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Day: April 27, 2012

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast


Friday, April 27 is the last day to make your reservations for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3.

Tickets are $15 for breakfast with coffee and juice. It’s from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center.

This year’s event also includes a peanut butter drive to stock shelves at the Keizer Community Food Bank with healthy protein.

This is the 14th year of the event, held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.

RSVP at or by calling 503-393-9111. The event is presented by Select Impressions.

Keizerite to compete in state pageant

Brandi Urban

Keizerite Brandi Urban, 15, has been selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss pageant.

Brandi, the daughter of Crystal and Brandan Urban, will now compete in the American Miss Oregon Pageant to be held May 26-28 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland. Contestants are ages 13-15.

Brandi is part of the McNary High School Sparx Dance Team, McNary orchestra and the McNary colorguard.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her sponsors are Albany Auxiliary FOE #2255, Charisma Salon, Fisher Photography, Keizer Big Town Hero and friends and family.

The winner of the state pageant receives a $1,000 cash award, official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Contestants are judged on their inner beauty, poise and presentation.

For more information about National American Miss pageants, visit,

Brat Pack meets the Bard

Rudy Trevino does his best Ben Stein impression at the head of the class. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Jadi Dicksa had a difficult assignment when it came to preparing for her role in McNary High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She had to figure out what William Shakespeare’s mischief-maker, Puck, and Madonna had in common.

“I knew a lot about the ‘80s movies, but I didn’t know a lot about the music. The challenge for me was researching who Shakespeare intended Puck to be and researching Madonna and how she fit into that through her music and performances,” Dicksa said.  “One of my favorite aspects is working with my body movements and being a big character.”

It will all make a bit more sense for audiences once they sit down for one of the upcoming shows slated for April 27-28 and May 3-5. Tickets are $5 at the door and curtain time is 7 p.m. for all shows except May 5, the show will begin at 8 p.m. that night.

The production marries Shakespearean language, with a few more “likes,” and the Eighties teen movies aesthetic honed to a razor’s edge by John Hughes in movies like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Teagan Qual plays Nick Bottom, the “Ducky,” of the ensemble and thinks the language and the era gel well.

“A big part of our research has been going online and looking at the video clips from John Hughes’ films to make sure we’re getting it all right,” Qual said.

“A lot of my homework was watching those films and the basis for my character is Blaine from Sixteen Candles,” said Anthony Aguilar, who plays Demetrius, the jerk of the show.

If that, dear reader, doesn’t make you feel quite old enough, keep in mind that a parent volunteered their time to come in and instruct the cast the finer points of 80s hairstyles. The students looked at a teasing comb like a relic from a bygone, doomed civilization.

“I’ve actually liked [setting it in a different era] because it put a different lens on my view of Shakespeare and how the work is relevant to times other than when he was alive,” said Dylan Bunten, who plays Lysander.

The upshot of the update is that the visual cues make some of the more difficult Shakespearean language easier to understand, said Alyssa Johnson, who plays Hermia, the entitled, popular lead.

“I’ve enjoyed how hard we’ve worked on it,” Johnson said. “We have this big fight scene that we’ve put blood, sweat and tears into every day, but it’s so fun and so exhausting.”

The scene is also a favorite of Belladina Starr, who plays Hermia.

“It really is the scene where we get to go all out and be crazy and it’s fun to see everybody embrace that and carry around backstage, too,” Starr said.

Bret Goesch, Danny Rosales and Tucker James play Tom Snout, Peter Quint and Robin Starvling, respectively. They are part of the nerdier crew, The Mechanicals, who are producing a play-within-the-play.

“Our parts aren’t written in Shakespearean verse like the rest of the show, but in the common language of the Shakespearean time so that’s a bit different,” Goesch said.

While they run in a pack, their best friends are actually their possessions. Goesch befriends his math book, Rosales has an affinity for his calculator watch and James’ steady companion is a Chewbacca action figure. What they’ve enjoyed most about the updated setting is finding new ways to breathe life into old roles.

“Acting is one of my passions and trying to see how far we can go with them or bring them to a whole different level,” Rosales said.

“You start with the base that Shakespeare gave you, but then you put yourself into it,” added James.

Local man paralyzed in wreck

Chris Frey, at left, was paralyzed in a crash in eastern Oregon. Friends are raising funds to help the family transition, including finding and converting a home to suit his needs. (File)

Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer man was paralyzed in a recent crash in eastern Oregon, and friends are helping to raise funds to assist his family.

Chris Frey, 30, was riding in a truck on his way back from a hunting trip when the vehicle hit a patch of ice. He attempted to escape when it started rolling, but he was thrown from the vehicle and it landed on his lower body. Frey is still hospitalized in Boise, Idaho with extensive injuries, including a severed spinal cord, broken legs, back, ribs and shoulder. He waited in the forest for two hours before a LifeFlight helicopter was able to arrive.

But Jennifer Barnett, a family friend, points to the positives: His internal organs were virtually untouched, and he suffered no head trauma.

“He stayed calm and made it through and got to the hospital. He’s had quite a few surgeries,” she said.

Frey is a lifelong area resident and a 2000 graduate of McKay High School and works as a delivery driver for Food Services of America.

His wife, Cherise, is attempting to get her husband transferred to Providence Medical Center as soon as the doctors allow. They have two young daughters, ages 4 and 2.

“They’re just a fun, active family,” Barnett said “.He’s an amazing father and he loves his girls like no other – completely dedicated to them. Very understanding, funny, very open-minded – a lover of all things.”

He learned earlier this week that his injuries had made him a paraplegic.

“It was definitely emotional, but he’s not a quitter,” Barnett said. “From what his family said, he took it pretty well, as well as it could be taken.”

The family is in Boise now with him, she said, and numerous friends are offering help in whatever way they can. But needless to say, adjusting to a new life will be a struggle: Camping is one of their biggest hobbies, and their Keizer home isn’t equipped, and is not well-suited, for accommodating Chris once he comes home.

Fundraisers will be announced on a Facebook page created to support the family. Donations can be made at any Maps Credit Union to The Chris Frey Family Fund.

S-K Schools budget ready for board approval

For the Keizertimes

A 2012-13 budget reflecting a $200,000 drop in revenue was officially recommended by the Salem-Keizer School District budget committee Tuesday.

The budget, which totals $578,990,853, was recommended with only one negative vote. It will go before the School Board for a public hearing and final vote at a 6 p.m. meeting May 8.

It breaks down into a $343,423,734 general fund, $49,758,990 for debt servicing, $87,940,605 for capital projects, $75,234, 150 in special revenue funds (food services, asset replacements, grants, fee-supported programs and the energy conservation program, $75,234,150 in internal service funds (risk management, miscellaneous services and charter school services), a $480,000 enterprise fund (services contracted out) and a $38,300 trust fund.

The committee met Monday as well as Tuesday and took public testimony both nights. Monday, three people spoke from the audience.

Eduardo Angulo, chair of the Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, commented that the most important objective of his group was keeping teachers highly motivated to achieve high academic standards.

“We have progressed but not reached that goal,” he said. Regarding the budget, he said, “We have cut to the bone.”

The two others spoke up for music programs. Alan Bushong, president of Friends of Music, noted that 10 music positions had been cut after the administration said it would cut three.

Sam Skillern, describing himself as “one crazy music booster now,” said, “We want to make sure that all kids have access to music.”

Superintendent Sandy Husk summarized the reactions of district employees to reductions as three: missing laid-off colleagues and services cut, wanting more time to interact professionally, and seeking technological improvements as they rely more on technology as a substitute for former colleagues.

Husk also said that the usual budgetary goal is to have an ending fund balance of 5 to 7 percent, but that to avoid further reductions, the district is now aiming at 3 percent.

Tuesday, Kathleen Sundell, president of the Salem-Keizer Education Association, spoke from the audience. Calling the problems revenue-related rather than expense-related, she said: “We do not want any more cuts. We want time. We support the budget message.”

Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, a budget committee member, asked Tuesday about possibilities of restoring jobs in the next school year in case more revenue came in. Husk said that because teacher hirings affect more than one school year, more revenue could provide only short-term additions to services.

Lloyd Chapman, a committee member, noted that the 2010-11 budget included $600,000 for travel expenses and proposed that the new travel budget be reduced by $100,000 that he thought could be shifted to counseling. Ron Jones, who is on the School Board as well as the committee, said the travel budgeting increase seemed necessary because of increasing transportation expenses.

Chuck Lee, the Keizer-area board member, said that after the considerable time and effort staff had put into preparing the budget proposal, the committee should assume that it gave proper consideration to travel.

Chapman and Jeff Faville, also a board member, cast the only votes for Chapman’s proposal.

Jim Green, a board member and last year’s budget committee chair, said that cutting the ending fund balance to 3 percent was “irresponsible” but had to be done because of long-term considerations for students. Like Sundell, he said the problem was revenue, not expenses.

Chapman called Green’s comments “right on target.”

Committee member Susan Ray blamed the financial problems on Oregon’s consistent refusals to approve a sales tax.

Faville cast the lone vote against the recommendation. He explained that he wanted more items moved to the ending fund balance. Some items, he noted, were 50 percent more than corresponding amounts in the current budget.

Celebrating Keizer’s Heritage

Meredith Coy (right), reads to her children Lilian, 4, and Evy, 2, in the newly relocated Keizer Community Library. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

The Keizer Heritage Center unveiled its new look inside at a public open house held on Saturday, April 21.

About 150 roamed through the expanded Keizer Community Library, the new Heritage Museum space, and the remodeled Enid Joy Mount Gallery on the upper floor.

Attendees were serenaded with live music, enjoyed refreshments, answered a quiz to enter for door prizes which were awarded at the end of the event.

View more photos from this event in our photo gallery.

Fundraiser supports local girl’s family

Sydney Tucker (submitted photo)

A series of fundraisers are planned for a Keizer-area girl suffering from Jacobsen Syndrome.

Sydney Tucker’s parents, Alex and Julie, hope to take her to a conference in San Diego where the family can meet doctors and learn more about her condition.

There’s a few ways you can help:

• Buy brown eggs fresh from free-range chickens at $3 per dozen by calling 503-510-0361.

And starting April 24, the Hitchin’ Post at 8046 River Road N. is selling raffle tickets for hand-made blankets and a .38-caliber handgun.

And on Saturday, May 12, an all-day event aims to raise funds. Showdown, a country band, performs from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Never 2 Late, a rock group, plays from 9 p.m. – 1 p.m. A benefit auction will be held in between.

March for Babies Saturday

The annual March of Dimes’ March for Babies will be held on Saturday, April 28. The event is the oldest walk fundraiser and the only one honoring all babies.

Registration for the Salem walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Salem Hospital. The 10K walk will kick off at 9 a.m. and the 3K leaving the start line at 9:15 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will include  live music, face painting, children’s activities and more. To join in, visit, or call toll-free (800) 525-9255 to sign up as an individual, to start a corporate, family or friends team, or donate to help babies be born healthy. Participants can also pick up sponsor forms at Kmart.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

Track teams take down McKay

Celt Jesse Wilson launches the shot put in competition against Sprague High School last week. Wilson won the event with a toss of 46-01.5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School girls and boys varsity track teams claimed victory over the Sprague High School Olympians in a dual meet last week.

However, outstanding performances are beginning to take a toll on the team.

“They have a lot on their legs and we need to heal up a little bit and get them ready for district,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. “On the other hand. they’ve been an absolute class act.”

All according to plan, said pole vaulter Jake Herndon.

“Our whole team has been amazing, times have been a lot faster and we’ve had a lot of personal records,” Herndon said. “We want first place in every event, but we want it as a team. It’s competitive, but it’s also fun.”

Herndon matched his personal record, 12-00, to win the pole vault in the Sprague meet and his effort was met by his female counterpart Danielle Lovejoy, who set a new personal record of 9-00 in the meet to win the girls’ event.

“I’ve been working on keeping my hands up and swinging and driving through,” Lovejoy said.

The team is succeeding because of personal choices that buoy the team as a whole, she added.

“We’ve been working really hard and not slacking off and cheating themselves. Everybody is really positive and it helps us when we’re out there in individual events,” she said.

Herndon said his improvement from his sophomore year in the pole vault is a credit to the his offseason training with Paul Wilson, who runs a camp in Turner.

“I went from jumping 10-6 at the end of last season to 11-6 at the first meet this year,” he said. “My goal is 14 feet.”

Top finishers for the boys were: Dylan McHugh in the 800 with a time of 4:40.6; Tony Goemaere in the 3,000 with a time of 9:45.5; Daniel Brattain in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles with time of 15.37 and 41.57, respectively; Tyler Jordan, Amadi Amaitsa, Garrett Hittner and Brattain in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:34.93; Jesse Wilson in the shot put with a heave of 46-01.5, he also claimed a 17-foot personal record in the discus at the meet; Austin Hejny in the discus with a toss of 149-07; and Hejny and Perry Groves in the high jump with leaps of 5-08.

Brattain said he’s been satisfied with his performances this season, but a hitch in his step in the 300-meter hurdles has kept him from his larger goal.

“I want to get under 40 seconds to take the school record [in the 300], but it seems like every race my steps have been off,” he said. The sophomore is also hoping to shave another second off his time in the 110-meter race and for relay teammate Amaitsa gets healthy in time for strong finishes in the events at district and state competition.

For the girls, top finishers were: Alyx Peterson in the 200-meter with a time of 27.93; Daysha Simms-Garcia in the 400-meter with a time of 1:01.28; Ashley Burger in the 800- and 3,000-meter with times of 2:36.2 and 12:13.6, respectively; Aisha Amaitsa in the 1,500-meter with a time of 5:41.7; Felicia Covey in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 52.15; Averi Wing, Aerial Rice; Deven Hunter and Simms-Garcia in the 4×100 with a time of 51.29; Wing, Laura Donaldson, Deven Hunter and Simms-Garcia in the 4×400 with a time of 4:16.17; Stacey Titchenal in a the javelin with a throw of 124-09; and Deven Hunter in the high jump clearing 5-00.

Girls, boys get first wins in tennis

Lady Celt Jenny Labrousse draws back for a shot in the Celts’ match with Sprague High School Monday, April 23. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School’s girls varsity tennis team picked up its first team win of the season in a 7-1 victory over the McKay Royal Scots Wednesday, April 18.

The Celtics swept all singles matches to set the table for the victory.

“Sandy Childress played a great No. 1 match against McKay’s Liz Tran, Katie Stignei kept her composure and toughed it out, and Jill Jungwirth and Kate Janssen were dominant,” said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach.

Childress won in two sets, 6-1 and 6-3; Katrina Cabanlit won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4; Stignei won in sets of 6-2 and 6-4; and Lexi Price won in sets of 6-2 and 7-5 in singles action.

Doubles winners were: Delaney Engle and Jenny Labrousse in sets of 6-0, 4-6 and 6-2; Jungwirth and Janssen in sets of 6-0 and 6-1, and Michelle Kelder and Megan Thompson in 6-0 and 6-1.

Cabanlit said the match was a turning point for the team as a whole and her personally.

“We became more patient about the match and where to put the ball,” she said.

“All of us were more focused on playing each point instead of worrying about the point we’d just lost when that happened,” added Stignei.

The Lady Celts struggled more in a contest with the West Salem High School Titans Tuesday, April 17.

The Titans dominated singles matches while the Celts picked up two wins in doubles. Janssen and Jungwirth won in sets of 6-4, 4-6 and 10-8. Taslima Sidhu and Rachel Morrow notched the team’s other win in sets of 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.

“Our No. 3 and 4 teams are showing they have a lot more experience and they’re taking the wins when we really need them,” Kohley said.

It was a similar story for the Celts in a match with Sprague High School, Monday, April 23.

Labrousse and Engle won in consecutive sets of 6-4 and 6-1 while Janssen and Jungwirth in 6-4 sets.

Boys Tennis

In boys tennis action, the Celts picked up their wins over North Salem and West Salem High Schools.

The Celts beat the Vikings 6-1 as McNary swept singles matches. Trevor Braun and Aaron Wenning won in 6-1 and 6-0 sets; Jacob Cordie won in 6-4 and 6-3 sets; and Slavic Oliynichenko won in consecutive 6-2 sets. In doubles, Ross Morrow and Colton Baker won in sets of 7-5 and 4-6 after their opponents retired in the third set, and Joaquin Bell-Uribe and Johnny Gibbons won in two 7-5 sets.

The Celtics also took down McKay High School 5-3 in a contest Wednesday, April 18.

The match included three wins in singles competition: Braun topped his opponent 6-0 and 6-1; Wenning won in sets of 6-3 and 7-5; and Cordie won in three sets of 6-4, 2-6 and 6-3.

In doubles, Nick Morgan and Kolton Vickers won in sets of 6-4, 2-6 and 6-3, and Zach Staley and Caleb Legg won in sets of 6-1 and 7-6.