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Day: August 25, 2017

Hanging up the stethoscope

Of the Keizertimes

It’s been the summer of the long goodbye for Dr. Jay Jamieson of Willamette Valley Physicians on River Road North.

After 34 years as a family care physician in the area – 30 of them in Keizer – Jamieson is retiring. The goodbyes have taken on a now-familiar form: Jamieson talks with the patient about the problem of the day and is about to leave when the patient asks if he “has a minute.” Then a new space is opened up.

“They will recall some poignant moment in their health and thank me for helping them through it,” Jamieson said.

In those moments, Jamieson is awed by his profession and the ways in which things he learned years ago, or just last year, make a difference in people’s lives.

“You have six billion chemical reactions going on in your body right now and I have skills that allow me to ask you questions regarding what’s going on and then examination skills that can lead me to the possibilities of A, B, C or D. And, if that’s the case, we do X, Y or Z to figure it out,” Jamieson said.

Several people loomed large over Jamieson’s decision to become a doctor. His own childhood primary care physician and Dr. Grant Thorsett at Willamette University were two of them, but Jamieson’s mother, a registered nurse, had some of the biggest impact.

“She would come home with stories of amazing things that happened,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson was born in New Jersey and moved to the west coast after his father was transferred, as a civilian contractor, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. He received his pre-med degree from Willamette University and then studied medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Jamieson said serving in many capacities for only a month at a time during a three-year residency prepared him for the day-to-day work of  being a family physician.

“Every month during your residency, you’re working in a new field, with new patients and new systems. You are sort of taught resiliency,” he said. While he tried to keep an open mind, he stuck with general practice over a specialization because it gave him the opportunity to do a bit of everything.

Jamieson returned to the mid-Willamette Valley in 1983 and began working for Northwest Human Services office in west Salem. After working off his student loans, he performed medical missionary work for more than a year and then made his return to the Salem area.

At the time, there were only two doctors in Keizer. Dr. Vernon Casterline and Dr. Greg Thomas, and Casterline was planning his retirement. Jamieson took over Casterline’s side of the practice in 1987 and Thomas and Jamieson purchased and bought the property where WVP now sits in 1996.

Both Keizer and the medical field have changed a lot since Jamieson first came to town.

On the civic side of things, Jamieson said one of the biggest treats was the arrival of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. For a while, Jamieson was tapped as the Volcano’s team physician, but the responsibilities alongside raising five kids and being a partner in the clinic eventually prompted him to step aside.

In the grand scheme, medical practice has changed more drastically.

When Jamieson started out, his responsibilities entailed regular visits to the hospital either to admit patients or simply make the rounds on patients already there. Those duties are now performed by interning physicians who send Jamieson updates. It might seem like a small thing, but the change helped Jamieson get more sleep and focus on patients at the clinic. There is also significantly more outpatient treatment available for most problems.

“If you had a blood clot when I started, you’d be in a hospital for seven days and I would have to go to the hospital and check in on you every day. Now they start you on shots you give yourself and a pill and it works fine,” Jamieson said.

In 2011, with major changes coming as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Jamieson and Thomas sold the clinic to WVP Medical Clinics. Jamieson sees both good and frustrating things in what the ACA accomplished, but if 34 years in medicine taught him anything, it’s flexibility.

Still after all that time, and with retirement a mere week away, Jamieson can still find himself reeling at the thought of all his career has entailed.

“I was doing a sports physical the other day and I looked over at the boy’s mom and said, ‘You know, you would have been about the same age when I first started seeing you,’” he said.

Jamieson has treated as many as five generations of the same family, and has numerous families in which he’s treated three generations. Given that entrenchment in people’s lives, he’s tried to assuage the fears that come with change.

“I won’t be here, but people will still come before paper and our patients’ time will be treated as valuably as our own,” he said.

More than that though, it’s left him with a different sense of awe – at the lessons in humility his patients have taught him. Jamieson and Thomas never put up billboards or paid for a lot of advertising even when competition came to town. They relied mostly on word-of-mouth. It was only recently, during the summer of the long goodbye, that Jamieson is able to comprehend the scope of his impact on the lives of his patients, in those moments after the scheduled appointments are over.

“It’s been humbling to realize that they trusted me and the other staff with their healthcare needs and we take that very seriously,” he said. “Hearing people thanking me has been very humbling and I did not realize the impact I had. I always figured I’m just one of many family doctors, but some of my patients kept coming back for 30 years.”

Volcanoes take in the eclipse

Of the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes kept fighting Monday, eclipse day, but fell to the visiting Hillsboro Hops 9-5.

Believed to be the first eclipse-scheduled game in the history of professional baseball, the event drew 5,297 fans for the largest attendance not on a Fourth of July in Keizer Stadium history.

They came from 34 states not including Oregon, as well as nine foreign countries: Australia, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, England, Italy, Japan, Norway, and South Africa. Canadians came from British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

Noah Petro, a research scientist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, threw two ceremonial pitches, one just before the eclipse and one just after it. Both balls are on their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Alexis Mather, Miss Oregon 2016, sang the national anthem.

The plan was for the first inning to be played before the eclipse, the remainder of the game after. However, a traffic delay for the Hops and a lengthy top of the first inning changed plans. John Timmins, normally a reliever for Salem-Keizer, was the starting pitcher with the plan for a regular starter, Peter Lanoo, to take over for the second inning, which he did.

The bottom of the first, however, did not start until the eclipse ended. Rather than start Tucker Ward, a reliever, the Hops started a rotation pitcher, Tyler Badano.

Hillsboro made things rough in the top of the first. Ryan Grotjohn hit a one-out single to right field and went to second base on an infield single by Luis Lara. Dan Swain singled to center, driving in Grotjohn, and went to second on a throw. With Swain on third, Daulton Varsho hit a home run to left, his first of two homers in the game. In the middle of the first, the Hops had a 4-0 lead.

Badano set the Volcanoes down in order in the first. Lanoo did the same to Hillsboro in the top of the second.

In the Volcano second, Orlando Garcia hit a one-out double down the left field line. Manuel Geraldo singled to center, driving him home, and reached third on a single to center by Michael Sexton. Rob Calabrese hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Geraldo. Hillsboro’s lead was cut to 4-2.

The Hops added to their lead in the fourth. Thompson led off with a single to center and went to second as Varsho grounded out. Ryan Tufts reached first and then second on an error by third baseman Shane Matheny that allowed Thompson to score. Jorge Perez doubled to center, driving in Tufts and giving the Hops a 6-2 lead.

In the Volcano fourth, Garcia singled to center and reached third on a single to right by Geraldo. Sexton got Garcia home on a fielder’s choice, and the score was 6-3.

Lara added a run in the top of the fifth with a homer to right.

Varsho led off the sixth with a home run over the right field fence. Owings singled to right, and Ryan Dobson brought him home with a double to left. Hillsboro led 9-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, Logan Baldwin led off with a walk. Ryan Kirby followed with a single to left, saw left fielder Connor Owings bobble the ball, and headed for second. Owings, however, made a quick recovery and fired to first, and Kirby did not get back there in time. Baldwin reached third as Garcia grounded out and scored in an infield single by Geraldo.

Cesar Yanez pitched for the Volcanoes in the seventh, allowing one hit but no runs.

Facing Luis Castillo in the bottom of the seventh, the Volcanoes got only one baserunner, on a walk.

A newcomer, Weilly Yan, pitched for the Volcanoes in the ninth, walking two but not allowing a run.

Matt Peacock, pitching the ninth for Hillsboro, walked Rob Calabrese with one out. A double by Matheny moved Calabrese to third, and he scored on a ground out by Malique Ziegler. That was the fifth and last Salem-Keizer run.

Badano was the winning pitcher with a 1-2 record. Timmins took the loss, going to 1-4.

“They’re playing hard,” manager Jolbert Cabrera said of his Volcanoes, noting the first inning was the biggest problem.

“I think we’ve just got to be consistent all around,” was Garcia’s comment. “We need to put it together.

Join the campaign to decrease distracted driving in Oregon

Nearly 500 people died on Oregon roads in 2016, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. That is an increase of almost 60 percent in three years. Evidence concludes that many road deaths can be linked to distracted driving.

Drive Healthy is a new campaign from the Oregon Department of Transporattion, Oregon State Patrol and AAA, begining Sept. 1,  to encourage healthy driving habits. They want to achieve a marked reduction in the number of people injured due to distracted drivers. Every three hours someone in Oregon is injured by a distracted driver, which is not surprising when up to 75 percent of Oregonians say they drive distracted.

Healthy driving is defined as ‘hands on the wheel, mind on the road.’ That’s especially true here in the mid-Willamette Valley where traffic gets heavier year after year. Let’s face it, we’re really talking about people talking or texting on their cellphones while driving. When you drive look around and you’ll conclude that easily 75 percent of your fellow drivers are concentrating on their phone call or their text message rather than the car in front of them or on the sides of them

The Drive Healthy campaign will endeavor to make healthy driving a winning proposition by having drivers install the LifeSaver app and participate as driving members of an organization or a group. Beginning Sept. 1,  the competition starts to see who is Oregon’s safest driver.

When a driver registers the app that scores on whether you unlock or use their phone while their vehicle is in motion. Less unlocking of a phone means a a higher score. Drive Healthy will post the scores which are reset each month. Not only will they be able to see who the safest drivers are, but also track changes in driving behavior.

We fully embrace this campaign. States can pass no cell while driving laws, but the enforcement generally comes when and if that driver is pulled over for some other infraction. The Drive Healthy campaign is an alternative to the scolding campaign that never seems to work: don’t text and drive lands on too many deaf ears.

A societal change of behavior regarding distracted driving really needs to start when people are driving with their young kids in the car—young people ape what they see, and if pre-teens see their parents texting or talking on their cellphones it reenforces the message to the children that it is okay. That behavior then follows them into their cellphone-owning and driving years.

The Drive Healthy campaign is not a frivolous, teens-only, program. It is for everyone. Members of a church, members of a club, co-employees—groups can be comprised of anything.

This is a good time to get the LifeSaver app and join the healthy driving campaign. The penalty for distracted driving also goes from $500 to $2,000 and goes into effect on Oct. 1.

Not getting injured, or getting into an accident or receiving a $2,000 fine are some good incentives to be part of the campaign.

Drivers can visit to learn more about the program and the app.


Legislature can learn from Keizer

As I write this column, it’s Sunday afternoon, the day before the Eclipsealypse or whatever it will be called in the future. By the time you read this, you’ll have experienced something that is, maybe, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I hope it was everything you wanted it to be.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to many people in our little town called Keizer.  Our Mayor Cathy Clark, our city councilors: Laura Reid, Bruce Anderson, Amy Ryan, Roland Herrera, Kim Freeman and Marlene Parsons. The man who seems to get everything to happen in Keizer: Clint Holland.  Our wonderful police department led by Chief John Teague. Our fantastic fire district and its chief Jeff Cowan. I know I’m missing many but lastly Lyndon Zaitz and the crew at the Keizertimes.  These people and as I’ve said, many others, are part of what make Keizer the best little town in Oregon. As a state representative, I don’t try to get involved too much in city business but when I do have the opportunity I find that all of these folks and others, really help me to understand what “the volunteer spirit” truly is.  You see, though some of the people I’ve listed are, of course, paid employees, all of them do so much more than “their job” and go “above and beyond” to make Keizer the place that it is.  Sadly, so many times in the state legislature, our political differences keep us from working together to make Oregon better.  From what I’ve seen in my second term in the Oregon House, both sides can be right and both sides can be wrong but they can’t always seem to see that. Working together can also be something that does great things yet if it means compromising your principles, it can be a disaster. An example of that is Gov. Kate Brown’s recent line item veto of certain projects that were negotiated as part of a deal made by both sides.  Though I am not a fan of political deals,  there is a time for them and both sides must keep their word.  Rep. Sal Esquivel of Medford kept his word, the governor did not. I’ve written many times in this space that I feel that one-party rule is detrimental to Oregon. I contend that with either party this is true as there was a time, not long ago, when my party was in control of the Oregon Legislature and I am ashamed to say, made many of the same mistakes and pulled many of the same tactics that the current party in charge are doing.  If I could wave a magic wand I’d make the legislature just like Keizer.  We may come from differing political ideologies here, but we come together to help each other when it counts.  This eclipse event is exactly what I mean. So much has been done by so many to make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience here in Keizer, I am just so proud of our town.

(Bill Post represents House District 25. He can be reached at 503- 986-1425 or via email at rep.bill- [email protected])

Eclipse event hits it out of Keizer Rapids Park


Thank you,  Keizer!

The Keizer Park Foundation’s solar eclipse event fundraiser at Keizer Rapids Park was a huge success and the citizens of Keizer were welcoming to our out-of-town guests. There are several people that helped pull all of this together and I would like to acknowledge them.

David Louden for his tireless work on preparing the camping field for campers, providing security at night alongside his son Chris, and being available to the campers

Allen Barker for his tireless work on preparing the camping field for campers, and being available to help the campers find their spots.

Rich Palmer from the Keizer Parks Foundation gave up a few days of his time to also help out with staking out the camping spots to working the registration booth.

Tom Thiele saved the day by bringing out his quads so that we could get around better in the fields and then he stayed and helped us for a few days.

Trudy Thiele, Teagan, and Tyler for their help showing guests their camping spots.

Bob Shackleford for bringing in sponsors: (Les Schwab, Keizer Vision Clinic, Earth Tech Landscape Solutions, Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center, Keizer Elks, JC’s Pizza, Brian and April McVey Coldwell Banker, Mommy and Maddi’s, Home Smart Realty, Oregon Finest Custom Tile, Odd Moe’s Pizza, Building Materials Bargain Center Inc., Battle Storm Funcional Fitness and Defense and Rich Ford with Windmere Realty, thank you again for your support)  to help offset the cost of the event and for being available to help out in the field to give our other folks a rest.

Matt Lawyer for getting the trash cans donated for the facility.

Kriss Lawyer for not only organizing the registration booth but for helping out in whatever was needed.

Clint Holland for providing three nights and one morning of amazing entertainment at the Keizer Rotary Amphitehatre.

Maria Kelly helping in registration and the HOST Camper.

CERT, especially Linda Pantalone for organizing her teams to protect our campers.

Keizer Police Department for patrolling and always being present.

Keizer Fire District for patrolling and always being present. The campers were grateful that we took care of them.

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce who lent us their trailer for registration, and for providing signage from the freeway to the park.

Bob Parsons for traffic control, trash control and manning the Camp Host trailer.

Jeremy Turner for creating the website so that our campers and volunteers could sign up on line.

The Keizer Parks Foundation for manning the registration booth and getting our campers checked in.

There were numerous volunteers who worked every day on picking up trash, traffic control and helping the campers find their spots. Special thanks to these folks:

Amanda Buenz, Kristie Sears, Carla Schultheis, Kevin Dial, Jeremy Turner, Judi Liechty, Andrea Bland, Kris Bland, Tim Reid, Allison Reid, Evan Harvey, Heather Roberts and Megan Dulong, I appreciate all of these folks because without volunteers we could not have pulled this off.

Councilor Laura Reid  volunteer coordinator, traffic control, trash control, you name it she was there rolling up her sleeves.

Councilor Kim Freeman—Doing everything we asked of her and just being present to help where needed.

And special thanks to the Keizertimes for advertising our event and printing off maps in a special edition for our guests to get around town.

We had campers from all over the world: Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland and folks that came from Texas, Oklahoma,Washington,California, Idaho, Maryland, Alaska and Florida.

The campers were excited to be at our park and some of the comments that they wrote were:

“Thank you for welcoming us to your party.”

“Nice park.”

“Great organization! Definitely would visit again.”

“This is a great experience! So impressed with all the Keizer people volunteering and how organized it all is.”

These are just a few of the comments that our campers wrote in our guest book.

It is amazing how our little town came together for the most amazing eclipse ever. Awes and tears; I hope that I didn’t forget anyone and if I did thank you again.

I’m very grateful to serve this city and call it my home. Keizer, we did well!

(Marlene Parsons is the president of the Keizer City Council and spearheaded the eclipse-related events at Keizer Rapids Park.)

ECLIPSED: Celestial event draws global audience to Keizer

Of the Keizertimes

After months of build-up, and more than a little anxiety, the Great American Eclipse came and went all too quickly for most viewers Monday, Aug. 21.

“It’s was a whirlwind, but we were able to pull it off. Everyone was respectful and friendly and took great care of our park, and the big payoff this morning made it all worth it,” said City Councilor Marlene Parsons, who spearheaded the organization of the Keizer Eclipse event at Keizer Rapids Park.

Parsons and other city councilors who participated in the all-weekend effort recapped the event at the Keizer city council meeting the evening following the eclipse.

The Keizer Eclipse event in Keizer Rapids Park drew visitors from several continents and numerous states and all of them turned to stare at the sun as it appeared behind the moon, eliciting, oohs, ahhs, and a general excited ruckus.

Alan O’Connell, along with wife Emma and daughter Rudy, traveled all the way from London to snag a spot on the big lawn.

“I definitely wanted to see it, there was one years ago in the UK, but it was cloudy and I missed that chance,” said Alan, who described himself as a astronomy enthusiast, but by no means a die-hard. “We looked at many places, but it came down to here or Solarfest and this was a bit cheaper.”

The O’Connells arrived at 1 p.m. on Saturday and already had rave reviews of the park’s Big Toy.

“It’s brilliant and the xylophone thing is great. That’s probably the best playground we’ve ever been to,” Alan said.

“We’ve only been in this park so far, but it’s really beautiful. We are really happy that we came here because the set-up is just perfect,” Emma added.

Denis Vrba and Judson Barnes traveled down from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Vrba  brought with him a friend, Denis Stoltz, from Sudetenland. The trio visited and took pictures with Mayor Cathy Clark before settling in for the night.

Vrba was most impressed with the people he’d seen around the park as volunteers.

“There are so many people active and involved,” he said.

Barnes said there were some things not that different from home.

“Most of B.C. is on fire right now and we came to Oregon and it’s the same thing,” he joked.

Manon and Maarten Van Wamel, who also live in B.C., were hosting a nephew from their native Netherlands and decided to make the trip to Oregon almost on a lark.

Manon said the reasonable price for the location made it ideal.

She and Maarten had both seen an eclipse in 1991, but they were more prepared to enjoy it this time around.

“I was working at an airport the first time and the biggest thing was everything went silent, which is unusual for an airport,” Manon said.

“I was in a forested area and we were laying down on ground. You could see the shadow approach and go away,” Maarten said.

Their nephew Floris Reininga and his girlfriend Laura Vingelvein already planned to visit Canada but the eclipse opportunity came up unexpectedly.

“We had no clue,” Floris said.

The group took advantage of the trip to Oregon to visit the Canby Rodeo, which was another highlight for Laura, a horse enthusiast.

“It was awesome and so cool,” Laura said.

Visitors from Brazil, Tijuana, Japan and Australia had all checked into the camp by the end of the weekend. The event, a fundraiser for the Keizer Parks Foundation, is expected to bring in upward of $30,000 when the final tallies come in, Parsons said.

Keizer’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) provided a variety of services 24/7 at Keizer Rapids Park, including patrolling the area for fire hazards and an around-the-clock first aid station.

“We saw at least 25 patients with issues ranging from a cracked collar bone to heat stroke and tons of bandages and bee stings,” said Linda Pantalone, CERT coordinator. “We provided a great customer service station where folks stopped by to visit or get directions and information. Our central location made it a great stop for families and their pets.”

Across town, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes made the most of the eclipse by hosting the first-ever eclipse-delayed baseball game. The Volcanoes hosted visitors from six continents, 34 states and even representatives of NASA who spoke about the eclipse-related science before the game.

Clark said viewing the eclipse with the nearly 6,000 people in attendance at the stadium helped her understand the hubbub surrounding totality.

“It was absolutely phenomenal, and I understand why people want to be in the zone of totality,” Clark said.