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Day: January 26, 2015

MCFD1 tabs Henson replacement

T. Riley
T. Riley

A long-time employee of Marion County Fire District #1 has been selected as its new chief.

The MCFD1 Fire Board announced Terry Riley as the new chief of the district at its meeting last week. Riley had served as interim chief since the departure of J. Kevin Henson last October.

Riley’s appointment was effective immediately.

Riley’s firefighting career began with Oregon Department of Forestry in 1989 and he has served in an officer capacity since 1991. He has served as a battalion chief at Applegate Fire District in Jacksonville, and as a division chief for Aumsville Fire District. His career with MCFD1 began in 2008 as the training captain after serving at DPSST for eight years; two years as the fire program manager and six years as a regional fire training coordinator.

“Board members have met with all three groups of personnel – career, volunteer, and management staff – and the feedback was overwhelming that Chief Riley was the person supported for this position,” said Tom Marks, a director on the MCFD Fire board.

Board President Bernie Otjen stated that he was “pleased that we could promote our next fire chief from within the organization. Chief Riley has proven himself as a leader during the last several months. I look forward to Chief Riley guiding MCFD1 into the future.”

An official swearing in ceremony for Riley will be held on Jan. 30, at 3 p.m., at MCFD Station 1.

Coupled with the news of a new chief, MCFD officials announced the retirement of Fire Board Director Orville Downer.

Downer joined the Board of Directors in 1995 after 32 years of service as an active volunteer, serving as deputy chief of the North Battalion. He was honored in 2000 with the Hall of Fame Award for his outstanding service to the district, and just last year was awarded for a lifetime achievement of 50 years of dedication to MCFD1.

The fire board is seeking a temporary replacement for Downer. Interested parties must submit letters of interest which include the interested party’s full name, address of residence, length of time residing in district, and statement of interest for serving on district board. Applicants must also be a registered voter in district. Letters of interest must be received by 10 a.m. on Feb. 18. Letters of interest should be addressed to Board President Bernie Otjen, 300 Cordon Rd NE, Salem, OR 97317, or via email to [email protected]

The position will be a temporary appointment until the May elections when the appointee may choose to seek the office as an elected official.

“Is There Life after Football? Surviving the NFL” by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr.

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Is There Life after Football? Surviving the NFL” by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr.

c.2015, New York University Press
$27.95 / higher in Canada
321 pages

 

BOOK REVIEW
by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Your favorite player was out for most of the season.

Last fall, he took a hit mid-pass and went down like a sack of rocks. They checked him over, took him off the field, and that was that. He hasn’t been back since.

Every now and then, someone mentions him and you wonder how he’s doing, whether he’ll ever play again. In the new book “Is There Life after Football?” by James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr., you’ll get a glimpse of a possible future.

A helmet to the head, helmet to the chest, a cleat to the leg, and it’s big news: football is a brutal sport and we all know its potential career-ending effects. But what happens after the cheers go silent?

To understand, we have to understand the backstory, too.

Many little boys dream of playing football, of course, but the truth is that relatively few actually make it. The journey to the NFL starts with laser-focus on a dream, incessant practice, high school, then college. By that point, future NFLers have been convinced that they’re “special;” college perks underscore that notion.

“Dreaming of a lucrative NFL career is a relatively recent phenomenon,” say the authors. “In 1956, the minimum NFL salary was reported as $5,000,” but the kind of money that today’s young player gets is often more than he’s ever seen in his life. The NFL promotes financial responsibility, but a new hire often goes wild with new-found wealth; later, he might go broke. Being in the NFL, say the authors, is expensive.

When it’s over, that’s tough to take. Living without praise, paychecks, and the social structure within the NFL is a challenge – as is living with “a lifetime of hurt.”  Almost twenty-five percent of all current former players claim game-related brain injuries. Surgery is “routine.” Some injuries are the result of a “suck it up” mentality: players are more likely to shake off an injury than to seek treatment for it, until it’s too late.

And those are just the physical ailments…

But the news isn’t all bad, and that’s the pleasant surprise inside “Is There Life after Football?” Authors Holstein, Jones, and Koonce, Jr. give their readers balance – and if you’re first inclination is to forego sympathy due to high salaries, you’ll get a dose of truth, too.

Using statistics you won’t see in the game, NFL history, and personal stories, this book offers a litany of things that should give fans pause: ruined lives for both players and families, ruined health, and financial ruin. But before we turn off the TV in dismay (just kidding!), we’re encouraged to lift our jaws off the floor with tales of success and of the men who’ve stepped off-field and into their own personal second half.

This is a book fans should read before the next game – or before they let their own son suit up. If you’ve ever wondered “What ever happened to….?” then “Is There Life after Football?” is a book you shouldn’t pass.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

Olys’ depth proves too much for Celtics

Celt Marcos Goodman cruises through the water in his leg of the medley relay in a meet earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Marcos Goodman cruises through the water in his leg of the medley relay in a meet earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School girls varsity swimming team had a narrow miss in its meet with Sprague High School Thursday, Jan. 15.

The Lady Celts posted relatively few winners in the 88-82 loss, but spread out enough talent in second and third placings to keep things close against a tough Oly team.

Freshman Marissa Kuch continued her dominance in the girls sprints. She took first in the 50 free with a time of 25.53 and the 100 free in 56.83. Fellow freshman Sara Eckert won the 500 free for the team with a time of 5:56.06. Junior Kiana Briones won the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.52.

On the other hand, the girls junior varsity team fared quite well as far as race wins. Ella Wells won the 100 free in 1:12.65; Chloe Lelack won the 100 butterfly in 1:26.29 and the 100 individual medley in 1:27.73; and senior Korie Chapin won the 100 breast in 1:47.63;

The boys varsity team had a tough go of it with Sprague. The Olys won the boys’ side of the meet 110-58.

The boys’ 58 points came from placing in a number of races rather than outright wins. Jared Kelson, Tanner Hughes, Evan Alger, Parker Dean, and Marcus Bracamonte all notched several points for their team.

In junior varsity races, freshman Matthew Albright won the 50 free in 29.00, and sophomore Alexey Sharabin won the 100 backstroke in 1:29.14.

Signal is coming to KTC

A Salem-Keizer Transit bus leaves the Keizer Transit Center on Tuesday. Currently vehicles can only turn right to leave, but a traffic signal allowing vehicles to turn left is coming. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
A Salem-Keizer Transit bus leaves the Keizer Transit Center on Tuesday. Currently vehicles can only turn right to leave, but a traffic signal allowing vehicles to turn left is coming. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Plans are moving forward for the Keizer Transit Center to look the way it was originally designed to.

Steve Dickey, director of Transportation Development for Salem-Keizer Transit, said a new signal leaving the transit center in Keizer Station’s Area B should be done within the next year or so.

Since the Keizer Transit Center opened in the summer of 2013, the only way to enter has been via a right turn off Keizer Station Boulevard, just north of the intersection of Lockhaven Drive NE and Chemawa Road NE. Similarly, the only exit is a right-hand turn onto Keizer Station Boulevard.

That wasn’t the original idea.

“This was included in the original master plan for Area B,” Dickey said of the signal.

“It will also be an asset for businesses on the other side of Area B (bordering McLeod Lane) once that is developed. When (the city) did the Area B master plan a few years ago, a fully functioning intersection with a signal was part of that plan. It was just a question of when it would be done.

“When the first construction estimates came in from the design team, they came in higher than the actual cost,” he added. “But since the estimates came in higher, we had to look at things to trim. That was one of the items we initially had to trim. The way it worked out, we had remaining money. That is the money that we will be using to construct it.”

Sam Litke, senior planner for Keizer, confirmed a signal was part of the plan from the start.

“The Area B master plan was approved in 2010 and had a condition that a signal at the driveway to the transit district would be required unless the applicant can provide information that it was not necessary, which they did,” Litke said. “But now they are finding that it is in fact needed for the operation of the transit buses entering and exiting the site.”

Dickey said that indeed played a key role in the transit district’s decision to do the signal, which will also include a pedestrian crossing.

“We are just starting the planning phase for the design work,” Dickey said. “The biggest reason for that is right now you can only enter one direction. To exit, you have to go right, go into the shopping center and wind your way back out. Not only is that an inconvenience, but for a bus that chews five to seven minutes that could be spent on routes. We’re looking to do it to improve the functionality of our system.”

The hope is for the improvements to come this year.

“Our goal is to have it designed and hopefully have it constructed by the end of 2015, if not early 2016,” Dickey said.

While adding a signal may seem relatively simple, there are a couple of complications related to the existing signal at Lockhaven and Chemawa.

“The City of Keizer and the City of Salem are involved,” Dickey said. “Salem is in control of the traffic controls. Keizer contracts with Salem. That’s why Salem is involved. This would have to be tied into the overall network of signals. We need to ensure good traffic flow and to make sure it doesn’t create a backup. For most of the time, the light would stay green on Keizer Station Boulevard. The only time it would not be is when you have a vehicle there (at the transit center exit), which would trip the signal in sequence with the other lights.”

The divider in the middle of Keizer Station Boulevard will be removed and a new signal opposite the transit center’s entrance put up, but not activated until development takes place.

Dickey said the district would pay for those future improvements up front, with the city paying back the district within the next few years. Those details are expected to be worked on next week.

“The costs are to be shared by the other areas of the Area B, as the signal will benefit the remaining areas to be developed (which the city owns),” said Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer. “Because the cost was so significant, the council allowed the signal to be phased since the transit district was willing to operate without it.”

The cost for the improvements is unclear, but federal funds will be utilized.

“We are still in the process of working through cost estimates,” Dickey said. “We have to do independent cost estimates. We have to contact other agencies like cities and counties and have them provide project costs for similar projects. Before we go forward with design and construction, we have to look at what those other costs are and put together a ballpark estimate.”