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Day: June 10, 2014

And the Onion goes to…

Nick Neddo accepts the Onion for outstanding male in a featured role.
Nick Neddo accepts the Onion for outstanding male in a featured role. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The McNary High School drama department hosted its annual award show, The Golden Onions, Friday, May 30.

In addition to awards such as Most Disorganized Backstage and Biggest Flirt Backstage, the ceremony honored students for a variety of more serious achievements.

Theater students of merit, students with at least a 3.5 GPA and 4.0 in theatre classes, were: Dylan Bunten, Iris Coffee, Gabriel Elmore, Shyleen Johnson, Madison Valish, Alamjit Nagara, Emma LeDuc, Kelli Thompson, Kendra Smith, Danielle Maass and Michelle Nelson.

Outstanding theatre student awards went to Elmore, Johnson and Valish. Outstanding technical theatre students were: Nagara, Nelson and Maass. Outstanding senior actors were Elmore and Julia Sjakovs.

The Jared C. Miller Expect Excellence Award, given to students who are on the road to great things, went to Nagara. The Dan Hays Heart of the Theatre Award was presented to Jade Rayner.

Outstanding performance in major role Onions went to Johnson as Horatio and Elmore as Hamlet in the Celtic production of Hamlet. Outstanding performances in supporting roles Onions went to Sjakovs as Ophelia in Hamlet and Tanner Purkey for his turns as East and Chad in Almost, Maine. Nick Neddo took home the Feature Role Onion for his performances as Laertes and Player in Hamlet. LeDuc won the female featured role Onion for roles as Sandrine and Marci in Almost, Maine. Minor role Onion winners were Rayner and John Bryant for Urinetown.

Theatre department director Dallas Myers also announced the upcoming slate of plays for the 2014-15 season. Centerpiece shows are Craig Lucas’ Reckless, Legally Blonde, and the Bard’s Measure for Measure. A one-act festival, in which senior theatre students direct the underclassmen, is also planned. Citing an whopping three dozen students interested in a writing for the stage class, Myers also hopes to feature one-acts written by students in the show.

The Ken Collins Award, given to outstanding community supporters of the theatre department, went to Eric Howald for his work in the Keizertimes.

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GGNA kicks off series of KRP meetings


Of the Keizertimes

A small gathering at last month’s Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting kicked off an extended public outreach process.

As mentioned recently in the Keizertimes, Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members last month approved a timeline calling for a series of pubic hearings in conjunction with amending the Keizer Parks Master Plan to incorporate property currently outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) at Keizer Rapids Park (KRP).

The issue is tied in with the decision last month to delay construction of the Big Toy play structure at KRP from September to June 2015.

The first meeting for the public outreach was the May 15 GGNA meeting. Only 10 people attended the meeting due to a number of other activities taking place the same night.

While the group was small, GGNA vice president Mark Caillier – general coordinator of the Big Toy project and a former city councilor – was able to solicit a number of ideas from people about what to add at KRP.

“This meeting is about amenities for Keizer Rapids Park,” Caillier said. “A lot of this has to do with the Big Toy, inadvertently.”

Caillier showed an overview map of KRP but emphasized placement wasn’t the focus of the meeting.

“We’re not here to site things,” he said. “We’re looking at what amenities we may want to add. Put dots on the ones you want. If you have suggestions for additional amenities, this is the time to share.”

Some of the more popular suggested amenities, based on the number of dots gathered, included picnic structures, restrooms, drinking water, centralized parking and picnic areas.

“Bathrooms will be a huge priority,” resident John Morgan said. “It seems like the park is a hodgepodge of a bunch of little things. It doesn’t have a design to that. I’d be all for a concessionaire, like at Silver Falls State Park. This master plan is a 20-year thought process. We all recognize it’s a complete gem. But it is patchwork. We have a great list of amenities, but how do they blend together?”

The public outreach meetings will continue over the next few months. The Parks Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, June 10. Two nights later, the Parks Board will host a public forum for the West Keizer Neighborhood Association at 6 p.m. Both meetings will take place at the Keizer Civic Center.

Youth and activity groups would then be invited to a hearing at the July 8 Parks Board meeting. On Aug. 12, Parks Board members will meet to develop a priority list for amenities based on the feedback gathered.

On Sept. 20, a design charette will be held to create concept designs. Those designs will be reviewed at the Oct. 14 Parks Board meeting, at which point a recommendation will be sent to the Keizer City Council. Councilors will hold a public hearing and make a decision on Nov. 3.

Celts fall to Lakers 4-2

Celt Connor Goff reaches for a throw at first base in McNary’s game with Lake Oswego High School Wednesday, May 28. (Photo courtesy of J&H Photo)
Celt Connor Goff reaches for a throw at first base in McNary’s game with Lake Oswego High School Wednesday, May 28. (Photo courtesy of J&H Photo)

The McNary High School varsity baseball team had the early lead in its second-round playoff game, but it couldn’t hold on for the win.

The Celts faced Lake Oswego High School on the road Wednesday, May 28, and lost 4-2. The loss closes the shutters on another season for the team.

McNary’s Tim Hays came through in a big way for the team in the top of the fourth inning. Hays smashed a line drive to centerfield, scoring Hayden Gosling and Connor Goff, but the Lakers answered with one of their own in the bottom of the frame.

Lake Oswego put its final runs on the board in the fifth inning.

The Celts outhit the Lakers 5-3, but the Lakers’ arrived at the right time. Goff went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Hays went 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

Travis Klampe pitched four innings with three hits and two runs allowed. Jordan Barchus closed out the game.