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First Citizen awards to be doled out Saturday


Of the Keizertimes

It’s time once again for Keizer’s top citizens to be honored.

The annual Keizer First Citizen Awards Banquet returns to the Keizer Community Center this Saturday, Jan. 25.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.

Tickets are $60 each or $300 for a table.

The event will see Keizer’s First Citizen, Merchant of the Year, President’s Award and Service to Education Awards be handed out.

In a change from the recent past, there won’t be music and dancing afterwards, with the emphasis on honoring the award recipients.

That change led to positive reviews when the idea was introduced to Keizer City Councilors back in November.

Hank and Sandy Tarter, former owners of Keizer Collision Center on River Road, were the Keizer First Citizens last year.

Gillian Herndon, manager of McNary Golf Club, was honored as Merchant of the Year last year.

Dawn Reichle Bailon and Marlo Cleary earned Service to Education to Awards last year for their work with intramural sports programs at McNary High School.

Richard Walsh, a former city councilor and current member of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well as the Community Build Task Force, won the President’s Award a year ago.