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Month: October 2010

Beware of promises

To the Editor:

I got a Robocall with a prerecorded message. I hate those type of call so I hung up. It’s one way to make sure you won’t get my vote. The robocall make me think about how much was spent on slogans, phrases and sound bites.

Slogans, phrases and sound bites are just that, nothing more. They  don’t fix anything nor do they change anything. What you have to do is look for clues from people. If it is always “me” or “I,” the ego is too big to work through an issue with anyone.

The bigger the promise the harder it will be to deliver. Remember hype has never given us anythingother than false hope. Promises are like Greeks bearing gifts, beware of them.

Peter DeBeck
Keizer

Celts get one more shot at CVC win

McNary’s Wes Heredia stares down an Olympian on the rush. Sprague won the game 38-30. (Submitted by aim1photo.com)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

For the past four weeks, the story of the McNary varsity football team has been a book with series of repeated pages – stop the run, stop turning over the ball.

“There’s simply one of those special kids on each of the teams in the Central Valley Conference and McKay is no exception with [Ian] Silbernagel,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach.

The Celtics (0-4 CVC, 2-6 overall) host the Royal Scots (2-2 CVC, 3-4 overall) Friday, Oct. 29. Game time is 7 p.m.

McNary is locked in the league’s last spot, but it means the game will be played as much for pride as it will be for the hope of heading into the state playoff play-in game on a win.

“We want to take McKay off track and it will give us a big momentum boost to take another ‘W,’” said Gonzalo Cervantes, McNary kicker.

To prevail, the team will have to stop Silbernagel, the Royal Scots’ multitalented quarterback. Silbernagel met his match in the South Salem Saxons last week, who held him to 118 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. The week prior, Silbernagel’s final minute 75-yard rush led the team to a victory over North Salem. Silbernagel lists CVC championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter track competition in his growing arsenal of weapons.

“He’s another big, really great quarterback need to contain him, keep our eyes on him and limit our turnovers,” said Celt Jared Van Cleave.

On the McNary side of the ball, that could mean bad news, but lineman Alex Willeford said shutting Silbernagel down will be an exercise in mind over matter.

“Stopping the run is all about who has the tougher mindset and we have to have it this week,” Willeford said. “We’re adding an extra guy to the line this week and that could help, it would have worked last week if we were the tougher team.”

In another season, the McKay game might be the last game of the year for an, at times, heavy-hearted team. Win or lose, the Celts will get one last chance to show off their talent in a play-in game for the state playoffs next week.

“The play-in gives you an opportunity to play against some other leagues,” Ward said. “If you win, you’re facing a Jesuit on their home turf and isn’t going to be any easier than other games throughout the season, but it helps keep a team’s head up and motivated.”

In Willeford’s case, the play-in game helps him keep the whole season in perspective.

“The time on the field passes really fast, you can’t take it for granted,” he said. “You’ve got to appreciate the time you’ve got to play football.”

Recession may be ‘over’ but jobless rate in Salem rises again

Unemployment in the Salem area rose to 11.1 percent, higher than last year at this time and a half-point higher than the current statewide jobless rate.

According to Worksource Oregon, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) – which includes Keizer – rose to 11.1 percent from August’s revised rate of 10.7 percent.

It’s 0.1 percent higher than the September 2009 rate for the area, and it’s a half-point higher than the statewide adjusted rate of 10.6 percent for September.

An estimated 19,439 Marion and Polk county residents are unemployed in a labor force of 201,859 for the month.

Total non-farm employment for September was 145,100 – a loss of 3,400 jobs since September 2009, according to Regional Economist Patrick O’Connor. Public sector lost 300, with private non-far employment dropping by 3,100. The health care sector grew by 100 jobs in the past year.

While some 1,100 jobs were added between August and September, O’Connor writes, the area typically gains about 2,000 jobs in the same time period.

“The timing of fall hiring can be unpredictable in Salem,” O’Connor stated. “Much of the seasonal hiring is in food manufacturing. With crops growing slowly, as they are this season, hiring may be moved back several weeks to account for the slow growing season.”
Even one indicator O’Connor had pointed to as positive news – growth in the professional and business services sector, which includes temp agencies – is lagging after showing year-to-year growth. He said the sector was up 100 jobs in September, but is flat for the past 12 months. This sector is one that is a “leading indicator” of the way the overall economy is moving, he stated.

“In recent months, the Salem MSA’s unemployment rate has crept back up and is back up to the levels experienced in 2009,” O’Connor stated. “High unemployment rates are likely to persist through 2010.”

In key sectors:

• Construction lost 100 jobs in September, and is down 700 jobs in the past 12 months.

• Manufacturing is down 200 jobs for the month.

• Retail has dropped by 100 jobs in the past month, and 800 in the past 12 months.

• Public sector: Federal government shed 200 jobs, state government dropped 600 and local government added 1,500.

Edward Ernest Carlson

Mr. Carlson, of Keizer, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. He was 88.

Born Sept. 2, 1920, in Stillwater, Minn., he grew up on a dairy farm and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. While stationed in San Francisco, he met Patricia Tickle, and the two married in June of 1951. He worked as a machinist in the Salem area since 1958, and retired from Salem Equipment.

He enjoyed gardening, attending church and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Gertrude Carlson; and his wife. Survivors include: his sisters, Mary Carlson and Evelyn Rydeen; children, Mark Carlson and Christina Myers; grandchildren, Zachary and Sarah Myers; his brother-in-law; George; and nephews, Bruce, Ken and Doug.

The family wishes to thank Sherwood Park Care Center for their care.

Memorial services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1998 Lansing Avenue NE.

Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Councilor questions whether to keep buying fluoride equipment

file photo

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A proposal before the Keizer City Council would halt purchase of fluoridation equipment for five of the city’s wells.

Councilor Richard Walsh, who first questioned whether adding fluoride to the city’s water supply was a worthwhile endeavor, requested the moratorium, with Councilors Brandon Smith and Cathy Clark concurring.

Passionate testimony at a Keizer City Council work session in October fell more often than not in favor of keeping fluoride in the city’s water system. The widespread practice is a public health measure to reduce dental caries, and has been called by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century.

Walsh’s proposal would not stop the existing fluoridation process, but would instead halt additional purchases of fluoridation equipment.

The city has 15 wells, nine of which already have fluoridation equipment, according to a staff report from City Attorney Shannon Johnson. It would halt planned purchases of equipment for five more wells; revamping of another well with fluoridation is already underway and cannot be changed per contract, Johnson wrote.

The additional purchases and installation would cost about $48,015.

“Currently we are fluoridating the system 100 percent about 80 percent of the year,” said Public Works Director Rob Kissler. “With the purchase of these additional systems, our system will be 100 percent fluoridated even during the high consumption times of summer.”

Walsh said he is “not convinced that a compelling case has been made that our current system of fluoridation is broken or has resulted in an unacceptable level of cavities sufficient to justify this additional expense.”

In a white paper delivered to councilors, Walsh stated the fluoride dips below American Dental Association’s recommended amount of 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million (PPM) during summer months, where more water is used to irrigate, fill swimming pools, wash cars and other non-consumption uses. The additional equipment would be needed to maintain said level of fluoridation.

Without adding the equipment, Walsh wrote, annual cost this fiscal year to put fluoride in the city’s water is $48,067. With the new equipment, annual operating cost would rise to $78,572 in 2010 dollars.

“There is no evidence suggesting a need to increase the fluoride we put into our water,” he added.

Councilor Jim Taylor believes the proposal is “a back-door ploy to lessen fluoride,” noting the money appropriated for the purchases is already budgeted.

“I’m not willing to condemn the next generation being born now to bad health,” Taylor said.

Smith said he’s leaning toward stopping the equipment replacement, and questions the extent of the government’s role in what is essentially a public health measure.

“I understand it’s legal and a widely-accepted practice across the country,” Smith said. “…This is an issue that is very personal to those who know and care about it, and I don’t take that lightly.  I’m less concerned with the science, since there is significant disagreement between the experts, and more concerned with clarifying the question of whether it’s the government’s role to perform this service.”

Lady Celts sweep Olys, Vikings, Titans

By ERIC A. HOWALD

Of the Keizertimes

After going undefeated in their first swing through the Central Valley Conference, the new goal for the McNary High School varsity volleyball team is simple: be better.

“Be better with every touch and against every opponent. Better mentally and better disciplined,” said Dustin Walker, Celtic head coach.

The attitude was on display last week as the girls locked horns with North Salem High School. In the first round of CVC competition, the Vikings were the only team to take a game off the Celts, but McNary won handily in three sets last week, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19.

“It was like redeeming ourselves,” said Celt Simona Arnautov. “It was proof we earned that first win and it wasn’t a fluke.”

“We had to make a statement and we played our hardest the whole way through,” added Madi Cavell, a senior.

Cavell led in kills, 14, aces, 4, and blocks, 4. Deven Hunter put down 10 kills. Whittley Harrell had nine digs and four aces. Arnautov tied Harrell for most digs with nine.

Walker was also pleased with the work and effort of setter Megan Holland who had 31 assists on the night.

“Megan runs the court and distributes the ball and makes better and better decisions every day,” Walker said. “That’s a hard position to play because, like a quarterback, there’s always something that can be done better, but Megan is doing a great job for us.”

Prior to the North Salem game, the Celts donned purple uniforms for a game with Sprague High School. The special uniforms were part of a fundraiser for Sprague student Frida Salinas who is battling pancreatic cancer.

“We knew we couldn’t lose our focus even though we’re doing things a bit differently and we didn’t. We played tough and worked it out,” Cavell said.

The Celts dominated in a first match win of 25-10, but Sprague found their footing and produced a better showing in the team’s second two matches, which went to McNary with scores of 25-19 and 25-17. The games for the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams brought in more than $4,000 that will help pay for Salinas’s treatments.

Cavell led in kills, 16, and added four blocks. Hunter had 10 kills and put up five blocks. Holland had 27 assists and Keri Stein had 18 digs.

Many of the girls were anticipating a match with West Salem High School Tuesday, Oct. 19.

“West is still a concern,” said Averi Wing. They were picked to win league, and they’ll come back ready to play.”

Tension was high throughout the game, but McNary won in three sets, 25-11, 25-13, 25-20.

Beyond the remaining games in Central Valley Conference competition, the Lady Celts are slowly turning their focus to potential competition in the state tournament.

“We’re working on preparing ourselves for teams like Sunset and Sheldon and Central Catholic,” Arnautov said. “Basically, we’re expecting everything.”

Mental mistakes haunt Celtics’ 34-21 loss

Celt Garren Robinett struggles for an extra yard as a South Salem players wraps him up. (Keizertimes/ERIC A. HOWALD)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Formidable opponent aside, it was errors on the Celtic side of the football that kept the varsity team from closing the gap in the 34-21 loss to South Salem High School.

McNary allowed a touchdown with four seconds remaining in the half that permitted the Saxons a lead they would never surrender, but a blown snap in the red zone near the top of the fourth quarter and a final drive that netted McNary more than 30 yards on five consecutive penalties were nails in the coffin.

“On the last drive, we had three minutes left and plenty of time to run the ball down and go for an onside kick. That’s the mindset, and then we started taking the belly punches,” said Rick Ward, head coach.

McNary’s first big play of the game came at the hands of Garren Robinett who reeled in a pass from South Salem’s Jaylynn Bailey inside the Celtic 10-yard line. The Celts didn’t make anything of the return drive, but the Saxons scored on their next possession for a 7-0 lead. South Salem recovered a dropped snap on McNary’s next possession and Bailey rushed into the end zone from a yard out for a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

“It’s been a lot of the same thing all season,” said Mike Gerasimenko, a Celtic defensive back. “We weren’t wrapping up and we were getting beat by the wide receivers in the first half.”

McNary picked up a big conversion on fourth and 11 their next drive that appeared to buoy spirits. Celtic quarterback Kyle Ismay connected with James Lowells on a 25-pass for a touchdown. Gonzalo Cervantes added the extra point for a score of 13-7.

McNary forced a fumble on the Saxon return drive, but South Salem responded by picking off an Ismay pass intended for Robinett in the Saxon end zone. South scored on the return drive for a 21-7 lead and McNary plowed back down the field deep into Saxon territory. On the 20-yard line with third down with five yards to go and 42 seconds left in the half, Ismay connected with Robinett for a touchdown that closed the gap to 21-14.

The Saxons raced back down the field and added the final touchdown of the half for a 28-14 lead.

“We didn’t stop the run at all in the first half. We knew that going in that it was likely to be a problem and it proved to be true, but we did a lot better in the second half,” Ward said.

The team has trouble hitting on all cylinders at the same time, said Robinett.

“In the first half, we had a good offensive night  and weak defense, then in the second half it was the exact opposite,” he said.

Ismay connected with Robinett for a second and final time in a third quarter touchdown, but it was a fading glimpse of what the game could have become.

On the return drive, Gerasimenko came up with an interception, but the drive was marred by a blown snap that flew right past Ismay’s head as he called an audible.

“If we had scored off that drive it may have been a different story,” Gerasimenko said.

The McNary defense made big stops on the return drive, but the Saxons made an interception on McNary’s next possession that led to the final touchdown of the game and a 34-21 lead.

McNary’s penalty-plagued final drive meant the team went out with a whimper rather than a bang.

“We didn’t go hard every play,” said McNary’s Jake Short, a defensive back. “We had maybe 10 plays and then one play where we were doing it right.”

Kids put their Hands On Government

Hands on Government tiles have been installed at the Keizer Civic Center. The project gets the name and birth year of Keizer children, and puts them on tiles. They raised funds for the Making Keizer Better foundation. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon Zaitz)

Tiles for the Hands on Government project were installed at Keizer Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The tiles are a project of Making Keizer Better Foundation as a fund raiser for their main event, RIVERfair.  The six-inch square tiles are painted with handprints in various colors.  Each tile has the person’s name and birth year—most tiles were completed by Keizer children over the past year at RIVERfair, the Iris Festival and other events.

Members of the board of Making Keizer Better who gathered to lay the tiles included Mary Sasaki, who led the project for the foundation, Jan Cline, Kim Beelsey, JoAnne Beilke, Jim Trett, Cathy Clark and Lyndon Zaitz.  David Brandt volunteered his time and supplies to fasten the tiles which are located on the sidewalk in to the south of the civic center entrance, in front of the offices of the Keizer Police Department.  One hundred fourteen tiles were laid.  The Foundation will offer sales and handprinting of tiles later in the winter, and at the 2011 Iris Festival and RIVERfair.

Alicia Self of Keizer, manager of the ColorTile store in Salem, donated the grout for the project. Born and raised in Keizer, she said she thought it sounded like a great project and had to help.

Frosh team will honor relatives’ military service

Jacob Gillett and Kolton Vickers will be co-team captains during the McNary freshman football game with McKay Thursday, Oct. 28. Both their fathers have been called up to active duty since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When things are going as well as they have been for the McNary High School freshman football team, it’s easy to lose perspective, but that’s not the same as facing adversity.

“I hear athletes talk all the time in interviews about ‘overcoming adversity’ to win a championship,” said Ted Anagnos, head coach of the frosh team. “Just once, I’d like to see an athlete interviewed say that playing a game is not adversity. Adversity is the guy fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq in 115-degree temperatures so we get the right to play a great game.”

Earlier this season, he was trying to impress upon the young Celts the importance keeping wins, even several of them in a row, in perspective and he asked how many of their families had been affected by military deployments. Two players, Jacob Gillet and Kolton Vickers, had fathers who had been deployed since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The pair will be co-team captains in the upcoming game with McKay High School Thursday, Oct. 28. The players with other family members in the armed forces will stand 10 yards behind the captains as they take the field.

Gillett’s father, Lt. Col. Michael Gillett in the National Guard, was stationed in Iraq for 10 months last year. He handled personnel and logistics for defensive operations at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad.

“It was a scary time,” Jacob said. “I think we were always worried he might get shot.”

Kolton’s father was last deployed in 2003 for two years in North Carolina, while he was young at the time, the family recently received word that Sgt. 1st Class Michael Vickers would be redeployed sometime in the next six to eight months.

“We just found out about that a few weeks ago and it was pretty tough,” Kolton said.

The Vickers have a constant reminder of the dangers faced by American armed forces, the family runs a tribute car, under the name Guardian Racing, in area drag races that displays the names of fallen soldiers from throughout Oregon.

“If someone has a family member killed in the line of duty, they can call us and we’ll add their name to the car,” Kolton said.

In the midst of such turmoil – not to mention making the massive leap from middle school to high school – both boys have found an outlet in football and other sports for any tension that arises.

“For me, having a perspective on how well we’re doing means I’m not focused on just one thing at any time,” Kolton said.

It can’t hurt, however, that their football team has made enormous strides on the field. Both boys admire their fathers as heroes, but both also know the pride they have in their families.

“My best memory of my dad was on a trip we took to Florida,” Jake said. “He ended up going to a conference and took me along. As he introduced me to the people he worked with, he treated me like a trophy and that felt really good,” Jacob said.

Anagnos has great faith in his crop of Celtic gridders, but he know it can fade if the players don’t maintain a firm footing in the things that truly matter. Appreciating the sacrifice of others is only one part of what he hopes will allow the team to bring home a state championship with a few more years of experience.

“This is a very humble, deep and talented group,” Anagnos said. “I feel they have handled the success in perspective, but it takes a lot of discipline to achieve the goals we have. My dad made us salute the flag and stand tall as Americans and remember why we are here, that’s a lesson I want them to carry forward.”

Boys, girls knot games with Vikings on the soccer field

McNary’s Juan Diego Mercado slides the ball through the legs of a South Salem forward. (Keizertimes/ERIC A. HOWALD)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

It’s beginning to feel like a common refrain – more goals.

Both the boys and girls varsity soccer team ended their matches with North Salem High School in draws. The girls tied the game at 1-1 and the boys knotted at 0-0. Players on both teams considered the games an upward swing in overall play, but the elusive wins are beginning to weigh heavily on their shoulders.

“We gotta finish like we do in practice,” said the boys’ Hugo Gonzalez. “We have to be confident when we shoot, that will make a huge difference.”

The boys met the Vikings on road Wednesday, Oct. 13, and battled to the Celts’ first shutout of the season in what players described as an “intense” game.

“We had a lot of shots on goal, we grew up a lot on the field,” said Hugo Cortez.

Miguel Camarena, Celtic head coach, was particularly pleased with the results as an away game with a top team in the league and as a sign of improvement over the Celtic effort earlier this season.

“The first game we lost 4-0, they were better team than us from the start to the end, but this time we changed formations, players and the team looked good and we played better than them,” he said. “Unfortunately, we missed many opportunities to score.”

Camarena singled out defender Oscar Ramirez for shutting down Viking Jose Somoza.

“He did that and helped our team to have an excellent game and our defense to look better and solid in the back,” Camarena said. “Hugo Cortez had his best game so far with four spectacular saves.”

Strategic retreats also worked well in the game, said Celt Luis Garibay.

“We’ve been pressuring more than usual,” he said. “But we’ve also been waiting until they come into our side of the field and then attacking.”

The girls also had an improved showing with North Salem despite the tie, Camarena said.

“Defensively, we did a pretty good job, the intensity was there,” he said. “We are getting confident and we are playing better soccer.”

The game left senior Jordan Salinas more tired than any game so far this season.

“It was one of our best games. We hustled and had great communication,” Salinas said.

Salinas scored the team’s only goal of the game off an assist from Stacey Titchenal. The Vikings caught up on a penalty kick in the 35th minute – the most upsetting aspect of the game.

“I would rather they had just gotten the goal outright,” Salinas said. “But we got right back up and into the game.”

The team still needs to clean up their passing game, said Alex Van Amburgh.

“We did pretty well, but we could have done better. We could have had better passes, a lot of them weren’t going to the right place,” she said.

Salinas, Van Amburgh and Casey Sidwell were Camarena’s picks for players of the game.

Overall, the team looked and played better than they did in previous outings, Salinas said.

“Our girls are finally playing as team, like we should have been the whole time,” she said.