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Day: February 6, 2015

Big Toy public relations machine is ramping up

E. Christopher
E. Christopher

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Just four months before construction, expect to see public relations crank up for the Big Toy project at Keizer Rapids Park.

During Tuesday’s monthly Community Build Task Force meeting, held 126 days before the scheduled June 10 construction start date, plans for renewed publicity were discussed.

Evan Christopher, the son of former mayor Lore Christopher, announced he is taking over as public relations lead on the project from Brandon Smith and will be assisted by Tanya Hamilton.

“Tanya and I met with Mark (Caillier),” Christopher said, referring to the project general coordinator. “Tanya is comfortable with me taking the publicity leadership role I had before Brandon took it over. The first thing we want to do is reach out to the Keizertimes. I have looked at Facebook. I don’t love social media, but I am familiar with it. I have some ideas but I need information, such as about fundraising. I want some ideas so I can make posts about it, who’s donated and how much is still needed. Public relations needs to have someone actively working on it.”

Task force chair Marlene Quinn agreed and noted how fellow councilor Smith has several other pressing issues on his plate right now.

“We need someone active on this,” Quinn said. “I’m glad you and Tanya are taking this on.”

Christopher said goals were laid out in his meeting last week with Hamilton and Caillier, which included meeting with Keizertimes publisher Lyndon Zaitz this week.

“I have some ideas for scheduled posts for Facebook,” Christopher said. “We don’t have to do it every day, but I will have something up at least once a week. I will privately push it out to people as well. It just takes time and effort. I have a stream of consciousness, what I’d like to do over the next five months and things we can roll out.”

Richard Walsh, co-chair of the project’s fundraising committee, noted the various committees overlap somewhat.

“The thing we ran into with fundraising is a lot of it feels like public outreach,” Walsh said. “We have set up meetings with every neighborhood association in the Salem and Keizer area and almost every Rotary club. That list is overwhelming with only four people on fundraising. We need to think of it as everyone’s mission. It’s just too big.

“What we need to get to is the local churches,” he added. “We need to get them signed up. All of these things are intermixed. We need to make the pitch for everyone. We’ve done all the groundwork, so we’re all ready to go. We need to all be thinking about going out, not just the four of us on fundraising.”

Caillier agrees word of the project needs to be pushed out more.

“With public relations, we haven’t done some of the real basic stuff,” he said. “We need to be on the Keizer Chamber calendar, on K23, in flyers at grocery stores. We need to do some real basic stuff. I came away (from last week’s meeting) with the idea they have a solid handle on what we need to do. We need to get volunteers to help do it.”

For good measure, Caillier made a joking reference to the controversial call at the end of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“We don’t want to get to the half yard line and throw an interception instead of running it in for a touchdown,” Caillier joked. “We need to make the right play calls. We need to take what Richard said to heart. We need to do all the jobs and leverage all the friends.”

Also discussed on Tuesday was the idea of doing a video to publicize the project, as well as translating information to Spanish and getting basic information onto business cards that can be distributed easily.

Quinn also implored everyone to share pamphlets and project posters with three friends each, in an effort to spread the word about the play structure, which is scheduled to be constructed by community volunteers over a five-day period.

Loss to Saxons knots up first place in GVC

McNary’s Cade Goff looks for a shot around a South Salem High School defender in the game Tuesday, Feb. 3. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
McNary’s Cade Goff looks for a shot around a South Salem High School defender in the game Tuesday, Feb. 3. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Prior to a big game with the South Salem High School Saxons, Ryan Kirch, head coach of the McNary High School varsity basketball team, wanted three things from the Celtics: guarding well, guarding without fouls and the ability to slow down the pace of the game.

He got one of three. The resulting 71-62 loss means the Celts drop from the top of the Greater Valley Conference into a tie for first with the Saxons.

“They’re really not like anybody else we face,” Kirch said.

Throughout the game Tuesday, Feb. 3, McNary’s athletes played a relatively clean defensive game while the Saxons racked up fouls. But South never let up on offense and, even when the Celts were trying to slow things down, they would end up rushing shots or outrunning dribbles creating turnovers that played right into South’s ability to score quickly.

South also locked down McNary’s top shooters Tregg Peterson and Harry Cavell. Peterson, who had been averaging 16 points per game, experienced long droughts in his 11-point total for the night. Cavell managed only 13.

One of bright spots in the game was a stronger start for the Keizer team than it has had in a while. The Celts edged South to take a 15-14 lead by the first period buzzer, but South spent the rest of the night in the driver’s seat.

On a 10-2 scoring run in the fourth period, McNary drew within six points of the Saxons. However, from that point on, South had an answer for every bucket or missed opportunity by McNary. Senior Devon Dunagan led the team in scoring for the night with 16 points.

The prelude to McNary’s game with South Salem was a game with Forest Grove High School Friday, Jan. 30, and it was another sluggish start for McNary.

After McNary edged the Vikings 24-22 in the first period, Forest Grove put out a monster second frame outscoring McNary 18-7.

“They shot the ball really, really well. We shot the ball well, we just didn’t guard as well as we needed to,” said Kirch. “They had a kid hit five threes, two of them from NBA-range.”

Slow starts have plagued the Celtic team for much of the season, but it’s not as though the team is in denial.

“We need to get a lot better at the start of the game,” said Peterson. “We can’t come out thinking we’re going to roll anyone over. We have to play like every team is going to push us like South Salem.”

Per usual, the Keizer team hit the court with a renewed sense of urgency and turned the tables. McNary outshot Forest Grove 16-8 in the third frame, cutting the Vikings’ lead to 48-47. A 19-point fourth period gave the Celts a 66-58 win.

“It wasn’t a sloppy game, but it was physical and we got to the line and hit our shots there. We survived it,” Kirch said.

Junior Harry Cavell led the team with 19 points; Peterson had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds; Dunagan and Trent VanCleave each had 11 points; Mathew Ismay put in eight; and Cade Goff hit two from the line.

The Celts squared off with North Salem High School on the road Tuesday, Jan. 27, and kept the other Greater Valley Conference Vikings to single digits in all but one frame. McNary won 59-33.

Peterson poured in 21 points to lead the team; Cade Goff had nine points; Cavell and Dunagan had eight each; Cole Thomas and VanCleave had four each; Drew McHugh hit one from three-point range and Ismay got one from the line.

Keizer’s finest

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce bestowed awards on five deserving Keizer people at its annual First Citizen Awards banquet last week.

Former Mayor Lore Christopher was named Keizer’s First Citizen;  Joe Egli was named merchant of the year; Krina Lee and Chuck Lee were honored as winners of the service to education award.  Dan Clem, who will be moving to Keizer soon but works at the Keizer Chamber working on governmental affairs issues was chosen by Audrey Butler for this year’s president’s award. A committee chooses the winners in all the categories except the president’s award.

Lore Christopher, who served 14 years a mayor, was named First Citizren as much for what she did as mayor as what she hopes to do in Keizer—espeically in the field of the arts.

For the first time the Chamber had five nominees for each award. Christopher’s fellow nominees were Mark Caillier, Don Conat, Rich Duncan and Richard Walsh—any could have won this honor and it would have been a great choice.

Former city councilor Joe Egli was named Merchant of the Year, an honor given to a local businessperson who has volunteered for the benefit of Keizer business in general and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce in particular. Egli is a former president: of Keizer Rotary Club and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Aside from his day job as an agent with R. Bauer Insurance, Egli is serving his second year as chairman of the Keizer Iris Festival, the Chamber’s primary fund raising event. Egli matches Lore Christopher as an unwavering booster and cheerleader for Keizer and Keizer businesses.

Nominated for merchant award were Larry Jackson of Jackson’s Body Shop, Shelly Paddock of Shelly’s Kids Preschool and Childcare, Scott White and Kalynn White of Big Town  Hero and Lyndon Zaitz of the Keizertimes.

The Service to Education Award has been presented to teachers, principals and education supporters. This year the dual winners were—as last year’s winner, Ron Hittner called them—Keizer’s education power couple: Krina and Chuck Lee.

Krina Lee is executive director of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation; Chuck Lee, a Salem-Keizer School Board member and former president of Blanchet Catholic School, is currently president of Mountain West Career Techincal Institute. The institute is scheduled to open in September and provide technical training for up to 100 students its first year.

The other nominees were JoAnne Beilke, Scott Coburn, John Honey and Jim Taylor.

Audrey Butler bestowed the President’s Award on Dan Clem, who oversees the organization’s Economic Development and Governmental Affairs Committee. Clem, who served for 12 years on the Salem City Council, is moving to Keizer. The award is given at the discretion of the president to a person who has had a major impact on the chamber.

Is Keizer just lucky to have so many people who volunteer selflessly to better their community? Luck has something to do with it, but more than that Keizer has designed itself as a city that relies on volunteers. Success attracts success and those who want to do good work have plenty of role models to emulate here in the Iris Capital of the World.

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees.

—LAZ

CERT needs members

To the Editor:

Keizer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be holding their spring training class beginning Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. The classes will run eight weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room at the Keizer Fire Station, 661 Chemawa Rd. N.

The cost is $60 and will include training, a backpack, helmet, vest and various supplies.

Keizer CERT is a non-profit organization with the primary purpose of providing assistance to our community in the event of an emergency, man-made or natural disaster.  The CERT program is organized under FEMA, which provides the framework of training. We work closely with Keizer Fire District, Marion County Emergency Management, surrounding CERT teams, city of Keizer and other organizations. Our members come from all walks of life, from young adult to retired. No experience needed, just a willing spirit.

You may have seen our bright yellow CERT trailer out in the community. In 2014, we provided informational booths,  traffic control and /or medical assistance at the Keizer Iris Festival, RIVERfair, Brooks Steam Up, CycleCross, Oktoberfest, and worked with many other community groups. We also received training and provided support for our local firefighters in a “Burn to Learn” exercise, support at Keizer Fire Department’s open house, help with warming shelters, snow removal and numerous other community events.

Our fundraising to cover the on-going costs of classes, equipment, medical supplies and other necessities, come from donations, our community garage sale, and grants from the community. We wouldn’t be here to help our community in a disaster if it wasn’t for the generosity of our community donors. If you would like to sign up for our March training class, make a tax deductible contribution, or find out how you can contribute to the on-going mission of Keizer CERT, please see our website at www.KeizerCERT.org or call 503-910-3993.

Lori Shepard Lamb
Keizer

Ethics

To the Editor:

What is going on in Oregon? We have a person in the governor’s chair that lacks scruples and good judgment.

Governor Kitzhaber’s continuing episode with Cylvia Hayes is mindboggling. He claims he was blind sided about her past when it appeared in a newspaper article. The article pointed out her sordid background about marrying an Ethiopian so he could obtain a green card and her desire to grow illegal pot on a Washington farm, among other things. That was some time ago. What amazes me is he continued their relationship and is even sharing the governor’s office and who knows what else, with this woman. Well, he is in love.

Using the governor’s office to gain $180,000 of outside work is a conflict of interest, I would think. How long does the Ethics Commission need to decide to investigate and determine wrong doing? Remember three of the seven members on the commission are appointed by the governor. No doubt Ms.Hayes is pretty, smart and ambitious but she has no regards for the law.

People around the governor knew he was allowing something unethical to happen but did not come forward. This happens all of the time as no political party is exempt.  There are too many people in power positions that think they can brush the law aside. All too many times these people use attorneys’ advice to justify their actions. It appears these attorneys will provide the person in power with whatever answer the person desires. This occurred in the White House and state capitals around the country. It is not uncommon to see national and state elective officials use the excuse, “My lawyer told me it was alright.”

It will be interesting to see how the Democrat-controlled legislature deals with an unethical governor. I never thought of Cylvia Hayes as Oregon’s first lady. First Girlfreind maybe, but not first lady. I may have been wrong because she may be the first lady in the governors’ office to go to federal prison for tax evasion. Forgetting to put $180,000 of earnings on your income tax is no accident.

Bill Quinn
Keizer

The public good vs. individual freedom

By MICHAEL GERSON 

The measles outbreak at California’s Disneyland—which has spread like pixie dust—along with several other smaller flare-ups, has health officials warning of worse to come. Preventable infectious disease is making its return to the developed world—this time by invitation.

The scientific consensus on measles is effectively unanimous: (1) It is not trivial. Children with measles can get seriously ill, and there is chance of complications such as middle ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis. (2) Measles is highly transmissible—one of the easiest viruses to get or give. (3) The measles vaccine is highly effective—one of the most successful against any virus or microbe.

I’ll turn “(4)” over to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “The ‘evidence’ that measles vaccination is associated with serious adverse events such as autism and other afflictions, “ Fauci told me, “has been completely discredited by a number of independent scientific bodies.”

Yet, a significant minority of parents—often well-educated parents— are opting out of vaccination. Many states (including California) make it relatively easy to refuse vaccination for “philosophic” reasons. This does not, I suspect, mean that people are reading Immanuel Kant or John Stuart Mill; it means they are consuming dodgy sources on the Internet.

Resistance to vaccination on the left often reflects an obsession with purity. Vaccines are placed in the same mental category as GMOs, DDT and gluten. But the problem with organic health care is that the “natural” rate of child mortality is unacceptably high. Organically raised children can get some very nasty diseases.

Opposition to vaccination on the right often reflects an obsession with liberty—in this case, freedom from intrusive state mandates. It has always struck me as odd that a parent would defend his or her children with a gun but leave them vulnerable to a microbe. Some conservatives get especially exercised when vaccination has anything to do with sex—as with the HPV vaccine—on the questionable theory that teenagers are more likely to fornicate if they have a medical permission slip (or less likely to without it).

Whether hipsters or homeschoolers, parents who don’t vaccinate are free riders. Their children benefit from herd immunity without assuming the very small risk of adverse reaction to vaccination. It is a game that works—until too many play it.

Herd immunity requires about 90 percent vaccine coverage. Some children with highly vulnerable immune systems—say, a child being treated for leukemia—can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons. When the number of non-medical exemptions from vaccination gets large enough, the child with leukemia becomes the most vulnerable to the spread of disease.

The government (in this case, state governments) has the responsibility to keep vaccination rates above 90 percent, which benefits everyone. This requires burdening the freedom of parents in a variety of ways —not putting them in jail if they refuse to vaccinate, but denying them some public good (like public education) and subjecting them to stigma (which they generally deserve). As the rate of vaccination goes lower, the level of coercion must increase —making exemptions more difficult and burdensome to secure (as California needs to do).

This issue is important in itself. It also demonstrates a point that is properly called “philosophic.” Vaccination is communitarianism in its purest, laboratory form. The choices of citizens are restricted for a clearly (even mathematically) defined social good.

Things get murkier with other kinds of goods. Does the same coercive power apply to chronic diseases involving lifestyle choices? Government has taken a position against the use of tobacco. What of substances such as sugar, salt and saturated fat?

Does the common good extend to the moral and social health of a community? Maybe just to the moral health of people under 21 or 18 who can’t buy or consume certain things? How about prostitution, which degrades women and men (even as willing participants) and results in a squalid social atmosphere? How about the legal availability of concentrated forms of THC?

In all these matters, there is a balance between individual rights and the common good. This may sound commonplace. But some Americans seem to believe that the mere assertion of a right is sufficient to end a public argument. It is not, when the exercise of that right has unacceptable public consequences, or when the sum of likely choices is dangerous to a community. Sometimes we need 90 percent of the public to make the right choice, or innocent people suffer.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

After Mitt: A GOP message of sound growth

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW

In his announcement that he will not be running for president in 2016, he stated, “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee.”

This was unusual political humility. But let me highlight this specific phrase: “one who has not yet taken their message across the country.”

If there’s anything the GOP needs —besides a winner—it’s a confident, incentive-based, pro-growth message. The party didn’t have one last year, but it won the midterms thanks to President Obama’s ineptness. That won’t be enough in 2016.

The fourth-quarter GDP report, just out, illustrates the importance of a growth message. GDP came in at a disappointing 2.6 percent, way below expectations. For the year, only 2.5 percent growth.

All is not lost. The job numbers are better and there’s welcome relief from crumbling energy prices and a strong dollar. Consumer confidence has improved. Our resilient free-market economy is trying to plow ahead.

If the economy were unshackled of rising taxes and regulations, and if there was a new long-run commitment to souand money and free trade, we could unleash a new American prosperity. Negativism would turn into optimism, and America’s global leadership position would be restored.

Unfortunately, while Romney was great at rescuing companies, he ran a poor political campaign. There was no clear growth message. As John Tamny reminds in a recent column, Obamacare was modeled on Romneycare; Romney talked of a trade war with China, throwing off strong signals of a weaker dollar; Romney never made clear how he would limit government spending; and while he had a reasonably good tax-cut plan, he rarely discussed it.

Ultimately, Romney’s highly flawed message was unpersuasive to voters. Now, the 2016 GOP candidate must have a strong growth message.

Somebody on the campaign trail should also talk about money. New York Sun editor Seth Lipsky points out that the GOP platform last time around called for a monetary commission to look at a metallic standard, yet Romney never mentioned sound money.

The Fed ran completely amok with its QE program. It ballooned its balance sheet by more than $4 trillion, yet there was no sustainable pickup in real or nominal GDP. Actually, this monetarist failure was a good thing: If the turnover, or velocity, of money had been stable, instead of crashing, today’s inflation rate would be 15 percent rather than practically zero.

So the next Republican candidate should state a desire for the Fed to return to a market-based discipline using gold, commodities, dollar-exchange value and bond-market indicators. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the King Dollar comeback, along with falling energy prices, has not only delivered a tax-cut effect to consumers, it’s reduced all business production costs, making the economy more competitive. GOP candidates should not be afraid to talk sound money. It’s pro-growth.

They also must focus laser-like on the importance of incentives to grow the economy. For instance, rather than propose spending roughly $1.6 trillion on child tax credits (according to the Tax Policy Center), Senator Marco Rubio, an otherwise sound thinker, would be better advised to propose a flattening of marginal tax rates to perhaps 15 and 28 percent. This would give everyone in the middle class larger tax savings and stronger incentives to keep more of the extra dollar they earn.

President Obama doesn’t understand that taxing capital is a negative for new businesses, jobs, incomes and family spending. But Republicans should make darn sure they have a completely different vision.

And the GOP must recognize it can’t outbid the Democrats on lower- or middle-class benefits. Instead, they can talk incentives: If it pays more to work than to collect food stamps, or unemployment insurance, more people will work. The incentive model carries over to education and health care, where choice should be maximized. And Romney is right about this: Marriage is a key answer to poverty.

We’re about a year away from the first Republican primaries. The GOP has a solid bench. But the wannabes must get cracking on the central growth message of incentives, freedom of choice and sound money to unleash a new wave of American prosperity.

(Creators Syndicate)

Pit bull kills small dog in McNary Estates

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

An aggressive pit bull got away last Saturday, Jan. 31 after attacking a small dog and three humans in the McNary Estates area.

The small dog had to be put down the next day.

Steven Strean said he was just returning to his home on McNary Estates Drive in the early afternoon when he spotted neighbor Cheryl Harper jumping up and and down, waving her arms and asking for assistance since neighbor Marcie Lim and her small Maltese dog were being attacked by a black pit bull with white markings on the nose and chest.

“I drove down there and jumped out,” Strean said on Monday. “The dog had just, for a third time, yanked the (small) dog out of the lady’s arms. It just grabbed the dog and proceeded to go back in between two houses to finish the job.”

Strean said he and Alex Estrada approached the pit bull from opposite directions in an attempt to grab it and save the maltese.

“I was desperate to find something big to hit him with,” Strean said. “I broke some bamboo poles over his head, but it didn’t phase him. He moved around the yard with the other dog in his mouth.”

Strean said the little dog somehow got away.

“I called 9-1-1 and we were trying to hold the dog in the backyard until the police came, but this dog got away,” Strean said.

Strean said the Maltese had to be put down the next day due to the injuries, while Lim had injuries to her face and 17 stitches on her arm due to the pit bull biting clean through. In addition, the pit bull bit clear through Estrada’s thumb.

Three officers with the Keizer Police Department responded and looked for the pit bull, but were unable to find it.

According to officer Andrew Phelps’ report, Estrada noted a brown bulldog was running along with the pit bull, but did not attack anyone or get aggressive. The report noted both dogs were seen running south into a field.

Officers contacted a farmer in the field on a tractor, who reported seeing two dogs run south out of his field and a short time later saw a man in a silver Subaru looking for the dogs.

According to the report, there were no additional calls about the pit bull the rest of the day and no further action is being taken due to no leads.

Jeff Kuhns, deputy police chief with the KPD, has advice for dog owners.

“They should know that it’s a violation to allow a dog to run at large such as the two dogs that were said to be running at large when this incident occurred,” Kuhns said.

Those with information can contact the KPD at 503-390-3713.

Strean said the sights and sounds from last weekend will be hard to forget.

“You should have heard the screams (by Lim),” he said. “It was horrible. It was ugly.”

Strean emphasized he’s a dog lover who has had dogs most of his life and is currently looking to adopt one.

“I want this dog caught and found so (it’s owner) can be found responsible,” Strean said. “You have expensive doctor bills, plus this lady lost her little dog. I think the guy’s got some explaining to do. This dog has to be euthanized. If that was my dog, I would say that needs to be done. This dog was crazy and will do it again if it gets a chance. I want to do everything I can to find the dog so the owner will be held responsible. If they don’t catch this dog, very likely this will happen again.”

An awarding night in Keizer [with VIDEO]

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Former Keizer City Councilor Joe Egli (far left) celebrates winning the Merchant of the Year award

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Former city councilors scored a sweep at the 2014 Keizer Chamber First Citizen Award Banquet last Saturday, Jan. 31 at Keizer Quality Suites.

Former Keizer Mayor and councilor Lore Christopher was named First Citizen; former Keizer City Councilor Joe Egli picked up Merchant of the Year honors; former Salem City Councilor Dan Clem earned the President’s Award and former Keizer City Councilor Chuck Lee as well as wife Krina got the Service to Education Award.

Clem was the first to receive his award, after being chosen by Keizer Chamber of Commerce president Audrey Butler. Clem joined the Keizer chamber last June and is in charge of the Government Affairs Committee. He recently retired from the Salem City Council.

“I’m shocked,” said Clem, who took some good-natured ribbing from event emcee Nathan Bauer and others for not being dressed up. “Keizer is such a wonderful place because of the people. I’m deeply humbled and honored.”

Ron Hittner, the 2013 Service to Education recipient, introduced the Lees.

“Chuck’s decisions always came down to what’s best for the kids,” Hittner said.

Chuck, the former president of Blanchet Catholic School and current member of the Salem-Keizer School Board, is currently president of the Mountain West Career and Technical Institute. Krina is executive director of the Salem Keizer Education Foundation.

“This is an incredible award to receive,” Chuck said. “I love Keizer and I love representing Keizer on the school board. I tried for years to make it the Keizer-Salem School District. We’ve got a great community.”

Egli received his award from 2013 Merchant of the Year Rob Miller.

“The thing is to get people around you who are better than you,” Egil said. “I started coming to Keizer in 1976, when my dad would come down to Fortune Cookie.”

When it came time to introduce this year’s First Citizen, 2013 recipient John Doneth had all former recipients in the room come to the front to be recognized. The 12 in attendance stayed up front as Doneth announced Christopher as the newest member of the club, giving her the chance to greet each person.

“This is really a lifetime achievement award,” Doneth said.

Christopher was excited to get the award.

“My mom told me as a kid you’re judged by the company you keep,” she said. “I hope that’s true. I hope that these people that are in front of you, the city council members that I’ve served with, and my fellow nominees, I hope I’m judged by those folks because there’s none finer.”

Other nominees for First Citizen were Rich Duncan, Richard Walsh, Don Conat and Mark Caillier. Other Merchant of the Year nominees were Keizertimes publisher Lyndon Zaitz, Scott and Kalynn White, Shelly Paddock and Larry Jackson. Other Service to Education nominees were JoAnne Beilke, Jim Taylor, Scott Coburn and John Honey.

A new addition this year was the opportunity for companies or organizations to sponsor one of the front tables and to recognize those making a difference and Rising to the Occasion, which was the theme for the banquet. There were 10 such tables.

Keizer Fire District recognized retired fire board member Mike Hart, Oregon State Credit Union recognized Kevin and Danielle Dial, Sammies Pub recognized Keizer Thunder coach Jamie Gonzalez, Remodeling by Classic Homes recognized Lakepoint Community Church for its annual Servefest event, Chemeketa Community College recognized McNary High School’s Rhonda Brattain, Walery’s Premium Pizza honored the late Paul Koch, Saint Edward Catholic Church recognized Corky and Leitha Caron, Avamere recognized Margaret Murphy for her volunteering at Avamere Court, 1430 AM KYKN recognized the Distinguished Young Women of Keizer program and the Statesman Journal recognized the MHS basketball teams for raising funds to help classmate Payton Williams.

Mayor Cathy Clark, who took over Keizer’s top spot from Christopher last month, ended the evening with a toast.

“I’m looking at a whole room of people who love Keizer,” Clark said. “We will work diligently to serve you the way you serve each other.”

Complete profiles of the main winners will be featured in upcoming issues of the Keizertimes.