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Day: August 13, 2010

Ricky Ray Lowe

R. Lowe

Mr. Lowe, of Salem, died Friday, July 23, 2010. He was 54 years old.

Born in Hillsboro on Aug. 21, 1955 to Billy and Shirley Lowe, he died after a short bout with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven Lowe, and his parents. Survivors include: His girlfriend, Debbie Herring of Salem; two sisters, Vicky Helmer of Keizer and Becky Horn of Baker City; a brother, Fred Schmidtke of Forest Grove; and four daughters, Crystal Born and Tawnya Lowe of Mankato, Minn., and Heather Park and Holly Lowe of North Carolina.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Aug. 21. For more information on the service call 503-390-7830.

Q&A with McNary’s new A.D.

Of the Keizertimes

Arguably the most powerful person in Keizer when it comes to sports is the athletic director at McNary High School.

And for the first time in 15 years, there’s a new AD in town. Ron Richards came from McKay to replace former AD Mike Maghan, who retired last summer.

Richards, originally from Butte, Montana, played college sports at the University of Montana. He has since coached football and wrestling at the high school and college levels. Ten years ago, he became athletic director at McKay High School.

Richards sat down with the Keizertimes to answer a few questions.

KT: Why McNary, why now?

Ron Richards (RR): When Mike Maghan talked about retiring, I decided I’d like to finish my career out at a school like McNary. One that can compete across all sports at the state level, on the state stage. I thought that would be a fitting end to my career.

In addition, student leadership and character building are passions for Mike and me. I’d like to continue his work here at McNary.

KT: What differences are there between student-athletes at McNary versus their peers at McKay?

RR: Well, the biggest difference is that there are more students that have a real interest in athletics at McNary than at McKay. What I’ve noticed at McNary, regardless of whether it’s a boys or girls sport, whether it’s an individual or team sport, they’ve had the athletes that have been able to advance and compete at the state level, and I find that intriguing.

KT: I imagine you’re aware of McNary varsity girls winning 41 of 42 league games in volleyball, basketball and softball during the 2009-10 seasons. Pretty impressive?

RR: It sure is. Again, all sports here at McNary, depending upon the year, have had some really impressive feats. The girls doing that last year. Two years ago, the baseball team coming out of nowhere (to win a state title).

Last year, the wrestling team, in my mind, coming out of nowhere to win the Central Valley Conference championship. I’m the commissioner of wrestling and if I were to pencil in who was going to be the conference champion going into that tournament, McNary was one of them, but wouldn’t have been my first choice.

KT: What about the youth sports and how they feed into the McNary program? Is that different than what you saw at McKay?

RR: It’s my understanding that there’s a very strong youth program in Keizer. I think anytime you get a small-town atmosphere, and I like that McNary feeds into the small-town atmosphere because it is the high school of Keizer. Rather than one of six, it’s one of one.

My background has been in that type of deal. I really think it’s easier for the community to get behind their youth sports when the goal is to move their kids up into the same high school.

KT: How familiar are you with the coaching staffs here:

RR: Not very. I mean the ones that I’ve dealt with when I was the commissioner, and I’ve been a commissioner for a couple of sports. I’ve dealt with those people personally. The rest of them, just meeting them before games or talking to them. A couple of our coaches I met with in June. And I’ll be meeting with all the fall coaches before the season kicks off. And then the whole coaching staff once they all come back.

KT: What’s the status on the search for a new varsity baseball coach?

RR: The status on that is that we’ll be interviewing soon. It came to my attention late, and it was too late for Mike (Maghan) to really do anything about baseball, and too early for me to do anything about baseball.

We did know that the McNary baseball program is one that deserves a statewide look. I’m a firm believer that you should be able to grow your own coaches, and be able to work within your system to be able to replace them.

But when you’re competing at such a high level, you also want to make sure that you don’t allow any rock to go unturned. You want to make sure you’re getting the best candidate. I believe that we’ve got some solid candidates right here, but I also want to have a look and see what the availability is statewide.

We’re getting pretty close to sitting down, getting a group together to start interviewing coaches. And, of course, we’ll begin the interviews with what we have here at McNary High School. We’ll be looking at others who have applied and deciding whether it’s worth it to bring outsiders in.

At this point we haven’t decided whether we’ll be focusing internally or whether there’s some good candidates outside who will fit our needs that we should at least listen to …”

KT: What does it mean not having Redmond in the Central Valley Conference?

RR: Well, the main thing it means is we don’t have to travel there. It’s not mandated that we travel there for any reason. We’ll still be playing Redmond from time to time, because if we’re looking for a quality game and that sports gives us that quality game, we’ll travel or have them come here. But we don’t have to, so we get to choose our times.

We don’t have to travel to Redmond in February. We don’t have to travel to Redmond at the beginning of April when you get that April snowstorm that makes the pass really bad.

KT: That said, do you think a six-team Central Valley Conference is too small, too local?

RR: It’s too small. What we wanted to see, meaning people who think like I do, we wanted to see conferences with eight teams. We thought there was real value playing outside your conference … but there’s also real value in a strong large conference. We thought eight teams was the best. Not everybody agreed with us.

KT: Describe your philosophy as athletic director.

RR: Oh boy, that’s a real difficult one. My philosophy is to hire the best people and let them coach and do what it takes to get things done. I’m really a hands-off guy. I try to hire the best people and let them do what’s best.

That being said, I’m real big on leadership and character in the way athletes present themselves in representing the school.

In education what we’re trying to do is to build future leaders and future citizens of our communities. To do that we want to make sure that we’re always building character, that we’re always building leadership in bringing those intangibles together.

So it’s two-fold. I’ll have more of a hands-on in the leadership end of it, and more of a hands-off in the sports end of it.

Often times, with my background, the first thing people ask me is, wow, you can give the football program all sorts of input. That’s not how I operate. I operate as hands-off.

If anyone has a question as to how they believe they should coach a team, I’m a sounding board for them. I’ll listen to them.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, if you will, and I know I don’t have all the answers.

Big boxes near you

To the Editor:

Last night I went to my second meeting of Keep Keizer Livable. I would like  to clear up some things that came up last night that the public should know.

The real issue is not about a Walmart coming to Area C at Keizer Station, but how the mayor and council changed the meaning of mixed use. They have increased the building size for all areas in Keizer, whether it is Area C, the property behind St. Edwards Church, along Trail Avenue and all the property north of Lockhaven Drive along River Road. These are not all the areas that fall under mixed use.

Second, I, like a lot of others at the Keep Keizer Livable meeting,  do not live near Area C as you might have been led to believe.

It comes down to at some point almost anywhere in Keizer might face this issue right at their doorstep.

It is time for slow growth or no growth and for anyone who runs on that issue would get my vote.

Peter DeBeck

Even H. (Haggey) Post

Ms. Post, of Keizer, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. She was 94.

Born Dec. 8, 1915, in Akron, Ohio to Mat and Katherine Haggey, she was one of six children, attending Garfield Elementary School in Akron.

She wed Paul P. Ondas on ship during World War II in 1943, as Mr. Ondas was in the U.S. Navy. They moved to southern California in 1947.

After Mr. Ondas’ death in 1968, in 1970 she married Bill Post. Both were involved in Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. Mr. Post died in 1975.

She went to cosmetology school in the 1950s and opened a beauty salon in Temple City, Calif., operating it for 25 years. She was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed Hungarian cooking and singing, ministering in music to those in rest homes and singing in churches and senior bands.

Survivors include: two sons, Paul P. Ondas Jr. of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Dr. Robert Post of Easton, Md.; two daughters, Marie M. Cardamone of Cupertino, Calif. and Martha J. Logue of Keizer; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center.

Sales bring all the deals to the yard

Of the Keizertimes

It’s the season for yard sales.

Four neighborhoods will be hosting community garage sales over the next two weekends.

First up is the sale being coordinated jointly by Keizer Prairie Estates and The Meadows. From 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, the two north Keizer neighborhoods will be joining together to host dozens of yard sales. [MAP: 1]

The well-established McNary Estates Garage Sale will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. It’s expected some 100 homes will be participating. Admission is free, but a $2 donation to Marion-Polk Food Share – or two cans of food – would be appreciated.

That same day, dozens of houses in the Terrace Green neighborhood will be hosting yard sales as well.

“McNary who?” joked Kris Lockard, secretary of the Keizer Prairie Owners Association. Organizers are promoting it is “the biggest neighborhood garage sale in Keizer yet.”

There’s no solid numbers on how many houses will be participating in the Prairie/Meadows sale, but there’s about 100 houses in the Prairie area and about 271 in the Meadows.

“It’s the first time we’ve done a group one like this,” said Al Rasmus, a board member of the Meadows Maintenance Association. “There’s about 400 homes possibly having sales.”

They just thought getting the neighborhoods together seemed like a good idea.

“For one we thought it would be a good way to get to know each other, and to avoid all the traffic a garage sale attracts at all times in the summer,” Lockard said. “This way, we get it over with at once.”

Lockard said to expect lots of stuff for kids, as there are a fair number of young families in the neighborhoods.
For books and marbles, look no further than the Rasmus home.

“I read a lot so I’ve got a lot of what I called new paperbacks, ones that have been purchased in the past four or five months,”

Rasmus said. “I’m sure I’ll have some marbles out there too.”

Charles Dibert, secretary and treasurer of the Terrace Green Homeowners Association, said they hold a major yard sale about every other year.

“There’s economic advantages – the association pays for advertising and sending out flyers,” Dibert said. “It probably gets better coverage as a group, and probably draws more participants because they know there’s more than just one home.”

And then there’s the McNary Estates garage sale, the biggest of them all. Debi Morris, whose committee coordinates the event, said to expect anything and everything for sale.

“In the past there have been all kinds of fun things – everything including a kitchen sink. A vintage Coke machine, people might even have golf carts, automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles of all kinds, and antiques,” Morris said.

She encouraged attendees to use the entrance onto McClure Street off of Lockhaven Drive – it’s gated, but will be open that day – as traffic quickly builds for the sale at the River Road entrance. Walking is encouraged.

Getting there

• Keizer Prairie Estates & The Meadows: Sat., Aug. 14, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., turn left on Parkmeadow Drive or Meadowridge Street. Follow signs and balloons.

• McNary Estates, Sat., Aug. 21: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Turn onto McNary Estates Drive from River Road N., or north onto McClure Street from Lockhaven Drive.

• Terrace Green Homeowners Association: Sat., Aug. 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sales on all streets off of 6900 Nottingham Drive NE, plus New Terrace Court.

School board approves $18M in budget cuts

Of the Keizertimes

Adjustments to the 2010-11 budget of the Salem-Keizer School District, reflecting additional cuts that total $18 million, were approved by the board of directors Tuesday.

When the board adopted the budget, it was aware that it did not address new reductions Gov. Ted Kulongoski had identified. At the board’s June meeting, Superintendent Sandy Husk said the reductions would bring the total budget cuts to $23.8 million.

Specifically, the additional reductions will be:

• $6.6 million from the new school start-up fund and the risk management reserve.

• $2.3 million from compensation. All district staffers have agreed to take four unpaid days, two of which will be student contact days.

• $2.8 million from full-time equivalencies by freezing and vacating positions.

• $2.93 million from funding from supplies, materials and purchased services including computers and other technology.

• $870,000 from funding for new textbooks and career/technology education expansion.

• $2.5 million by transferring from the capital maintenance budget for bond funds and reducing the transportation budget.

The board also approved two purchases involving planned elementary schools: a $109,000 strip of West Salem land for a berm to separate a 47-acre school site from nearby houses, and a $1,371,901 parcel in South Salem for a school site.

Board members filled a barrel with donated school supplies in response to a drive by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation to lessen the impact of the budget cuts.

Personnel actions approved by the board included changing the status of Mara Arnold, a second-grade English as a second language teacher at Weddle Elementary School, from contract full-time to contract part-time, as well as employment of:

• Laura Hyman as a temporary full-time first grade teacher at Gubser Elementary School.

• Emily Blanshan as a first-year probation part-time music teacher at Hazel Green and Lake Labish elementary schools.

• Erin Nichols as a first-year probation part-time counselor at Claggett Creek Middle School.

• Angela Yuranek as a first-year probation full-time second grade teacher at Cummings Elementary School.

• Heather Stein as a second-year probation part-time music teacher at McNary High School.

• Joyce Benson as a second-year probation part-time first grade English as a second language teacher at Cummings.

* Teresia Adams as a third-year probation full-time learning resource center teacher at McNary.

*Melanie Austria and Michelle Percy as contract full-time third grade teachers at Clear Lake Elementary School.

The board accepted the resignations of Dawn Castronovo as a kindergarten teacher at Cummings and Vincent Suetos as a DLC teacher at McNary.

Tops in Albany

Submitted photo

The KYBA Celts won the 2010 Albany Hoop Jam 8U Boys 3-on-3 championship with a 7-0 record. On the final day, the KYBA Celts defeated their three opponents with a quarterfinal score of 15-0, semifinal score of 12-6 and championship game score of 12-3. Team members, left to right, are: Riley Flores, Carson Molan, Luke Miller and Jason Walling, Jr.

Water tower design

To the Editor:

Of course there are a few things that I would rather see the City of Keizer spend money on, such as a library, but the water tower near Keizer Station presents too good an opportunity to ignore.  It is perfectly located to display the City’s name and help distinguish it from its larger neighbor to the south.

As you travel across the country, particularly the Plains states, the names of communities on their water towers provide a ubiquitous vision of Americana.  Let’s join them!

In my view, the simplest and likely cheapest design would involve only the City’s name in large block letters.  It would be instantly informative without the distraction that might occur to someone trying to discern what was really intended.  So I say go for it – just say “KEIZER” in big block letters.

Art Burr

Capital City ends season in thrilling style

Members of the Capital City Select 14-U baseball team include, top row, left to right: Coach Mark Hardin, Andrew Ketelson, Connor Goff, Ben DeSaulnier, Travis Klampe, Trent Hardin, Alex Barzee, coach Willy Goff and coach Justin Barchus. Bottom row: Manager Scott Barchus, Cody Ratliff, Connor Suing, Jordan Barchus, coach Daniel Zavala, Cyrus Mooney and coach David Zavala. (Submitted photo)

REDDING, Calif. – The Capital City Select 14-U baseball team wrapped up its season in dramatic fashion by completing three come-from-behind victories at the Big League Field of Dreams.

The thrilling wins provided the Black Sox with the tournament title.

“We ended the season at 44-22,” said manager Scott Barchus, “a number that includes eight finals appearances and three championship titles against the highest level of competition in the Northwest.”

Here’s a recap from Redding:

Capital City 10, Nor Cal Royals 7

Capital City started pool play against the Royals. It was 2-1 after the first inning when the Black Sox broke out with five runs on five consecutive bunts. Then scored one more on doubles by Connor Goff and Cody Ratliff. Alex Barzee put the game out of reach with a two-RBI double in the fourth to give the Sox a 10-3 lead.

Capital City 7, Redding Vipers 6

Capital City fell behind in the the first following a leadoff home run by the Vipers. But responded with one run in their next at-bat.

Capital City gained the lead, 3-1, in the third. But Redding responded with a three-run home run to lead 4-3.

The Sox tied it in the top of the fifth when Trent Hardin scored on an error. But the Vipers struck again to lead 6-4.

Down to their last out with Hardin on first, the Black Sox began their comeback. Back-to-back singles by Goff and Andrew Ketelson loaded the bases. Ratliff followed with a huge RBI double to the wall to tie the game at six. Jordan Barchus walked and Travis Klampe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run.

With a runner in scoring position, Connor Suing closed out the win.

Capital City 5, Rohnert Park Courage 3

Great pitching by Ketelson and a lack of offense for the Sox had the game tied at one entering the fourth.

The Courage then scored one more off Ketelson on an error, but the Sox came back with their biggest inning, scoring Barzee, Hardin and Ketelson to take the lead 4-2 going into the fifth.

Capital tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth when Ben DeSaulnier hit a solo home run to centerfield.

Barzee followed with the save to complete pool play as the number one seed.

Capital City 7, Nor Cal Royals 6

In the semifinals, Capital City led for the first time in the tournament when DeSaulnier scored on a Hardin single in the bottom of the first.

A double by Ketelson and an RBI single by Barchus made the score 2-0, and another run was added when Cyrus Mooney scored from first on a Barzee double.

Nor Cal came back with a huge inning. The Royals scored their first run on consecutive base hits, but then an error and a walk led to a three-run home run to put the Royals in front.

The Black Sox trailed, 6-3, heading into the final frame. But Barchus started the inning with a single to center. Then with runners on first and third with one out, DeSaulnier delivered an RBI single.

Following a fly out to left, the Black Sox were down to their last out. Barzee came up with an RBI  to bring the game within one run. Hardin was intentionally walked, bringing up Goff, who came through with a line drive single to tie the game. The winning run scored on a Ketelson liner.

Capital City 7, Redding Vipers 6

In a rematch of the Sox’s toughest pool play game, Capital City trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the third of the championship game.

But in the third, Mooney scored on a double by Barchus and Klampe followed with an RBI single to make it 6-4.

In the sixth, DeSaulnier was hit by pitch and Ketelson followed with a drag bunt for a single. Both runners advanced on an errant throw by the pitcher. Barzee ripped an RBI single, then Hardin laced a ball to the wall to put the winning run at third base and setting the stage for Ratliff, who followed with another RBI single to left.

In the sixth, the Vipers’ first two batters reached base. The Sox were up for the challenge, though, as Klampe came in to pitch for the first time in the tournament. He struck out the cleanup hitter and then induced a double-play grounder.

With the win, “the Sox claimed our third championship and ended our season in amazing fashion, with a 5-0 record in Redding,” said manager Scott Barchus.

The Capital City roster includes Andrew Ketelson, Connor Goff, Ben DeSaulnier, Travis Klampe, Trent Hardin, Alex Barzee, Cody Ratliff, Connor Suing, Jordan Barchus, Daniel Zavala, Cyrus Mooney and Zach Hammerschmith. The team is coached by Scott Barchus, Justin Barchus, David Zavala, Willy Goff, and Mark Hardin.