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Month: March 2018

Marjorie Wing Jackson Bowder

February 25, 1922 – March 12, 2018

Marjorie W. Bowder of Keizer, Oregon passed away March 12, 2018. She was 96 years old.  Marjorie was born to John C. and Isabelle “Belle” Wing Jackson in Sherborn, Massachusetts on February 25, 1922. After high school Marjorie attended American International College in Massachusetts. During WWll she worked in New Jersey as a secretary pool manager for the United States War Department. There she met and then married Clifford A. Bowder from South Dakota. They moved to Keizer, Oregon where she lived for 70 years. Marjorie and her family were active in the Salem First Congregational Church where they developed many lasting friendships.

M. Bowder

Living in Keizer, Marjorie had two daughters and joined Clifford in running his businesses. She worked for the Keizer School District as a Community Schools Coordinator. She was devoted to her family and became actively involved in many community programs and activities. Marge was a Campfire Girls leader, a member of Toastmasters International and a founder of the Keizer Art Association. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce honored Marge as a Merchant of the Year and she received the Sertoma Service to Mankind award for her community service.

An avid reader, Marge loved poetry and appreciated interesting uses of language. Sport was important to her and she was a strong swimmer and excelled at tennis. She enjoyed teaching tennis through the Keizer Community Schools program. As her generation entered the age of hand held calculators, computers and cell phones, she was willing to try new things and enjoyed learning about the latest technology.

Marge took a genuine interest in the education, activities and endeavors of her children and all young people that she was associated with. She had a sweeping vocabulary that she used to splash her frequent and interesting turns of phrase. She was generous of heart and her positive attitude and light sense of humor were among her most endearing attributes.

Marjorie was predeceased by Clifford, her husband of 63 years. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn (Mark) Greene Flores and Jacqueline (Doug) Lusk, 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, scores of nieces and nephews, and many family and friends whose lives were positively influenced by knowing Marge.

Community activism was a way of life handed down through Marjorie’s family and contributions of volunteer time in your community would be a fitting tribute to Marjorie’s life of service.

Where are the adults?

By ERIC A. HOWALD

I’m fine, I tell myself while following an employee of the Salem-Keizer School District through the currently empty halls of Whiteaker Middle School in the minutes before students plan to walk out of class and join a nationwide protest and memorial for 17 teenagers and adults who were gunned down at a Florida high school.

It’s March 14, 2018, one month to the day after the last, devastating mass shooting at a school in America.

My daughter, Ameya, is a student here and planned to take part in what was happening. She told my wife and I that she wanted to be part of the walkout a week ago, neither of us said anything at the time. Two days earlier, I asked her to sit down and tell us why she wanted to participate.

“It could have been my friends,” Ameya said, and started retreating into herself as if on defense.

That was enough, I told her. I would support her, but she needed to understand that what she planned to do was a political act and not just an excuse to leave school for a few minutes against the wishes of adults.

I don’t know how often average parents worry about safety at school, but it is an ever-present, low-level concern in my life. If this violence arrives in Keizer, I will need to be on the front lines of it talking with survivors and the families of victims. I’ve worked with and around the students of this community for more than a decade. If a single student ends up dead on a Keizer campus, there is a better-than-average chance I might know them, or one of their siblings, or their parents, or maybe their best friend. I’m nearly certain it’s only a matter of time.

I’m fine, I repeat to myself as the students make their way out the classroom to the exits. Then I see who is leading this particular group of students: Paris, an eighth grader at the Whiteaker. Paris and one of her co-organizers lead the group down the hall. When the students falling in line behind her start to get louder than they should, Paris tries to hush them.

Paris and Ameya have attended the same school since first grade. Seeing the confidence and surety evident in her leading of this group makes me feel pride in the young woman she is becoming.

Then a wave of shame rolls in as she passes. In eighth grade students are 13 or 14 years old while adults in this country have chosen to do nothing for a generation after each and every mass shooting – at schools, workplaces, malls, clubs and churches. We’ve thrown up our hands and contend there is simply nothing we can do because a document written more than two centuries years ago says gun ownership of nearly any type is a right bestowed upon anyone older than 18. We’ve come up with all manner of defenses for the continued use of deadly force, but the last time I checked there was no asterisk by the Christian commandment “Thou shall not kill.”

It’s okay, I’m fine, I tell myself as I follow the students outside into the parking lot where they gather in a large mass. I continue to take pictures as what looks to be about a third of the school files out the doors. Some students have signs with the names of the victims from the Florida shooting. The ones who are obviously just there to miss out on class group together at the back and talk in outdoor voices. The ones nearer the front stand and whisper quietly waiting to see what happens.

Paris picks up a megaphone and launches into reading names and descriptions of the lives that were snuffed out in Florida. I learn later that she and the other organizers read through the obituaries and social media feeds of all 17 victims to compile brief biographies. She makes it through four or five names before her voice cracks for the first time. Tears follow soon after handing off the megaphone.

The megaphone passes from the next young woman to yet another that I know and was at my house as recently as a few months ago. From her it goes to the fourth student, Alyssa.

Last summer, I drove Ameya, Alyssa and another friend up to Portland so they could see Shawn Mendes perform at the Moda Center. They were aware that a concert represented a potential danger to their lives and asked me whether they should be worried. This was only two months after an Ariana Grande concert in the United Kingdom became the stage for a suicide bomber. I did my best to reassure them but, in retrospect, the weight of the question escaped me at the time.

At what point did we agree to trade our children’s sense of safety as they make their way through the world for the “right” of some people to choose to carry assault-style weapons? We vote on lesser trade-offs every year.

I am certain some who are reading this are already picking apart the last lines. They’re going to write to me and tell me how little I understand about guns because I didn’t use the right terminology. I don’t care. I first fired a rifle at a pie tin when I was 13. A few years later, my uncle took me out to hunt squirrels and I thrilled over shooting and killing my first one. Seven years later, the third person in my life killed himself with a gun, he was 13.  I haven’t held a gun since and don’t intend to ever again. At any rate, this isn’t an issue of vocabulary, it’s about human lives.

I finish talking with Alyssa and get Paris’ attention for a quick interview before she heads back inside. Before Paris is able to make it over to me, Ameya comes up from behind, hugs me and begins weeping.

This. Is not. Fine, I think. I free my arm from Ameya’s hug and put it around her shoulder and pull her in tight. Alyssa sees her distress and comes over to both of us as tears begin to stream down my cheeks.

“I’m just glad it wasn’t one of you guys,” Ameya says between sobs.

“I’m glad it wasn’t you, too,” Alyssa says.

How do you explain survivor’s guilt to someone in eighth grade?

Before I know it, I have an arm around both of them and I tell them, the way adults always do, that we are going to make this better. The girls recover and walk away without another word. I’m left feeling like a fraud in a puddle of my own lies and wiping away the streaks on my face.

If I was one of the kids today, I would be disgusted with the idea of growing old. There are things that could be done to limit the volumes of blood in our streets – background checks on every gun sale, mandatory liability insurance for gun owners, increasing the age for gun purchases and, yes, better systems for engaging those who with struggle mental health problems – but adults choose to look the other way or resign ourselves to wishes of the well-armed militias. We raise our hackles for a brief span of time or hashtag a tweet and pretend we’ve done our hard part in the struggle until the next mass slaughter when we put off talking about solutions because that would be “a knee-jerk reaction.”

How can we expect the children of this country not to become cynics when the adults refuse to speak truth to monied interests? Silence begets helplessness begets hopelessness, and I know that isn’t the lesson I want my daughter and her friends to learn.

The problem is where to start. I can give money and my vote to candidates who tell me they will fight for gun control, but I don’t expect that to make a difference. We tell people every vote on a ballot matters, but the reality is that the vote you cast with your dollar matters more in this country.

How many parents have to lose children before anything actually changes? How many size small body bags will we let pile up in the meantime?

We shouldn’t be fine with asking either question. But, in the 48 hours since the walkout, the only conclusion I’ve come to is that we’re all fine, until we’re not, and the toll for our inaction is being levied on our sons and daughters.

(Eric A. Howald is managing editor of the Keizetimes.)

Do ads make teens drive recklessly?

At what age does the human brain mature?

Under most laws, young people are recognized as adults at the age of 18. However, emerging science about human brain development informs that most people do not reach full maturity until the age of 25.  During their first two decades of life, humans are readily influenced and highly impressionable.

Fairness in assessing the growth and development of interests among young American men has held many among them attentive to and fixated on automobiles. Nowadays, this opinion writer would argue, there are often as many young American women also quite interested in automobiles.  The use of the automobile by many young men and women is to attract persons of the opposite sex.

Aside from human nature and the birds and bees, one of the ways America’s young people are effective at shortening their lives is by using the automobile in ways as to test the limits of physics and related control of powerful machines. I was taught to drive by my father who offered many admonishments from my beginner stage to solo use of the family car. It was then my turn with my daughters. I never had an accident but that outcome was a case of pure luck and, while my daughters returned home —once each—with minor damage to family cars, but no loss of life, it’s a hunch good luck also smiled their way.

So, let’s get right down to brass tacks regarding kids and cars. The reader may be transfixed on the idea that their little darling is gentleman-or lady-like behind the wheel of any auto he or she drives, family car or kid-owned. However, almost every friend of mine back in time was just a bit, mind you, inclined to show off or test limits with near misses or actual fender benders as outcomes.  The worst instance from my teenage years was the death of a best friend who was not driving but riding in a car going too fast to negotiate a corner. That accident resulted in a head-on crash that cost him his life, as well as two other teens and the mother in the other car.

Nowadays, factor-in modern day television advertising.Recently, there was one during the Super Bowl by Chrysler-Fiat applauding the ability of their Jeep Wrangler to ford a stream at high speed, tearing up the creek bed, with possible roll over into water deep enough to drown anyone knocked unconscious by the impact. Bad form for a commercial millions of young Americans watched during the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the same company, Chrysler-Fiat, offers a TV ad where a caravan of six Challenger and six Charger cars drive at top speed on a twisty, narrow, curvy mountain highway with steep cliffs on both sides.  Are they nuts?

Not wishing to unduly criticize one car company, there are more examples of this sort of throwing caution to roadside winds among several current TV commercials for new cars exampled by Honda, Land Rover and several others. In fact, it’s unlikely the average TV viewer will get through an evening’s viewing without seeing one or more of them.  And, of course, no one needs a graduate degree in psychology to conclude that the younger set are seeing these ads and being influenced  to try the same feats of death and life-long injury caused by them.

Again, the human brain commonly does not fully mature until our species is in his and her mid-twenties.  Regarding car advertising: why don’t the car manufactures devote their profits to making commercials that don’t encourage speeding and irresponsible behaviors.  Rather, how about using as a template from the latest Alfa Romeo ad where two cars spin their wheels on an ice rink and turn thereby to display their attractive lines.  Safety features on modern cars are also nothing to sneeze at.

Most of our allies do much better than we do at establishing and maintaining community-like living conditions. Instead of looking so often to how much money can be made by selling products, it would do the American population better to consider how well we can serve each other, especially, in the matter under consideration here, the children and youth of our fellow American citizens.

Shared responsibility for the welfare of every American would likely decrease the violence in the U.S.  It would predictably also advertise products and services that show and vouchsafe their value and importance for transportation when used sanely and without harm not only for he who drives but as well for he who happens, in the instance of automobiles, is out there too and can be harmed by recklessness and negligence. Bottom line: If every American communicated his concern over advertising messages, change would come as it always has when more and more of us speak up on behalf of reforms. During our history,  Americans have accomplish great things.Why not this?

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)

Tough talk on guns gives way to reality

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS

During a February White House discussion on school safety, President Donald Trump singled out Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for not including a provision to raise the legal age to buy a long gun from 18 to 21 in a bill the senator had sponsored. “You know why?” Trump schooled Toomey, “because you’re afraid of the NRA, right?”

Last week, Trump saw his own words thrown back at him after the White House released a list of actions to improve school safety that does not include raising the legal age to purchase a long gun—a measure opposed by the National Rifle Association.

Trump had signaled his willingness to consider an increase in the age for legal purchases of long guns in response to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 dead. Such a rule could have prevented the 19-year-old shooter from buying the AR-15 he turned on students and teachers.

Instead, the White House action sheet calls for a federal commission on school safety to be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that will make recommendations in a number of areas, including “age restrictions for certain firearm purchases.”

But the action sheet did not indicate a specific age, such as 21, or stipulate which firearms a different age would apply to.

The administration also pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterated its call to improve the background check and mental health systems. However, the White House did not include the language from Toomey’s 2013 bill to expand background checks for gun shows and online sales.

Democrats were quick to pounce on Trump’s apparent retreat.

“After signaling … (that) he would be for raising the age of purchase for assault weapons from 18 to 21, a modest measure, President Trump backed off—saying he would leave it to the states and the courts to decide,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer railed.

“That’s a cop-out, and we know that,” he added. “After indicating support for universal background checks, President Trump makes no mention of closing the dangerous gun show loophole or internet sales loophole.”

A Sunday night tweet showed Trump moving away from his February statements: “On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision. Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly).”

Asked if there is anything in the action plan that the NRA does not like, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded that an age-limit increase is on the list of ideas that “will be reviewed” to see if they are best done on a federal or a state-by-state basis.

Sanders also told reporters that Trump “hasn’t backed away from these things at all.” Instead, the White House is “focused on things that (they) can do immediately.”

On March 9, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that raised the legal age to buy a long gun in the state to 21, banned bump stock devices and extended the three-day waiting period for gun purchases to include long guns. It also would allow some teachers to carry guns.

“Today should serve as an example to the entire country that government can—and must—move fast,” Scott said.

The NRA filed a lawsuit against Florida that same day. “Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to keep and bear arms,” the NRA said in a statement.

The day before the meeting with Toomey and other lawmakers, Trump told a group he had lunch with top NRA officials. “If (the NRA is) not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while,” he said. “That’s OK.”

The legal age of purchase is not as clear-cut as the recent debate suggests. Individuals ages 18-20 may purchase rifles and shotguns from a federally licensed firearms dealer, but not handguns. It also is legal for individuals ages 18-20 to possess handguns and long guns and to purchase them from unlicensed dealers.

“The only thing you cannot do at age 18 is purchase a handgun from an FFL,” or federal firearms licensed dealer, noted Ken Klukowski, an attorney with the American Civil Rights Union who used to work for the NRA.

Klukowski said he thinks Trump instinctively supports the Second Amendment, but he “starts a public discussion by just expressing out loud his initial thoughts on a matter” — thoughts that in past White Houses “would be run through layers of vetting before anything was said publicly.”

(Creators Syndicate)

Lady Celts suffer first loss

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary dug itself into a deep hole and couldn’t climb out, falling at home to Franklin 14-10 on Wednesday, March 21.

The Lady Celts got behind early as Franklin scored three runs in the top of the first, four in the second and five in the third to take a 12-3 lead entering the fourth inning.

“The girls went upstairs (in the gym) to hit to warm up and I think mentally, they were still up there,” McNary head coach Kevin Wise said. “They weren’t out here.”

The Lady Celts struggled with Franklin’s small ball approach at the plate as Franklin bunted four times in the first three innings. McNary had four infield errors, including three in the top of the third.

“Franklin kept bunting on us and we just didn’t adjust well,” Wise said. “We were making some bad throws. I didn’t feel like we were communicating well at the start either. It’s little things right now. We saw for us what we need to work on today, which was good.”

Alexa Cepeda scored McNary’s first run of the game, reaching on a single to center field in the bottom of the first and then scoring on a ground ball by Kate Ronning.

Nadia Witt added a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the second.

The Lady Celts slowly chipped away at Franklin’s lead as Witt hit a RBI single to drive home Courtney Roberts in the bottom of the fourth. Witt then scored on a throwing error.

Taylor Ebbs tripled in the fifth to bring home Ronning. Ebbs then scored on a single by Faith Danner.

In the circle, Danner held Franklin scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, allowing just two singles and a walk, as McNary went to the seventh trailing 12-7.

But Franklin added two runs in the top of the inning on a home run to left field.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Haley Bingenheimer doubled to score Ebbs and Roberts. Witt, who was 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs, then double to drive in Bingenheimer before the game ended with a ground ball to second base.

Bingenheimer was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

The Lady Celts are scheduled to host Oregon City Friday at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s such a good group of girls and they’re really talented,” Wise said. “They’re smart and they’re coachable. I think we have a lot left in us.”

McNary dominates Churchill, Cleveland

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
McNary wasn’t at full strength for its first three softball games.

It didn’t matter.

Playing a doubleheader at Churchill on Friday, March 16, the Lady Celts opened the season with a 16-6 victory in game one.

McNary then took game two 16-4.

After the series, Churchill’s pitcher, Sarah Sheppler, a senior, told McNary head coach Kevin Wise that she was trying everything, didn’t know what else to do and had never seen a team hit like that.

Without shortstop Haley Bingenheimer, who was recovering from the flu and second baseman Taylor Ebbs, who was away on a family obligation, the Lady Celts combined for 40 hits in the two games, including 10 doubles and a home run.

Catcher Courtney Roberts was 6-for-9 with five runs, three RBIs, two doubles and a home run at Churchill. Outfielder Emma Kinler went 6-for-10 with five RBIs, two runs and two doubles.

In Bingenheimer’s absence, freshman Kate Ronning moved from third to shortstop and Nadia Witt went from center field to third. Shaylee Custer, typically an outfielder, played second in place of Ebbs.

“That’s just this group this year,” Wise said. “It’s really good because they don’t care and you can put them anywhere and they’re athletic enough that they’re going to play wherever you put them.”

McNary had 83 at-bats in the two games at Churchill and no one struck out.

Faith Danner pitched all 13 innings to earn both wins.

The Lady Celts remained hot at Cleveland on Monday, March 19, winning 11-0 in five innings.

McNary recorded 13 hits, including two doubles and two triples.

Sophomore outfielder, Alexa Cepeda, was 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Nadia Witt was 2-for-4 with three runs and two stolen bases. Kinler was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs.

“The girl (Cleveland pitcher Anna Hawking) had a decent rise and an OK curve and they hit her, too,” Wise said. “I don’t think it really matters. The ball is just looking big to them right now.”

Danner pitched all five innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven batters.

Clark talks city progress at Chamber luncheon

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Getting to “yes” and thinking long-term were the two themes of Mayor Cathy Clark’s annual State of the City speech during a Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, March 13.

Clark traced the threads of both themes through recent citywide and regional events as Keizer sets itself up for answering some of the big questions that will need attention in the near future.

Clark piggybacked on the topic of the event’s first speaker, Raul Marquez, a McKay High School senior leading the charge to establish a youth homeless shelter in Salem.

Mayor Cathy Clark delivers the State of the City address during a Keizer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, March 13. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

“We don’t have a homeless people problem. We have a problem providing people services to help them out of homelessness,” Clark said, and then spoke of a recent regional effort to bring together agencies supplying services to the area’s homeless residents. “Too often these services work in isolation and this was an opportunity to bring better services and best practices to the entire network.”

Clark also sees the process of getting to “yes” in the work of the Keizer Parks Advisory Board, Keizer Police Department and the Keizer City Council as they collectively moved toward the implementation of service fees in 2017.

“Every year we’ve been looking under cushions and scraping together every penny to pay for police and parks. The city did the best they could with volunteers, grants and everything else and we reached the limit,” she said. “The Keizer City Council passed both fees in the same meeting because both are important to the people of Keizer in the long term. We got it done, we got to yes.”

She also noted the rapid changes happening along River Road North and Cherry Avenue Northeast. In addition to adding a second, dedicated grocery store, numerous other offices and restaurants have opened in Keizer recently.

“Not that long ago, we were thinking about doing an empty building tour, and now it is getting harder to find space,” Clark said. “Up and down River Road and Cherry Avenue there are new and refurbished businesses.”

She added that while Goodwill in Keizer Village will soon close, she is confident the property owner will secure a new anchor tenant soon.

Talk of the local business scene led neatly into the biggest question Keizer will have to answer to keep growing: what to do about the urban growth boundary that contains sprawl and protects agricultural land.

“We have a couple of developable spaces, but that’s it. Even if we filled all those spaces, we are 240 acres short of residential land and land for employment,” Clark said.

If Keizer chooses to add residential space, Clark wants to see space added for employment – in the form of commercial, industrial or mixed use zones – as well.

“Setting up a space for where people can only live doesn’t make for livable community. If we’re looking for volunteers, I’d rather have them here than on I-5 commuting to work,” she added.

“As You Wish” by Jude Deveraux

“As You Wish” by Jude Deveraux
c.2018, Mira
$26.99 / $33.50 Canada
416 pages

 

Book Review by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

If you could, would you take it all back?

Every misunderstanding, cross word, and cold shoulder, erased. Time wasted, retrieved. Hurtful situations never happened. Would you eliminate each of them or, as in the new novel “As You Wish” by Jude Deveraux, would you change the entire course of your life?

Olivia Montgomery had never met her two new charges.

For that matter, she hadn’t met the therapist who sent them, either.

This wasn’t her idea. Olivia’s husband, Kit, was away on business and the doctor, who owned a cottage near the Montgomery ’s new home, needed someone to escort two of her patients there for a weekend retreat. Olivia wasn’t supposed to otherwise be involved but a chaperone had dropped out at the last minute; to her annoyance, Olivia had to step in and play den mother to two strangers.

Ray was a nice guy and, as it happened, he was at the retreat to figure out if he wanted a divorce. His wife, Kathy, was clingy and he’d met someone else but he couldn’t bear to hurt Kathy’s feelings and he didn’t know what to do.

It was a different story for Elise. She arrived at the cottage with a tale of escape from a psychiatric hospital, having been institutionalized by her father and her husband, who’d almost killed her. She, too, wanted a divorce but circumstances prevented it.

Olivia was good at listening and she was willing to do that with these young people but she had her own problems, including angry memories of time wasted. Still, she almost had to get involved when Kathy showed up and Ray departed for a business meeting, leaving Kathy behind.

Suddenly, the reasoning behind this retreat felt different and Olivia began to share her deepest hurts, just as Elise and Kathy shared theirs. They all knew that the past was past but, when offered an extraordinary chance to set things right, they knew it was time to find their own, better futures…

Initially, you shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t wish to return to “As You Wish.”

Not to be prudish, but the beginning of this novel includes a lot of overfamiliarity: two of the female characters undress, for instance, and go streaking within hours of meeting one another. They then have an inappropriate conversation with a male character, who is also basically a stranger, about his sexual fantasies. This randy informality runs on and off throughout and while the girl-bonding parts fit into the story, the rest feels cringeworthy and gratuitously giggly.

Fortunately, these squirms don’t define author Jude Deveraux’s book. Once Olivia, Elise, and Kathy get over the über-lecherousness and into their narratives, readers are taken back and forth in time and there’s a delightful tale to be had, with a magical finish that’s wonderfully fantasy-inspired.

Charmed is what will happen by this books’ end, but there’s a lot of tee-hee-ing to endure first. Get past that, though, and stick around. “As You Wish” is a story for which you’ll take great pleasure.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin

Celtics get first win

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary (1-2) celebrated its first win of the season, defeating Willamette 8-5 on Friday, Match 16.

The Celtics broke the game open in the bottom of the third.

After David Allen singled and then stole second to start the inning, Ryan Thompson and Robert Benson both drew walks to load the bases with no outs.

With two strikes, Lance Becktel then drove in Allen and Thompson with a base hit to left field to give McNary a 2-0 lead.

“I was looking to stay alive in that at-bat,” Becktel said. “I was looking for anything close to RBI and I hit the ball and it lucked out for us. We’ve been waiting for this today. We really wanted it. After struggling at the plate the first two games, it felt good to finally let it all go and start hitting the ball.”

After Collin Wentworth hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Benson, Becktel scored on an infield error to stretch the lead to 4-0.

The Celtics scored two more runs in the fifth.

Allen reached on an infield single, stole second, got to third on a passed ball and then came home on a wild pitch. Thompson drew another walk and scored on a single by Benson.

“I thought we had really good base running and took advantage of some balls that were in play that they didn’t make plays on and we took some extra bases,” McNary head coach Larry Keeker said. “Scored a couple of runs on ground balls that were thrown over to first and they couldn’t complete the play and we were able to score on that. I thought our base running was pretty good.”

Willamette got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, scoring two unearned runs on four infield errors.

“Our defense needs to get better,” Keeker said. “Our pitching staff is not built to withstand a lot of free bases so we have to play good defense for us to be successful this season. We’re going to have to get better in that area. We just can’t afford that many extra base runners.”

Devon Bedoya, who transferred to McNary from Salem Academy, started on the mound in place of Kyle McCallister, who missed the game with an illness. Bedoya went five innings, allowing two hits and three walks, to earn the win.

“It was my 6A debut,” Bedoya said. “It felt nerve-racking but I kept calm and played some catch with Ty (Covalt) and Ty did a good job back there (catcher). I just stayed focus and kept rethinking what our coaches told us over and over again and cleared my mind and just worked.”

The Celtics answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth as Thompson had a RBI single.

Benson got the final six outs to finish off the Wolverines.

“We’re encouraged,” Keeker said. “I like the guys’ attitudes right now. We’re learning how to compete.”

McNary is playing in the Volcano Stadium tournament March 28-31.

The Celtics open with Aloha on March 28 at 6 p.m.

Group will celebrate Latino scholars

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Rev. Jose Dominguez was awarded a whopping $75 scholarship when he graduated from Woodburn High School in 1978. But, it wasn’t the amount of money that had the most resounding impact.

“It was the thought that somebody cared about my education. It also helped me believe that I could do it and it made me want to give back to the community,” said Dominguez at a recent Keizer City Council meeting.

Now the lead pastor of Keizer’s La Luz De Valle, Dominguez and a group of local Latino leaders is hoping to do the same thing for some soon-to-be McNary High School graduates.

“We would like to be able to present 10 to 20 ex-migrant or bilingual graduates with $100 scholarships,” Dominguez said.

The group presenting the scholarships is known as Latinos in Action Committee and its members are seeking to “manifest Latino representation in the community of Keizer on all levels of education and civic affairs.”

Dominguez, speaking as representative for the group, talked with members of the city council during its past two meetings as the group sought a waiver of rental fees and costs for a planned reception at the Keizer Civic Center. The council approved the request at its meeting Monday, March 5.

Dominguez said the members of Latinos in Action, which include City Councilor Roland Herrera, have been meeting informally for the past three years brainstorming ways to connect the Latino community with faith organizations, businesses and, especially, education.

“Most of us are ex-migrants who had to overcome huge challenges to get an education and succeed in our professions,” Dominguez said.

The scholarships are intended to further the mission of the group. Current McNary High School students can find out more about the scholarship opportunities at McNary’s College and Career Center. Donations to the scholarship fund can be dropped off at La Luz De Valle church, 606 Dearborn Avenue N.E. Donations can be made to “LAC,” which is operating under the non-profit designation of the church for the time being.

The first Latino Recognition Scholarship Reception is slated for Thursday, May 10, at the Keizer Civic Center.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate them overcoming challenges and socioeconomic barriers to graduation,” Dominguez said.