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Day: January 11, 2012

Blue Caboose seeks passengers

Tiawna Abney, 5, Evan Griffith, 8, and Madison Griffith, 3, show off the playroom at Little Blue Caboose Daycare. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

A new northeast Keizer daycare is sounding the “all aboard.”

Little Blue Caboose Daycare, 2498 Aldine Court N.E., opened up its doors earlier this week. The daycare has space for six children with future expansion, up to 16 children, in the works.

“We want it to be an experience where the kids are asking, ‘Do I get to go to daycare?’ instead of ‘Do I have to go to daycare?’” said owner Maxine Armstrong.

Armstrong is running the daycare with daughters Chandra Griffith and Nakita White.

Care services are offered for children ages six weeks to 10 years. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. All care providers have completed behavior and criminal background checks as well as infant CPR and first aid certifications.

“Eventually, we’ll have before and after schoolers and be set up to do some local transportation,” Armstrong said.

Breakfast, lunch and two snacks with an emphasis on healthy, natural, no preservative foods are provided each day.

The daycare, at a private home, includes a playroom, a kitchen that will double as a craft and school room, and a rest room with infant beds. Future plans include a converted garage that will allow Little Blue Caboose’s clients more freedom to run without the traditional damp Oregon weather dousing the fun. Outside play will be encouraged rain or shine.

Griffith is a certified nanny who will be helping prepare the youngest clients for kindergarten with work on ABCs, numbers, shapes and reading concepts.

“We really want to have time to deviate from the plan and have the flexibility that will spark imagination,” Armstrong said.

To schedule a visit, or for more information, call Armstrong at 503-463-7077, or Griffith at 503-990-3577. They can also be contacted through [email protected] or where pricing information is available.

Treb returns for season five with Volcanoes

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have announced that Tom “Treb” Trebelhorn will return to the Volcanoes as Field Manager in 2012.

Trebelhorn’s return marks his fifth season with the Volcanoes, the longest tenure for any Volcanoes manager since the team’s inception in 1997.  The Volcanoes won the Northwest League’s Western Division Title in 2008 and 2009, and the Northwest League Championship in 2009, under Trebelhorn’s leadership.

Trebelhorn, a Portland native and graduate of Cleveland High School and Portland State University, is entering his 43rd year of professional baseball as a player, coach and manager.   He managed in the major league and was named American League Manager of the Year in 1987 by Baseball America and Sports Illustrated.

“Treb has a wealth of knowledge to share, has had great success, and knows what it takes to advance to the next level.  The Volcanoes are thrilled to have Treb back in a Volcanoes uniform,” said Jerry Walker, Volcanoes team president.

Jerry Cram will return as the Volcanoes pitching coach.  Cram, who coached with the Volcanoes in 2011, also served as the Volcanoes pitching coach from 2004-2008.  Under his guidance, the Volcanoes won three consecutive Northwest League Western Division Championships and two consecutive Northwest League Championships.

Keizer native Ricky Ward will return as a Volcanoes coach. Ward joined the Volcanoes during the 2005 season, and has been with the Volcanoes each year since. He played for the Giants in Everett, Washington, Clinton, Iowa and San Jose, California. Ward signed with Minnesota in 1994, and joined their AA affiliate in Nashville until a knee injury ended his career.

The Volcanoes will open their 2012 campaign on Thursday, June 14, with a pre-season game versus the College All-Stars. The club begins Northwest League play on Friday, June 15 at home versus the Boise Hawks. Ticket packages are currently on sale.