The Rotary Club of Keizer kicked off its annual food drive with a presentation by Marion Polk Food Share on the importance of cash and food donations to feed hungry people.
The partnership between Rotary Clubs and MPFS has been going on for seventeen years. MPFS is focused on providing nutritious food throughout Marion and Polk Counties. They provide food to local food banks which distribute the food. Faith Lutheran Church and Dayspring Fellowship are food bank locations in Keizer.
Several sites in Keizer are collecting food through the next three weeks: Keizer City Hall, Keizer Fire, Boucher’s Jewelers, R. Bauer Insurance, Oregon State Federal Credit Union, Loren’s Sanitation and First Tech Federal Credit Union.
Anyone wishing to make a donation of nutritious packaged food can do so during business hours. David Smith at First Tech Federal Credit Union is the chair of the Food Drive for the Rotary Club of Keizer.
The food drive continues through Thursday, March 31.
The 50th year reunion of McNary High School’s first graduating class has been set for July 15-17. The class numbered about 250 and were comprised of students who moved from North Salem High School and Keizer students.
Events during the three day reunion will include golf, a barbecue at the Dye House at the Mission Mill in Salem with students from the 1966 class of North Salem High School.
The reunion dinner will be held at McNary Restaurant and Lounge; the event winds up with a tour of McNary High School.
The deadline for registering for the reunion of McNary’s first graduating class is June 1. Visit www.mcnaryhs66.com for information and registration information.
It’s been a big year so far for Scott White and his family.
In January, White won the Merchant of the Year award at the annual Keizer Chamber of Commerce First Citizens Award banquet for his family-run Big Town Hero Keizer location.
On Tuesday, White announced he is closing his Schoolhouse Square retail location at 5099 River Road N.
White’s family has helped out at the restaurant he bought five years ago. Daughter Kalynn White has served as manager while also running K’s Catering.
Big Town Hero and K’s Catering will now combine their menus to offer an expanded catering service. The family is building a commercial kitchen at their home and will run the operations from there.
“We sat down as a family and reviewed our business plan, goals and upcoming challenges,” White said. “To include increases to minimum wage compensation and employee sick leave will have a significant impact on our bottom line. We feel like it will compromise our ability to provide the same level of service and quality products at the retail location.”
The River Road location will close on Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m. The family will be hosting a community day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, serving free sandwiches.
Big Town Hero will continue to deliver individual lunches to businesses and schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, with 24 hours notice required for six or more lunches, sandwich platters or six-foot long subs.
“This community has embraced our family and our businesses, Big Town Hero and K’s Catering,” White said. “We are excited to grow our combined expertise and catering services with all the same Big Town Hero soup and sandwich favorites, but also a wide variety of menu options to exceed everyone’s catering demands for any event, small to large.”
The announcement is just the latest recent change at Schoolhouse Square, which was bought by Washington-based Bloch Properties in December. A new BFit gym is coming (see pg. A3), next to the Anytime Fitness that closed at the end of January. Longtime State Farm agent George Goesch turned his business over to Scott Ayres at the end of 2015, while Starbucks is moving just down River Road.