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Day: September 14, 2010

Remember when? Share the story with Keizer oral history project

As a city Keizer is only 27 years old.
But as a community it goes back much further than that.

The Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) is looking to capture personal memories of the Keizer area via its Oral History project.

The idea has been percolating for years, but never seemed to get off the ground.

“But we never gave up,” said Terri Hoag, vice chair of KPIC. “It was always on our list of to-dos, and we decided if we were going to do it we’d better do it before we lost too many people.”

Lately the committee has been gung-ho, with Jill Bonney-Hill spearheading the project.

In a partnership with Keizer-23, the group has filmed two interviews with longtime Keizerites so far – Evelyn Franz, who grew up on a farm in east Keizer, and Dr. Vern Casterline, who set up the city’s first physician’s office.

The episodes filmed are shown daily at 5:30 p.m. on Keizer 23, the city’s government access channel, and available streaming at The series is being hosted by Jason Cox, news editor of the Keizertimes.

There is a sense of urgency driving the project, the committee members agreed. As time slips by, people die and their memories go with them.

“There’s a lot of information, facts and data that’s going to be lost if we don’t get it recorded somewhere,” Hoag said. “That was our main reason – to get memories of Keizer in people’s own words as to what happened and what they experienced.”
Franz shared stories of growing up on the farm, and roller skating down River Road to class at Keizer School. Casterline talked about house calls he made as a physician, and the occasionally unconventional modes of payment he’d get from patients who didn’t have the money to pay him.

“I’m sure they both had a lot more that they could have said,” Hoag said.

Hoag is a lifelong Keizerite whose grandfather, Guy Smith, farmed the land a solid portion of the city now sits on. For relative newcomers Bonney-Hill and Julie Thomas, another committee member, it’s a chance to get to know their town’s past.

“It’s a fairly new community to me,” said Thomas, who relocated to Keizer last year after spending 28 years in Salem. “I’m getting to know the community where I live better. I joined KPIC because I think it’s important to give back to the community. This just kind of went right in with it.”

Bonney-Hill has lived in Keizer for nine years now, but still considers herself a relative newcomer.

“I wanted to learn more about Keizer myself, and we want to get as much history as we can from people who lived here and made Keizer what it is today,” she added.”

Boys soccer team will have depth, determination

Celt Nevin McLain (center) traps the ball during practice last week at McNary High School. (Keizertimes/ERIC A. HOWALD0

Of the Keizertimes

Things will be different for the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team this season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean worse, according to several of the players.

“We have some new faces, but they’ll do what they do. They’ll fill the spots just fine,” said senior Nevin McLain.

McNary could still be the team to beat in the Central Valley Conference, said senior Jake Paulson.

“We lost some players, but we’ve still got depth,” Paulson said.

The Celtics lost four powerhouses, with 12 years of varsity experience between them, to graduation in June.

“We still have a pretty good team, but we’ll have to play different,” said Luis Garibay, a senior. “We could play more calmly last year. This year we’ll have to step it up and move the ball around more.”

Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach, knows that the team will have to work hard to achieve their goals this season, but he was eagerly anticipating McNary’s preseason match-ups.

“It’s going to help us to have good teams to play in the preseason like Jesuit, CV, and Woodburn,” Camarena said.

While a number of players bring varsity experience to the table, Celtics strengths in 2010 are likely to be speed and versatility.

“They’re all eager to learn and they’re getting better every day,” he said.

Returning sophomore Mychael Thomas moved from defense to forward this season and he’d already set his sights on leading the team to more goals.

“I want to see more bonding and working together,” Thomas said. “I want us to get to the playoffs and go far.”

McNary lost a quarterfinal match to Jesuit 7-1 last season, but it was the second consecutive quarterfinal appearance for the Celts.

The team will need to step up coverage of the midfield and talk more if they want to match or improve on the team’s 2009 showing, Paulson said.

“We’re also going to need to play quicker,” he added.

West Salem High School is the school most of the Celtic players are gunning for in 2010. Thomas said the team is home to many friends who he anticipates meeting on the pitch, while Paulson is impressed by the team’s overall talent.

“They’ve got a lot of young, really quality players,” Paulson said.

McNary will face the Titans for the first time Oct. 6. They kicked off their season Thursday past press time with a home field rematch against Jesuit. The Celts travel to Albany for a match with Crescent Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Game time is 4:30 p.m.