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Day: October 24, 2016

Judith Ann Herber Peters

J. Peters
J. Peters

Judith Ann Herber Peters, 73, of Keizer, passed away on October 21, 2016. Judi was born December 16, 1942 in Vancouver, Washington. She was the daughter of Joseph and Rosalie Herber.

Judi is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry, her daughter Shannon Tallman and grandchildren Shelby and Austin Tallman and Taylor and McKenna Peters. She is also survived by her brother Joseph Herber and sisters Tyrene Denlinger and Mary Mize.

Judi will be at peace knowing she will rejoin her son, Shawn Peters and daughter, Lori Kim Peters.

Judi enjoyed being around family and truly loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and treasured her visits with friends. Many people knew her by her warm smile and laugh.

Memorial services will be conducted on Thursday, October 27 at 1pm at the Keizer Funeral Chapel in Keizer, Oregon. There will be a celebration of life following the service at the Keizer Elks Lodge.

Celtics lose non conference game to North Medford

McNary senior Caleb Kiefiuk-Yates sacks North Medford quarterback Javan Gail in the second quarter to force a punt.
McNary senior Caleb Kiefiuk-Yates sacks North Medford quarterback Javan Gail in the second quarter to force a punt.

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen was blunt after his team’s 38-17 loss to North Medford on Friday, Oct. 21.

The Celtics laid an egg.

“They just played a lot harder than we did,” Auvinen said. “They took it to us and played with more intensity. We got caught kind of flat-footed and by the time we responded, we were still in the game, and then we got caught flat-footed again and didn’t respond nearly as well.”

North Medford entered the game with a pass-first spread offense but the Black Tornado did most of its damage against McNary on the ground, rushing for 200 yards and passing for only 49.

“I figured they would like to run the ball,” Auvinen said. “They just haven’t been very effective at at. They were much better today, obviously, and took it to us.”

North Medford scored on its first drive with a 6-yard run to take an early 7-0 lead. But the Celtics quickly answered as quarterback Josiah Gilbert hit Brendan Van Voorhis in stride for an 84-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter.

The Black Tornado added another 6-yard touchdown run on its next possession but McNary again responded. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Gilbert pushed his way into the end zone and AJ Johnk’s extra point tied the game 14-14 with 7:23 remaining in the second quarter.

North Medford returned the following kickoff 87 yards to take a 21-14 lead.

Gilbert them fumbled, giving the Black Tornado the ball at their own 41-yard line. But the Celtic defense stood strong as Caleb Kiefiuk-Yates sacked North Medford quarterback Javan Gail on third down to force a punt.

With 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Lucas Garvey lined up at quarterback but the North Medford defense wasn’t fooled and Garvey threw an interception to close the first half.

McNary caught a break early in the third quarter when the Black Tornado muffed a punt and the Celtics recovered at their opponent’s 35-yard line.

On third-and-8 from the 18-yard line, Gilbert appeared to have Van Voorhis open in the end zone but the pass was short and McNary had to settle for a Johnk 35-yard field goal to get within 21-17.

North Medford had its own chance to kick a field goal but on fourth-and-6 from the Celtic 16, decided to go for it and Garvey broke up a pass in the end zone.

Defense then took over the game.

The Black Tornado started their next two possessions at the McNary 39 and 24-yard lines, respectively, but got zero points to show for it as both drives ended in punts.

In between, the Celtics weren’t able to do anything either. After a 5-yard penalty, Gilbert threw three incomplete passes and McNary punted.

North Medford was then able to place a punt on the Celtic 1-yard line. After three plays and gaining zero yards, the Celtics elected to take a knee in the end zone for a safety rather than try to punt.

“That was my call,” Auvinen said. “We had trouble on the last punt. We were on the 1-yard line and the last punt went to about the 23. Let’s see if we can reverse the field a little bit.”

The decision looked like the correct one when North Medford later blocked a McNary punt and returned it for a touchdown to expand its lead to 30-17 with 11:25 remaining in the game.

The Celtics continued to do little on offense, turning the ball over on downs at the North Medford 42-yard line with 10:06 left to play.

“We struggled all night long controlling the line of scrimmage,” Auvinen said. “I thought we had them tired in the second quarter and started moving the ball a little bit but we couldn’t duplicate that after. We weren’t throwing the ball on time frequently, rather it was good coverage or the rush was too mush pressure. There were a lot of reasons.”

Garvey was able to momentarily stop the bleeding, intercepting Gail at the McNary 3-yard line. However, three plays later, McNary was called for intentional grounding, which resulted in another safety and gave North Medford a 32-17 lead.

With only 21 seconds remaining, Gail threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring.

McNary finished with 59 yards rushing on 31 carries. Gilbert was 9-for-25 passing for 203 yards.

Keizer Liquor now largest in the state

Christy and Oliver Coker. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Christy and Oliver Coker. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer Liquor is now open at its new location in Schoolhouse Square and, if you’re human, you’re not going to be able to resist running your hand over the bar.

“They sent us out looking for a board that was this big and this wide and we picked this one out at a Salem salvage yard. It ended up being gorgeous,” said Christy Coker, who co-owns the shop with her husband, Oliver.

The bar is centerpiece of the new store, 5023 River Road N., and a sign of things to come.

“We want to make it an event bar highlighting local distilleries and local wineries for the people whose products we sell. We’re also hoping to bring people in to do educational talks about how everything ends up in the bottle,” said Oliver.

While work on the bar is still being completed, customers can sign up for text messages and email blasts about upcoming events at the shop’s new website, www.keizerliquorstore.com.

The Cokers took ownership of Keizer Liquor in January 2014 and have had their sights on the Schoolhouse Square space even before it became available.

“We’ve always thought this space would be a good space for the store, and when we presented the move to the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) this was the space we envisioned,” Oliver said.

The floor space has more than doubled from the prior location further south on River Road and that’s made way for a bevy of new products. In addition to a wider selection of wines, with a focus on Northwest vintners, an exponentially larger selection of cigars, a gift shop, and more Oregon-made liquor products, the Cokers are putting a spotlight on craft beers.

“We have a lot of Oregon-made items, 13 doors of Northwest craft beers and three doors of 22-oz craft beers. We’re also always changing and trying to figure out the right mix for Keizer,” Oliver said. “We try to stock things customers might not find in a grocery store.”

One side effect of the move is that Keizer Liquor is now the largest liquor store in the state.

“That wasn’t intended, it just kind of happened,” Oliver said.

The Cokers and their employees moved the store in one fell swoop two weeks ago, packing up the old store on a Saturday and moving it to the new site on Sunday. They opened the doors for business on Monday.

They’ve also hired new employees to take on the extra duties the new store requires.

“We started hiring before the move so we could get everybody up to speed on the systems,” Christy said. They now have a dozen employees and expect to hire another three or four for the upcoming holiday season.

“It’s been exciting … tiring, but the more it calms down, the easier it is to see the bigger picture. We’re still kind of waiting for the moment to hit us when we can appreciate how amazing it is and it’s going to be,” Christy said.