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Month: January 2014

Celts crack top 8 at Oregon Classic

Michael Phelps rolls up South Salem’s Hayden Julian-Huntington for a pin in his match Wednesday, Jan. 15. (Photo courtesy of J&H Photo)
Michael Phelps rolls up South Salem’s Hayden Julian-Huntington for a pin in his match Wednesday, Jan. 15. (Photo courtesy of J&H Photo)

Of the Keizertimes

McNary senior Zach Hammerschmith got his wishes fulfilled in more way than one at the Oregon Classic wrestling tournament last weekend.

Prior to the tournament, which pits the top teams in each OSAA classification against each other, Hammerschmith wanted a chance to face off with Oregon City High School’s Michael Griffin. Griffin topped recent rankings in the 185-pound weight class despite losing to Hammerschmith twice in the 2012-13 season. Hammerschmith wanted to set the record straight.

“He was bugging me all weekend for that match, but it wasn’t up to me,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. “Once he got it though, he was foaming at the mouth and the fangs started to come out.”

Hammerschmith turned in a dominating match with Griffin and won by pin. How it affects the rankings has yet to play out.

“It was nice to see a guy on our team with intensity and competitive desire and as soon as they put him up,” Ebbs said.

The Celtics took second in their pool at the Classic and cracked the top eight, but the battle-weary team didn’t get much further.

McNary started the tournament with a close 37-34 win over Canby High School. Louis Palos notched a win by pin in 1:41; Jonathon Phelps won by pin in 5:04; Michael Phelps won in a 16-11 decision; Noah Townsend won by pin in 1:51; and Hammerschmith won by pin in 2:25.

The Celts took a 40-26 defeat to West Linn High School with Palos, J. Phelps, Caleb Conner, Townsend and Hammerschmith getting wins.

In the third dual, with Sam Barlow High School, Riley Repp won by tech fall, 17-2; M. Phelps won by pin in 5:08; Conner won by pin in 5:53; Hammerschmith won by pin in 3:14; and Steven Wilkerson won by pin in 3:15. McNary took the dual win with a score of 59-22 and Barlow forfeiting matches in a number of weight classes.

In a quarterfinals match with McMinnville High School, the Grizzlies won 41-27.

“McMinnville has a solid line-up that’s tough as nails and the ones who are like that line-up directly across from our guys in that same category,” Ebbs said.

Joey Kibbey won in a major decision, 14-3; Palos won in a major decision, 15-4; J. Phelps emerged victorious in a 7-0 decision; Purkey won by major decision, 12-0; Hammerschmith won by pin in 58 seconds; and Wilkerson won by pin in a blazing 10-second match.

“We had some guys that we normally count on for wins who were tested and sometimes came up with a loss. That’s hard for them, but it’s also good experience because it’s only going to get tougher this weekend at the Reser Tournament where there is no OSAA class separation,” Ebbs said.

Prior to the Classic, the Celtics dominated in a dual meet win with South Salem High School.

Sean Burrows won by pin in 1:33; Palos won by pin in 2:26; M. Phelps won by pin in 55 seconds; Jordan Cagle won by pin in 51 seconds; Purkey won by pin in a minute flat; Hammerschmith won in a 18-3 decision; Venegas won by pin in 1:44 and Wilkerson won by pin in 3:11.

Ebbs said the matches McNary lost were as telling as the ones they won.

“South has some very capable wrestlers and it shows the parity in our league that we’ll have to combat when it comes time for the regional tournament,” he said.

Close isn’t enough in boys’ CVC openers


Johnathan Doutt drives to the hoop in McNary’s game with North Salem High School Friday, Jan. 7. The Vikings got the better of the Celts 63-54.  (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Johnathan Doutt drives to the hoop in McNary’s game with North Salem High School Friday, Jan. 7. The Vikings got the better of the Celts 63-54. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Prior to the Celtic boys varsity basketball game with South Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 14, few would have picked the Keizer team for a win against the then sixth-ranked Saxons.

Fewer would have expected South to barely eke out a 67-63 victory.

“But we would have,” said Braden Taylor, a Celt senior shooting guard. “We really shared the ball and everyone was contributing.”

The Saxons started out with a lead after the first frame, but McNary High School cut it to one by halftime.

“Johnathan (Doutt) got into a good rhythm early in the game and that helped us stay steady through the first half,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “It was a great high school basketball game. They just  made one or two more plays.”

After falling behind by 11 points in the third quarter, McNary made a run in the fourth to cinch up the score.

“We had the ball in our hands with 35 seconds left in the game, but then the ball got deflected from us. We’re still proud of how hard our kids played and competed,” Kirch said.

Senior Connor Goff said many on the team would have paid almost any price for a few more seconds on the clock.

“We were ready to come out hot. It was definitely one where we ran out of time and started playing a little too hurried, a little careless. Then it fell apart,” Goff said.

Doutt led Celtic scoring with 24 points, Tregg Peterson had 14, Taylor had 11, Hayden McCowan had six, Goff put in four and Devon Dunagan and Hayden Gosling had two each.

The Celts faced North Salem High School for their second Central Valley Conference game Friday, Jan. 17. McNary took a 63-54 loss after a barnstorming first half.

Taylor provided man-to-man cover on the Vikings top scorer, Malik Leaks, for much of the night, and the Celts held him to eight points. McNary was less prepared for Leaks’ back-up Caleb Roberts who scored 24 points in the game.

The Celts had as much as a seven point lead in the first quarter and extended it to nine by halftime.

“Once we shut down Malik, we might have thought we had it in the bag a little,” Taylor said. “But they came out in the second half and made adjustments, we didn’t.”

Goff said overconfidence in the lead led to a more “lackadaisical” approach in the third quarter when Leaks was on the bench with an injury. The teams were knotted 39-39 at the third quarter buzzer and a 24-point fourth frame for the Vikings drove a nail in the Celtics’ coffin.

“We played more timidly in the second half and reverted to some old habits that I thought we were past,” Kirch said. “We just weren’t physically and mentally tough enough to withstand the run they made on us.”

Doutt led the team with 17 points, Dunagan had 11, Peterson and Taylor put in nine each, Trent Van Cleave had four, and Goff and Hayden Gosling chipped in two apiece.

Kirch said the first order of business moving forward is making sure the team can find a way out when its back is against a wall.

“We’re still trying to figure out how to respond. We have to respond as a group and not individually. I’m excited to see how we come out of it,” he said.

After a game with Sprague High School, McNary travels to meet McKay High School Friday, Jan. 24. The contest promises to be a fierce one with two former Celtics, Brandon Lao and Isaiah Montano, now playing for the Royal Scots. McKay also had a tight game with South last week.

“It’s definitely one we want to win,” Taylor said.

First Citizen awards to be doled out Saturday


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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.

Panthers get career advice from local pros

Katie Crossley and Kailyn White perform a rendition of Wagon Wheel with Albany performer Lisa Landucci (center). KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Katie Crossley and Kailyn White perform a rendition of Wagon Wheel with Albany performer Lisa Landucci (center). KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald

Of the Keizertimes

Even before he was a chef with his own restaurant, and now the executive chef with the Marion-Polk Food Share, Steve Morton was working toward his career.

While in high school, he and a group of friends would head to an A&W stand where they could get five Coney dogs for a buck on certain nights.

“We’d go and try to create the best hot dog we could,” Morton told a group of Claggett Creek Middle School students Thursday, Jan. 16. “Doing that helped me figure out what tastes I liked. It was my earliest training as a chef. I was training myself to know what I liked, and how I might be able to make it better.”

Morton was visiting the school along with more than two dozen other professionals representing a wide swath of potential careers from culinary to computer programming. The event was sponsored and and run by representatives of the Ready to Learn – Ready to Work program coordinated by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Keizer Chamber of Commerce and the Salem-Keizer School District. The Panther eighth graders who took part in the event got to select four presentations to attend throughout the morning.

In addition to telling students what they did to prepare for their careers, the volunteer presenters offered advice regarding what the students could be doing while preparing to join the workforce.

“Every little dive I worked in prepared me for what I do today at the Marion-Polk Food Share,” said Morton, whose duties at MPFS include engineering the Better Burger, a meatless, but nutrition-packed alternative for emergency food boxes. “No matter how small your job is, it can help you make future decisions. Even if it’s something you don’t like, that helps you figure out where you want to go.

“Leave yourself lots of options. Find the people who have passion for what they do and talk to them.”

There was no shortage of passionate professionals in attendance.

Lisa Landucci, owner of the Albany-based Musicafé Rock School, performed for students and told of her own path into the music business. Landucci recorded her first 45 rpm record when she was about the same age as the current crop of CCMS students. Her career led her to Nashville where she shared the stage with Clint Black, Colin Raye and Johnny Cash.

She encouraged students not to let social pressures or cliques to stand in the way of making music.

“There are opportunities for you to make your own music. If you play guitar, find someone who plays percussion and form a band. Ask if you can play at a school function. The first time my school got up and cheered for me, I was hooked,” Landucci said.

In a moment of happy-random-circumstance, Landucci also sang a rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel with the granddaughter of the the man who led her first band.

Firefighter-paramedic Ben Stevenson, with Keizer Fire District, shared with students the things that drew him to his career and what he gets out of it now.

“I like the variety and challenge of the job and solving problems for customers. It’s a good feeling to help someone in need,” Stevenson said.

KFD Chief Jeff Cowan, who attended with Stevenson and Christi Maben, used the opportunity to recruit students for the KFD’s Explorer program.

December opening for KP


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Expect to see signs of a new medical clinic at Keizer Station within the next couple of months.

That’s the word from Alan Roodhouse, president and owner of RPS Development.

Roodhouse, who played a key role in the early development of Keizer Station, is a contracted developer for ACP I LLC, the company building Kaiser Permanente’s 20,132 square foot medical clinic. Among the partners with ACP is Chuck Sides, the controversial developer with a long history in the area.

“This is the same group that (initially) built Keizer Station,” Roodhouse said. “These are the partners that helped them build the first phase, the same group. This is the continuation of the project that began 10 years ago with the retail. This is continuing what we felt was an important mix for Keizer Station, adding to the retail. This is part of the tenant mix we envisioned from the beginning.”

While there had been talk of a groundbreaking ceremony this month, Roodhouse said that won’t be the case. Site preparation was expected to begin this week.

“The building should start appearing from the standpoint of someone driving by in mid- to late-March,” Roodhouse said. “This will feature tilt-up construction, in which the main walls are reinforced concrete members. A slab is poured first, then the walls are poured into place on the slab.

You pour panels, which become the walls. You let them set, then raise them, thus the tilt-up. Then you put in the interior structural elements like columns and roof joints to make it a strong building structurally.”

Roodhouse said there will be a ribbon cutting late this year.

“The building should be complete in November,” he said. “I would guess in December for an opening.”

That timeline is similar to the original one given by Gena Bailey, Kaiser Permanente’s Mid-Valley Service Area director, when the project was first announced last June. Bailey said at the time the clinic would feature 10 physicians, x-rays, a lab and a pharmacy. Kaiser Permanente has an estimated 10,000 members in Keizer.

“There’s such a wonderful opportunity for growth,” Bailey said of opening in Keizer. “It’s convenient at Keizer Station from anywhere in the area. It’s a great area to expand to.”

The news of Kaiser Permanente’s timing comes shortly before the scheduled Feb. 1 opening of the Silverton Health clinic on Inland Shores Way N.

Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher predicted more such announcements last June.

“I think you’re going to see more medical support businesses come to town now,” Christopher said at the time. “It shows extreme confidence in our city, our policies and especially in our location. There’s no better location than Keizer. We’ve now got 30,000 square feet in medical clinics that have committed to us.”

Roodhouse said original growth plans for Keizer Station were put on hold when the economy went south in 2008.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Roodhouse said of the Kaiser Permanente project. “It’s great. It’s too bad we had a five-year hiatus with the market. Everyone is excited to see this happen. It should be a great thing for Keizer.”

Where will The Big Toy go?

Designer Jane Lewis Holman (right) measures a proposed site for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park in November, the only site she measured. However, a site she didn't measure could be the one selected, if Mayor Lore Christopher has her way. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)
Designer Jane Lewis Holman (right) measures a proposed site for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park in November, the only site she measured. However, a site she didn’t measure could be the one selected, if Mayor Lore Christopher has her way. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

Of the Keizertimes

Clint Holland thought convincing Richard Walsh of a site selection for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park would be his toughest task.

Holland was wrong.

After several months, Holland eventually got his fellow Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member on board with putting the community build play structure in Area B at KRP.

With key people such as Holland, Walsh and project designer Jane Lewis Holman all in agreement, it seemed like the site selection issue before the Keizer City Council on Tuesday was almost a done deal.

The key word there: almost.

For the second time in a month, Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher poured ice on plans months in the work.

Last month, Christopher told members of the Parks Board to put plans for a possible parks ballot measure on hold.

During Tuesday’s council meeting – a day later than usual due to Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – Christopher once again dumped cold water on plans approved at the Parks Board level.

By the time the meeting was done, Christopher had steered conversation towards a new site, just off Chemawa Road as opposed to tucked well inside KRP.

Christopher noted a visual aid from Public Works Director Bill Lawyer depicting the three previously proposed sites helped her decide none of them are right.

“I wrestled with it over the weekend,” Christopher said. “The reason I got onto council in the first place is parks. I felt it was significant to community building. This one will be an epic build, which will put Keizer on the map.”

Christopher said going over the three proposed sites reminded her of the Salem-Keizer Transit Board asking the city to approve one of three sites for the new Keizer Transit Center several years ago.

“They had provided three locations and we didn’t give approval,” Christopher recalled. “They assumed it was tacit agreement. In reality, they weren’t acceptable locations. It was wrong to put the transit center on Chemawa Road and it was wrong to put it on River Road. They asked us where to put it. We said the best place is exactly where it is now. It took courage to say no, not there, don’t do it expediently. Not adding any congestion to Chemawa or River was exactly the right decision.”

The mayor then turned that into a discussion of the site selection for the play structure.

“I’m just one person, just one vote,” Christopher said. “I look at the three locations and I don’t like any of them. That got me questioning. We have nine months. We’re already in the process of getting an additional 28 acres (at KRP). That is the part being brought into the Urban Growth Boundary. How quickly could that part be brought into Keizer Rapids Park?

“That opens our horizons,” she added. “That says we don’t have to settle on one of the three locations. If you want to move forward with one of the three, I won’t stand in your way. But I don’t feel that is the best location.”

Christopher feels Keizer citizens deserve a choice and suggested the part of the park between the entrances along Chemawa Road, with a parking area directly off the road and the play structure behind it.

“We want to be able to stand in front of Keizer citizens and say we put it in best location we could,” she said. “I don’t think we’re doing that with these three locations. You won’t be able to see it from Chemawa. This will be a landmark for our town. I drove out there today on my lunch break. You cannot see it from the amphitheater if you put it in No. 1 (Area B).”

Christopher suggested having Nate Brown, director of Community Development, talk with neighboring jurisdictions such as the city of Salem and Marion County about the possibility of having the property in question – which is already currently in city limits – brought into the city’s UGB.

“If we can take a breath, I want to delay a decision for two weeks,” she said. “That gives time for Nate to put together a timeline about annexing in those 28 acres into the UGB. If Nate comes back and we can’t do it, we can’t do it. If we can, we can start to think about the possibilities. We can look at the entire park and say where should we put it. But if this (Area B) is the site you choose, I’ll shut up and go along with it. But let’s look to see if we can do better.”

Instead, it was councilors who went along with Christopher’s idea.

“I agree, mayor,” councilor Jim Taylor said. “I think we can do better. But I think it’s imperative we still do it in September. The community is expecting it. The Area B, the one a lot of people like, it’s not the worst place in the world. But I do agree there are places better in the Buchholz property. Nate, do you think we can make a decision in two weeks?”

Brown indicated he’d already had some preliminary discussions with Keizer’s partners.

“Yes, I do believe we can have the conversation with other staffs,” Brown said. “Within two weeks, we can come up with a reasonable estimate of the calendar it would take. I have already had some conversations with our partners. At this point, I am unaware of any major road blocks.”

Councilor Dennis Koho agreed with the mayor and Taylor.

“I’m bothered by the Area B,” Koho said. “I’d like something more visible, closer to the road. If that’s not possible, we should take our best pick.”

Without any dissent, it was agreed to push a decision back to the Feb. 3 council meeting.

“It’s not lost on me we have everyone working to a September date,” Christopher said. “But I want us to do the best we can do.”

Holland left the meeting shaking his head.

“You always have to make sure you really look at all the sites,” Holland said afterwards. “I feel the (Area B) site is the best presented so far. I came up with that site. The view of the toy at that site is incredible.”

Holland agreed it would be easier to see the play structure in the site Christopher mentioned, but suggested moving the project to the Keizer Station area if visibility is the key criteria.

“If exposure is that big, put it where the big oak trees used to be by Keizer Station,” he said. “But that area might get too much traffic.”

When asked if he’s concerned looking for a new site could push back the construction – currently scheduled for Sept. 17 to 21 – Holland expressed a related concern.

“It could be too late anyway,” he said. “We should be backing up the construction date anyway. We’ve been so dry for so long, Oregon weather tends to balance itself. We may have more rain in the fall. To me, there should be no construction after September 7. The weather changes too fast after that.”

Vellis Cottle Record Salway


V. Salway
V. Salway

Vellis Cottle Record Salway, 86, was born in Trenton, Utah and was raised in a family of 15 children.

Vellis married Joseph Record in 1945 and they raised six children. In 1980, two years after Joe’s passing, she married Harold Salway and became his missionary companion and stepmother to his five children.

Vellis lived a life dedicated to service to others as a professional genealogist, a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a pianist extraordinaire and, most importantly, a mom and grandma.

Her faith and never-ending smile brought her and all those fortunate enough to be near her joy.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1375 Lockhaven Drive in Keizer. Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Future of Porter’s Pub is uncertain


The shades were down and the doors were locked Tuesday at Porter's Pub. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
The shades were down and the doors were locked Tuesday at Porter’s Pub. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

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Porter’s Pub has closed, at least for now, as the current owner looks for a new buyer.

Rumors started circulating around town last weekend since the longtime brewpub at 4820 River Road North hadn’t been open since late last week.

The talk amped up Monday evening when city councilor Marlene Quinn posted the following on her Facebook page: “It is sad that another business has closed on River Road. We need to support our small businesses. We need to keep River Road alive.”

When asked what the business was, Quinn responded: “Porter’s is closing.”

By Tuesday, the news was the talk of the town. Councilor Dennis Koho made mention of the news near the end of Tuesday’s Keizer City Council meeting.

“I understand Porter’s is closed,” Koho said, leading  mayor Lore Christopher to frantically give the cut sign. “Well, I think it’s public at this point.”

David Thomas, who bought Porter’s Pub in July 2012, posted on his Facebook page Jan. 17 that Porter’s Pub would be open again the following day at 3 p.m. That prompted several messages of confusion. When the restaurant did not reopen that day, one person posted a question on Porter’s Facebook page: “Closed?” That post was deleted Tuesday morning.

Nikki Palacios, who had been serving as manager of Porter’s, wasn’t sure of the long-term future Wednesday morning.

“Right now we’re closed,” Palacios said. “I’m not sure on the details of what the owner is going to do. It’s a temporary closure for now. Dave hasn’t indicated future plans. They are still up in the air.”

Palacios said the adjacent Dave’s Famous Donuts, which opened this month, would reopen “as soon as possible,” but she had no further details.

When the Keizertimes stopped by twice on Tuesday morning, both businesses were closed and a newspaper was by the main door of Porter’s.

After several attempts to reach Thomas, he sent a short e-mail to the Keizertimes Wednesday morning.

“Porter’s is up for sale,” Thomas wrote. “I have two interested parties that I’m working with. That’s it for now.”

Don Porter opened Porter’s Pub in 1993 before passing away in May 2005. His daughter Vicki owned it next. After another owner, Thomas took over in 2012.

The uncertainty over Porter’s future comes on the heels of news Ace Hardware is closing its River Road location at the end of this month. That’s in addition to Roth’s closing its grocery store at Chemawa and River Road in the spring of 2012.

“We need to bring businesses back to River Road,” Quinn said in a Tuesday interview. “It’s really concerning to me. One of my goals when I came onto council (last year) was to revive River Road. Keizer Station is growing, but River Road is closing.

“That push needs to come from us on the council, from the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and from SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corporation),” she added. “We pay SEDCOR money. What are they doing for Keizer? Those are prime pieces of property sitting empty. It’s very sad to me.”

Quinn emphasized she hadn’t heard directly from Thomas.

“The other day they posted temporary hours of 3 to 7 (p.m.),” she said. “Now they haven’t opened since. They lost their lottery machines a few months ago. I’m assuming they are closing. It’s irritating with Ace and now Porter’s.”

Goldie M. “Maggie” Briggs

Goldie M. “Maggie” Briggs, 101, was born in Scio.

She was the seventh of 12 children, six girls and six boys. Maggie moved to the Salem area when she was 4 years old.

Maggie married the first time at 16 years of age. Her first son was born two years later. Three years later her second son was born. The marriage was dissolved in divorce after 21 years. Her first grandchild arrived when she was 39. There were three more grandchildren to follow.

She married Louis Briggs in May of 1958. He had three children, so together they had five children. Louis died in May 1995.

Maggie lived by herself until she was 99 and then moved to Willamette Lutheran Homes. She made some good friends there.

Maggie had eight step-grandchildren, three great-granddaughters, 14 step-great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

She is also survived by one stepson, Stephen and step daughter-in-law, Florene and daughter-in-law, Mary; one grandson, Blaine; one sister, Mary and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Keizer Community Church. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

The MeNow Generation uprising


The other day I witnessed a scene that is hard to put into words.

I was outside in a parking lot, and a driver decided to bring his truck to a halt in the middle of the road that led out of the parking lot. The driver was a teenager—a high school student—and the important reason that he just had to stop for was that one of his—I am assuming—friends was entering the lot while he was leaving. Both of the teens stopped and started a conversation that was basically, “Hi, how are you,” but in the modern teen language, because they did not care about who was around them. At this point, one of the teenagers even got out of his truck.

After 20 seconds, there were eight cars behind the one who was in the exiting lane, and there were six cars that were trying to get into the parking lot. The driver that was directly behind one of them rolled down  his window and politely asked if they could move their vehicles and take their conversation somewhere else. The teens’ responses were atrocious. I could not believe that a human being could and would respond the way that these two teens did. The worst imaginable words were shouted at this gentleman, and of course the finger gesture was used by the teens. I noticed the teens were infuriated at the man because of the language that they were using towards him, but I could not understand the meaning or demands of what they were yelling at him. Sentences with only cuss words never make complete literal sense.

Eventually, after the teens had a minute’s worth of words roll off their tongues, they drove off in opposite directions. They never did anything physically aggressive; their point was only to show everyone around them that they are tough and that no one has authority over them. Both of the young individuals wanted to do what they wanted to do right then at that time.

Teenagers, nowadays, feel move invincible and important than ever before. My name for my generation is the MeNow Generation. We are all about me, me, me and now, now, now.

W-e—the youth of today—are so selfish and disrespectful. Yes, there are always exceptions, which is not a reason to ignore the MeNows.

The teens of today have to have everything within hand’s reach. Everything must require nothing. For example, it is common for young workers to demand higher wages before they even do the job they were hired for. What really needs to be going through our heads is that I must prove myself and work to earn a higher pay. The reward system is almost extinct in our society.

If I were to boil it down to one cause for the MeNow generation, it would be the lack of high expectations. An uprising is occurring; the entire MeNow generation will soon be the functional part of society. But if we do not change, then the part of functional society will lose its function aspect. High expectations must be reintroduced into the world in all perspectives: parenting, schooling, working and governing.

Do not expect us—the MeNow Generation—to benefit society because we are not expected to. Standards are being lowered and we are being carried along by parents, schools, jobs and the government.

(Evan Rummerfield lives in Keizer. He is a senior at McNary High School.)