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Day: February 29, 2012

Cops find stolen property, say more arrests on the way

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes 

Keizer Police found a cache of stolen property in the 3600 block of Brooks Avenue NE, arrested one man and detained five more.

Officers served a search warrant on the home at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 investigating burglaries committed earlier in the day. Five people were temporarily detained, while a 16-year-old boy was arrested on a probation violation.

Sgt. Trevor Wenning of Keizer Police said numerous stolen items were found from burglaries in Salem, Keizer and Marion County. He said more arrests are expected.

The juvenile, a Keizer resident, was arrested for theft by receiving and probation violation.

Celtics’ theater insider takes final curtain call

KEIZERTIMES

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School lost a faithful ally last week with the passing of Dan Hays.

Hays, 67, succumbed to failing health Sunday, Feb. 19, but his impact on a generation of McNary High School students was indelible.

Hays worked with Celtic drama students for more than 14 years, he was known as the theater department’s dramaturge, providing research and printed materials for the department, and directed the school’s Shakespearean efforts for a number of years.

“He directed, he provided a historical and a literary context for every McNary production, he wrote press releases. He would come in and spend the day with kids in class. He was essentially a second instructor with a huge amount of experience,” said Linda Baker, the former director of the McNary theater program.

Hays grew up in Medford and attended Southern Oregon University where he became a protege of Angus Bowmer, the founder of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Baker said he was offered a position that would have led to him directing at the festival but turned it down to pursue acting.

“He traveled and acted spending time in Scotland. He went on to earn two master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and finally landed in Salem,” Baker said.

In addition to reviewing books for the local daily newspaper, Hays became deeply entrenched in the local theater community.

“Dan would say life is art and theater is life. He loved the community of theater and the potential for theater to deliver a message,” Baker said.

Baker enlisted him early along with McNary technical director Terry Rohse to help produce William Shakespeare’s works at McNary.

“We had adults from Rohse’s Windrider Productions would come in and play the adult roles and McNary students would play the younger roles. Dan just stayed and he was wonderful,” Baker said.

Baker described Hays as “a man of towering intellect with a deep love of language.” Work in the theater department morphed into a role as a mentor for students struggling or looking to excel at the written word.

“There were few 20th Century authors Dan didn’t have a direct connection with. The kids would write papers for class and he would review them and occasionally he would put them in direct contact with the authors themselves,” Baker said.

In recent years, he volunteered as a reader for McNary’s English department. Hays would read through submitted work and offer guidance for clarifying thoughts or structure.

There were times when he and Baker disputed the stage directions or other aspects of McNary performances, but even those often led to moments of tremendous levity.

“The was one time when we were going at it hammer and tongs during rehearsals and we’d be hollering at each other and the kids were rolling their eyes. Finally, I just looked back at him one day and told him ‘Dan, we have to stop arguing in front of the children,’” Baker said.

At times his quiet and commanding presence felt like a barrier between him and students, but as soon as they discovered his large heart, Hays formed strong bonds.

“He was a shy man and it made him nervous. The kids were just all energy and physical and he’s all intellect, but they met at the heart,” Baker said.

In an outpouring of comments to Baker’s Facebook announcement of Hays’s passing, former student Anthony Hudson offered the following: “Today’s been Dan Day in my house. I think a candle and some Shakespeare is going to have to happen before bed.”

An open house to celebrate Hays’s life will be held Saturday, March 3 from 4-7 p.m. For more details, check Dan Hays’s Facebook page.

Transit center will be green all over

The planned transit center in Keizer includes numerous features aimed at reducing energy consumption and water runoff. Construction starts later this year. (Courtesy PIVOT Architecture)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A planned transit center in Keizer will be heavy on sustainable features so that, hopefully, the energy bill will be light on the wallet.

Salem-Keizer Transit hosted an open house Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Keizer Chamber of Commerce headquarters at Keizer Station. About $9.6 million in various funds, almost all state and federal grants, are paying for the project. The building itself is about 2,600 square feet.

“We’re excited for this,” said Steve Dickey, the district’s director of transportation development. “We’re looking forward to it being the flagship and we’re excited to be in Keizer.”

The Keizer center will be the first of what will eventually be four transit substations, he said.

It could open as early as the first quarter of 2013, officials said, with groundbreaking in July 2012.

The location, between Lockhaven Drive NE and Keizer Station Boulevard, couldn’t be better for what the district is seeking, said Chad Fosnight, capital projects manager.

“It has accessibility with close proximity to Interstate 5 and rail for potential commuter rail in the future, and Keizer Station,” Fosnight said.

Dickey said the new center fits into the new service model implemented in recent years. With a focus on combining modes of transportation, including transit, walking, bicycling and cars via a park-and-ride on site, Dickey said the center would serve as a nice place to feel safe and comfortable mid-trip.

It will also reduce trips to downtown Salem for riders seeking to go elsewhere in Salem-Keizer, he added.

Routes 4 (express to downtown), 15 (to Chemeketa Community College), 18 (Keizer circulator) and 19 (Lockhaven and River Road to downtown) all will see significant service improvements once the center is complete, Dickey said.

One possible drawback, at least at first, will be that cars will only be able to enter and exit one way in and out of the center – right off of and onto Keizer Station Boulevard.

Fosnight said the cost of a stoplight at the intersection was too high, but could be installed in the future as the surrounding area develops.

Environmentally-friendly features include:

• A green roof. Plants atop the building will absorb water, reducing stormwater runoff during rains, staff said.

“There’s a lot of hard surfaces on this site, and stormwater management was a concern from the start,” Fosnight said.

• Solar panels.

• Electric vehicle charging stations.

• A ground-source heat pump that will hopefully lessen energy costs, Fosnight said.

Allan Pollock, SKT’s general manager, said educational placards will explain the environmentally-friendly aspects of the facility.

“Teachers can bring kids on the bus to learn about sustainability at the center,” Pollock said.