. It is called networking. I have joined two new organizations  to remain active in the  community. I have offered my volunteer services to speak at conferences on healthcare related issues close to my heart. I have contacted old friends and neighbors  that I have known for years to reestablish  our relationship and rekindle the one bond we had. I am realistic that continuing in pharmaceuticals is not practical, and have broadened my career search to biotechnology,  marketing, and writing.

Travel is a bad word for a family man, yet important  today to remain a viable candidate for any company. Marketing yourself is important and not to be bashful about your accomplishments.

Today, more than ever, job seekers need to be prepared for a interview. This is why I remained active in Toastmasters International, to maintain my edge on professional speaking and interviewing. I also kept a savings account with plenty of financial padding and maintained a low credit card balance. I hope the day never comes when I get the phone call: “your services are no longer needed.” But I will rest comfortably knowing I have done my homework in advance. Any recommendations on Linked-In are appreciated

Sharon Prell
Being a graduate is a little scary at first. It feels very surreal as you walk with your friends and receive handshakes, congratulations, and a picture of the school. You’re actually not handed your diploma until the following week. No one ever told me that part and I was surprised.

Searching for a job is hard, especially if your resume isn’t going to be very impressive.  I’ve basically volunteered for organizations that aren’t very close to my dream job. I wrote for Salem’s daily paper twice in a month, being paid $25 for each. I didn’t understand how good that was until a few months later when I learned the woman I was working for left and how much I’d actually made, realizing I could’ve taken the opportunity and didn’t.  I was writing for the Keizertimes during my senior year as a volunteer. I hope to pursue more writing with them.

My writing passion has been primarily fiction. I loved how I could make things up and it would flow into my hands onto paper or the computer. In school, the only way I was able to show my writing talent was the school newspaper. I wasn’t sure what it entailed and finally pushed my nerves away to take the leap that turned out to be a lot of fun.

My mom taught me to scan  using crossword puzzles. I found I’m able to scan for words. My dad writes several papers for work or just for general things and has me edit them. My mom has been a major supporter of my writing and they both helped me get through school.

One thing that graduates may find difficult, if they’re like me, is that mom and dad aren’t really there anymore. It’s your time to shine. They might suggest jobs or colleges to you, but it’s up to you to make the move. There are some graduates that have their life figured out: their school is set, jobs are in mind, are hiring or you already have a job. I salute you for having everything  in check, so to speak. You are one of the lucky ones. It’s very difficult to find a job when you know what your passion is, but your options are limited. You can’t wait around forever for that one spot to open, so you might have to choose that job you know you can do, but won’t be as much fun for you.

I’m finding myself in a place where I know I’m good at customer service, but I’m not sure if I want to learn how to work a cash register or find a place where I can greet people at a door while opening it for them and tell them to have a nice day as they leave. I do know I want to be a famous writer some day, because my stories are my creative imagination with a mix of ideas from books, movies, and shows with a twist. I do know I love books and writing. I know I have to put myself out there, so here I am. Is anyone out there?

Allen Prell, and his daughter Sharon, live in Keizer.

Downtown moving to Keizer Station?

To the Editor:

There is little doubt about it, our city leaders and the Chamber of Commerce have decided that Keizer Station is the site of our new downtown and the business center for Keizer. A transit center, a hotel and medical offices there would certainly prove this point.

Once a big box, low cost, grocery store is built at Keizer Station you can shut off the lights, the party is over for many merchants along River Road. I believe the transit district made the correct decision when it decided to locate their transfer center there. They wanted their center where the action will be.

I believe the construction of new sidewalks, the placement of benches and art work, the hanging of a few banners along River Road added little to the business climate on our thoroughfare. Yes, we will still have banks, fast food restaurants, gas stations and of course taverns with video games for our convenience there. It will continue to be Keizer strip mall.  On the positive side there may be less local traffic on River Road so it will be faster to drive to Salem for work and for our major shopping and entertainment adventures.

Bill Quinn

Fluorescent bulbs not easily recycled

To the Editor:

Although I am not directly affected (I don’t have a yard debris can), I find it interesting to follow the issue of recycling food waste.  With summer heat upon us, I can only guess at the effects of a two week pickup.

In a related matter, I recently found that we had accumulated three burned out compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in less than two weeks.  Since they had been in use for only about two years, claims for extended life would seem in question.  Having read that these bulbs include hazardous material, I contacted my local garbage service regarding their disposal.  I was told that I must take them to a regional disposal site which isn’t very handy.

It makes me wonder why the service that currently picks up such hazardous waste as paint, motor oil and batteries can’t extend that effort to include CFLs?

Art Burr

IN THE RING: Should the Keizer Chamber of Commerce move to Keizer Station and include a visitors center?

Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events.  To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto and click on In the Ring.

This week’s question: Should the Keizer Chamber of Commerce move to Keizer Station and include a visitors center?

Marlene Quinn, event planner—
I would assume that most people would say ‘yes, the perfect place.’ Some would say ‘no, leave it where it is.’ If visitors coming to Keizer are visiting Keizer and not Keizer Station then they will go to the visitor center in Keizer.

Let’s promote Keizer and the city itself but let’s bring new businesses to the city and fill in the for lease buildings, I’m all for that however I think that we should leave it where it is and put directional signage at Keizer Station promoting the chamber of commerce, visitor center and the core of the city itself.

Keizer Station is only a small part of Keizer, let’s use its location to promote the city of Keizer.

John Morgan, MorganCPS Consulting—
I am not pleased to see the migration of our business community to Keizer Station. I am concerned to see some of the civic center move there as well. However, moving the chamber, creating a significant visitors center, and putting the space in the Keizer Heritage Center to better use as a museum or expanded gallery instead of office space all seem like good ideas to me. Thinking in terms of a “business plan” for Keizer, and recognizing that one of the important assets of the community is the [freeway] interchange traffic, these efforts capitalize on that market opportunity and hopefully will contribute to a more prosperous and livable Keizer.

Phil Bay, former city councilor—
I don’t think so.  You also can include a visitors center right where you are now, and keep your financial impact in check.

Jim Willhite and Pat Ehrlich, vice presidents, Gubser Neighborhood Association —
We believe locating a visitors center at Keizer Station would be most appropriate.  Keizer Station is now the main entrance off the interstate for the motoring public to our city.  It would be a natural place to advertise the many things to see and do here in Keizer as well as the Willamette Valley, the coastal area to the west of us and and the scenic mountains to the east.  With some signing the route to the visitors center should be easy to find.  We assume it would be a good move for the chamber of commerce to locate there also.  The chamber seems to be a natural fit for serving as our visitor information resource.

Jeanne Bond-Esser, chair, Keizer Parks Advisory Board—
I understand that there is some controversy about placing the chamber “out” at Keizer Station, since the chamber is supported overwhelmingly by the local River Road merchants — and apparently not supported by most of the out-of-town chains at the new shopping center. However, a visitors center should be placed where it has the most likelihood of attracting the attention of visitors — especially ones who might otherwise not come on into town — long enough to introduce them to the areas’ attractions.

The proposed transit center near Chemawa/Lockhaven sounds like a good site; Chemawa and Lockhaven both lead to River Road businesses.

However, I don’t think it is a good idea to place a visitor’s center down within Keizer Station.  (Until the signage is changed, its visitors are directed back to I-5 via a route that precludes coming on into town. Currently, the “To I-5” signs loop visitors south through the Chemawa Station area; from there, they can’t get to Keizer without heading east, going over the freeway, and turning around in Martha’s Pumpkin Patch to come home. About everybody I know has made this little maneuver!

JoAnne Beilke, member, Chemeketa Community College board—
The Keizer Chamber of Commerce or the City of Keizer should have a presence at Keizer Station.  The structure of the Keizer Chamber at this time is not ready to expand the visitors center.  The economy is hurting small businesses and membership is not strong enough to carry the financial load that will  be needed.

The Chamber has a vision of partnerships to make this happen.  The question is “Is this the role of the Chamber?”  Using the resources from Keizer business and citizens to attract visitors to Keizer.   To do what?

I believe the role of the Chamber is to support business.  A separate visitors or information center should be at Keizer Station, to form partnerships within the region to let citizens and visitors know what is happening.  A showcase of agriculture and wineries in the area would benefit product knowledge, and citizens in the area.  Keizer is not alone in economic development and jobs.

The Chamber could locate their office in Keizer Station for their business support mission.  To do both is going to take a lot of support financially from members and city tax money.   How this is to be formed should be explored with the real purpose (goal) in mind.  Again the hard question is what does Keizer have to offer to visitors?  If activities are here (sports, car, motorcycle rallies, church conventions)  then the purpose (goal) needs to clearly defined by tax dollars that use resources to have information ready for incoming participants.

Keizer Society — Art and History


Saturday, July 10,  was a very busy day in Keizer and the star was Barbara Clement.  Barbara is very active with Keizer Points of Interest for the city of Keizer and also Keizer Heritage Foundation.  Her goal these last years has been to bring recognition to Marie Dorian, a Native American woman who pioneered this area in the early 1800s.

Helping Barbara unveil the new sign at Keizer Station Park were some descendants of Marie Dorian.  Author Jane Kirkpatrick, of John Day, introduced Marie Dorian to the group gathered.  She has authored three books about her life in the Willamette Valley.  Several generations of Dorians were present including, the Bailles, and other family branches.

Shelly King, member of the Keizer Parks Foundation and Dave McKane, city councilor were presenters for Barbara Clement’s efforts.  Also helping were members of the Parks Foundation pouring drinks and serving cookies.  Joining them in the shade of a canopy in the blazing sun were Mary Jean Atwood, Julie Thomas, and Mary MacDuffee.  Also under the shade of the tent were Ginny Bellman (Marie Dorian Society), Mary Jo Nyssen and Carol McCarl.  Jeanne Bond-Esser was the greeter and her husband, Dennis Esser, who built the kiosk, was in charge of clean up.

Heritage Foundation members, Anne and Al Rasmus and Gary Young were there supporting Barbara and the Foundation’s contribution to the sign.  Others supporting the effort were Art and Phyllis Burr, Sherrie Gottfried, Cathy Clark, Jacque Moir, Joe Egli and Rich Ford.    Stop by Keizer Station and enjoy the park and see the sign.

Later Saturday afternoon, I moved on to the Keizer Art Association’s “ Artists Showcase” reception for KKA Art Teachers.  The art was from Kathy Haney,  Deanne White, KC Hancock, Jeanie Baker, Pat Averill, Catherine Alexander, Shirlee Johnson, Kris Mitchell, and Wendy Thompson,  all art teachers being honored.

Robert and Miriam Shelby were showing visitors around the gallery, Pat Domogalli  and Bev Zewebe  directed people to the food and drinks.   Standing around admiring the art and their great job in hanging the pictures were the “Hangers” group.  Shirlee Johnson, Chris Baker, Francis Stark and Dana Barrick. Linda Jacobson, vice prresident of the art association, was in Sisters displaying her art work at a quilt show.  Her art work will be featured in August at the Keizer Art Association’s “Sizzling Summer Nights.”

Admiring the work was Debbie Robinson and Denise Cedar from out of town.  Stop by and see the beautiful work.

A “Happy Birthday” to Carol Phillips Zielinski.  She and Gene are celebrating her birthday in Grandville, Ohio with family. Her Facebook page says she is drinking Oregon wine. Have a good one.

I decided to golf on Sunday with Marlene Wellin.  I was very fortunate she brought her water-cooled mini fan and we misted all  around the course.  While waiting to start golf pro Larry Bent came out and told me that the picture in my column about the luau was not Troy Renshaw, but rather David Lambert of OSU Federal Credit Union, one of the event’s co-sponsors.  So I am officially apologizing  to Troy and to David.  Sorry.

Just a thought.   Again there was no rain on July 12 in Salem.  That would be 115 years of now rain on that date.

Frank Vallereux

Mr. Vallereux, of Keizer, died Friday, July 9, 2010. He was 73.

He was born June 6, 1937. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

Burton William Wold

B. Wold

Mr. Wold, of Keizer, died Thursday, July 8, 2010. He was 78.

He was born May 9, 1932, to Bill and Jessie Wold in Tacoma, Wash., and he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. He married Georgia Houston on Jan. 13, 1952, after meeting at Ted Brown Music Store. Starting work as a journeyman meat cutter at age 16, Mr. Wold would go on to work for Sunbeam Baking Company and Best Pie Copmany before opening and operating Bayview Mobile Homes of Tacoma for 18 years.

They moved to Keizer in 1996 to be closer to children and grandchildren.

Mr. Wold was choir director at St. Paul Methodist Church in Tacoma for 10 years, singing at many weddings and funerals. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, golfing, doing crossword puzzles and storytelling.

Survivors include: his wife, Georgia; his sisters, Carol Tisch, Janet Evans and twin sister Margie Yoest, two children, Danny Wold and Jane Morehead; four grandchildren, Renee (Brian) Meier, Christopher (Katie) Morehead, Steven (Amy) Wold and Elizabeth (Seth) Goff; nine great-grandchildren, Lillie, Gunner, Ruger Meier, Kaitlyn, Noel and Isaac Wold, Liam and Meredith Morehead, and Lincoln Goff.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at the First Medthodist Church in Salem. Donations can be made to Union Gospel Mission of Salem P. O. Box 431 Salem, OR 97308-0431 and American Red Cross , 675 Orchard Heights Rd NW  Salem, OR 97304.

Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

Lloyd M. White

L. White

Lloyd Medric White was born on June 2, 1917 in Collinston, LA.  He grew up in Bastrop, LA during the Great Depression and was frequently hungry as a child.  As a barefoot five year old child, Lloyd earned the nickname “Boots” by pestering his family for a pair of “lace up” boots.  His father, William Spencer White, was the first registered Pharmacist in Louisiana.  He worked in the General Store and died when Lloyd was eight years old.  Lloyd (“Boots”) and his four siblings lived with their mother, Commie

Juanita Thompson White.  Lloyd was next to the youngest of five children and the last survivor in his immediate family.  He had two older sisters, Lois and Ruth; one older brother, Cedric (“Ced”); and one younger brother, Lamar (“Sonny”).  He attended Ouchita Parrish High School and played pool for fun and later for money and meals at the Buck Horn Pool Room next to Woolworths, where his future wife worked. He received a Penmanship Award in 7th grade and was known for his beautiful penmanship throughout his life.

He joined the Navy at age 19 in 1936 and was excited to have “three square meals a day.” Before WWII, Lloyd served on the cruiser USS Astoria, highlighted by a mission escorting the remains of the Japanese Ambassador to the US for burial in his homeland.  Lloyd was one of 400 crew members who participated in the funeral march and a 13-course dinner on the Imperial Palace grounds. On the return home they stopped in Shanghai where he remembered bomb craters filled with hundreds of decapitated Chinese men, hands tied behind their back with little grass ropes and corpses floating in the harbor, carnage of the Japanese invasion of China.

Early in WWII, his destroyer escorted convoys in the north Atlantic on the ill-fated Murmansk run where he recalled hearing merchant ships exploding in the night and seeing life boats in the mornings filled with frozen corpses of Merchant Marine sailors.  In late 1942 he was transferred to the Pacific Theater as Chief Boatswain Mate on the USS Halligan, a new Fletcher-class destroyer, where he participated in all major battles and landings in the Pacific and witnessed several iconic images of the war.  While providing support gun fire for Orange Beach at Leyte in the Philippines, he witnessed General McArthur and his party wading ashore in his celebrated return to the Philippines.  At Iwo Jima, Lloyd watched from the bow of the USS Halligan just 600 yards offshore as the Marines raised the initial flag on Mt. Suribachi.

After Iwo Jima, Lloyd participated in the battle of Okinawa with a fire support unit.  On March 26, 1945, the USS Halligan struck a mine, and its forward magazine exploded, splitting the ship in two.  Over half the crew was lost including all but one officer.  Lloyd was immediately blinded from the blast and received burns over most of his body.  He was the only surviving Chief Petty Officer.

Lloyd married Ruth Vernon on October 13, 1941.  He had a son, David Spence White on April 21, 1944, and a daughter, Loydell Ruth White (“Dell”) on July 27, 1946.  His family joined him at the Naval Base in Guam in 1948–1949, experiencing a major typhoon while there. Lloyd vividly remembered a wild night riding out that storm on an anchored barge in the harbor, which was half-submerged by morning. He moved to San Diego with his family in 1950.  His family again joined him at the Yokuska Naval Base in Japan in 1954–1956, returning to the beloved Rancho Road neighborhood in Spring Valley (San Diego).  His kids remember him waking them up to the sound of the bosun’s whistle and “Reveille! Reveille! All hands hit the deck.”

After retiring from the Navy in 1957, he managed a small business, Tools and Metals, in El Cajon, CA until retiring in 1979.  Inspired by his personal experience with hunger, Lloyd began volunteering for the San Diego Food Share program in 1984.  He was the SHARE host coordinator when he left San Diego for Oregon in 2002.  Upon his departure, he was featured in the SHARE newsletter, referred to as “A Veteran who SHARES.”

Lloyd attended the Keizer Church of Christ every Sunday and enjoyed finding jokes to share at Bible class on Thursdays.  He loved animals and spoiled them terribly.  At age 90 he was walking one to three miles a day and was proud to still fit into his Navy dress blues which he wore to church and the Senior Center on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.  He enjoyed planting summer vegetable gardens, mowing his lawn, and Bible study.

Lloyd is survived by his “bride of 69 years,” Ruth Vernon White; son Dave White; daughter and son-in-law, Dell and Rich Ford; grandchildren Davina Caruso, Melissa White, Danielle Kissinger, Wendi and Martin Johnson; great grandchildren Alyssa, Davin, Jadin, Jericho, Jesse, Sage, and Tyler. His grandchildren remember him waking them up to, “One, two, three  —  wide awake feeling wonderful!”

His memorial service and reception was Thursday, July 15th at the Keizer Church of Christ at 5405 Ridge Street NE in Keizer.  He was interred  at the
Veterans’ Cemetery in Portland with full military honors.