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Month: July 2018

Vandals bound for Junior Olympics

Of the Keizertimes

The NW Vandals captured a state softball championship on their way to the Junior Olympics.

Playing in Medford, the Vandals defeated Bat Company 8-3 on July 8 to win the 14U title.

The Vandals had lost 2-1 to Bat Company earlier in the day. But since the Vandals were previously undefeated in the double elimination tournament, they got another shot at bringing home the championship.

“I think we came out a little flat in the first game and their pitcher was throwing really well,” said Vandals second baseman Abbi Covalt, a sophomore at McNary High School. “She had a good fastball and she was getting us out on changeups. They switched pitchers in the second game and I think we were just a little bit angry in the second one from losing. We wanted to come out with a different fire and leave no doubt that we wanted it more.”

The Vandals scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second to jump out to a 6-1 lead.

Covalt was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.

Reagan Davis was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and scored two runs.

Mackenzie Scott went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and scored two runs.

“Balls just dropped,” assistant coach Jeff Covalt said. “We hit a lot of balls hard right at people in the first game. I think the second game those balls just got through.”

Kamden Combs pitched all seven innings of the championship game to earn the win.

Although they averaged more than 12 hits a game, the Vandals didn’t start the state tournament on fire.

Falling behind 5-2 in the first inning and then 9-4 after three, the Vandals had to score three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to edge Sandy Thunder 11-9 on July 6.

“It was our first game of the tournament and I think we were just getting loose and ready for the weekend,” said Abbi, who was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and scored two runs in the comeback. “It was stressful.”

Kami Gibson hit a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Maison Searle was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

The Vandals won their next two games 13-5 and 13-6.

They are one of 26 teams invited to the Junior Olympics on 23-28 in St. Louis.

“The first team we play has two girls committed D-I already,” coach Covalt said. “The competition will be really high. It would be great to see us just go out and play well. If we can go .500 there, that’s probably a pretty good day for our club. You’re playing some of the best teams in the country.”

Most of the team, which along with Covalt, Scott, Davis, Combs, Gibson and Searle,  includes Payron Burnham, Kiani Nakamura, Carley Schlag, Bella Fleener, Jade Beaumont, Aliah Wilsey and Ruby Earhart, came together four years ago under the guidance of head coach Marie Scott.

The girls previously played with the Oregon Titans before blazing their own path this summer as the NW Vandals.

“It was just a good time for us to venture out,” coach Covalt said. “The Titans were great to us. The Titans are a great organization. They’re really good people. We just had an opportunity to kind of start our own thing and chart our own path. We had a really good team right now so we had a chance to play in some big tournaments. We had hoped we’d do well and have some buzz around the girls and it was a good opportunity for us to take that last step and do our own thing.”

The Vandals will hold tryouts for next season at South Salem High School on Aug. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to field 14A and 16A softball teams. The Vandals are also starting a baseball program.

For more information or to register online, go to

Vigil gathers community to support search for mother

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One year after Cynthia Martinez Perez of Woodburn went missing from a Keizer night club, family friends and complete strangers gathered on Monday, July 16 at Chalmers Jones Park for a candlelight vigil.

“She’s always in our hearts and minds and prayers,” said Angelica Castillo, Cynthia’s mother. “We miss her, we love her, we need her back. We want to keep Cynthia’s name going to where she does not get forgotten and knows how much we love her.”

The vigil was planned by a Keizer woman who never met Martinez Perez but related to her story.

“I live in Keizer and I’m a single mom of three,” Rebecca said. “I can’t imagine my three children laying their head (down) every night not knowing where I was. I want to give her children those answers. I want to find their mother and what happened to her. I’m her voice. She’s still out there somewhere and we need to let her children know where she is.”

Martinez Perez’s family and close friends were blown away by the comfort they’ve received from strangers like Rebecca.

“I just really want to thank the community for coming together and doing all of this for people that you guys didn’t even know to begin with,” Cielo Larios said. “I would like to thank the Hispanic community as well, just thousands of people have come together with prayers, with just a bunch of gifts for the kids. At the end of the day it’s about Cynthia and the kids and it’s amazing how strangers have done this. It’s very honoring to know that we have such a strong community that comes together in times like these and we want to thank everybody who’s prayed, who’s shown up, who’s even thought about her coming back.”

Lou Sumetz, a former co-worker of Cynthia’s mom, was inspired by Castillo’s faith.

“I’ve been a Christian for many years but to watch her walk through this darkness that she’s been walking through, has truly been an inspiration to me,” Sumetz said. “Angie and I know that God has Cynthia in the palm of his hand and God is faithful and no matter what the outcome is God is still in control.”

All who spoke asked for anyone who had any information regarding Martinez Perez to come forward.

“She wouldn’t stop fighting so we’re not going to stop fighting for her,” one friend said. “Share the story. When you wake up and look at your beautiful babies, hug them and remember Cynthia.”

Birthday cake was served. Martinez Perez turned 27 on Friday, July 13.

Candles were then lit as the sun went down.

Martinez Perez, a mother of four, disappeared after leaving Tequila Nights Bar and Grill about 2:30 a.m. on July 16, 2017.

In addition to a Crime Stoppers of Oregon reward of up to $2,500, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now offering a reward of up to $8,000 for information related to her disappearance.  Martinez Perez was last seen leaving the Keizer club with two Hispanic males in a blue 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan. The minivan has since been located by investigators.

Investigators have identified both men. One of them, 30-year old Jaime Alvarez-Olivera, is a person of interest in the disappearance. Alvarez-Olivera was last thought to reside in the Woodburn area, however investigators have not been able to determine exactly where he resided or with whom prior to July 16, 2017. He was last known to be employed locally as a laborer who harvested berries. Identifying his residence or individuals he lived or worked with, or who may have known or associated with him could be important to the ongoing investigation.

Keizer’s most spoiled child

There will be many excuses concocted and deployed for the Keizer City Council’s actions this week in letting Keizer Little League (KLL) off the hook for more than $13,000 it owes the complex at Keizer Little League Park. Keizer residents should be skeptical of them.

In May, it became public knowledge that KLL withheld more than $12,000 it owed the complex from concession sales. On Monday, the public learned that the city manager knew KLL had been withholding the payment for at least the five previous months in hopes of having its contract for managing the park retroactively adjusted to permit keeping those revenues.

Attendees at the city council meeting Monday, July 16, also learned that the concession money wasn’t the only money KLL had been withholding from the park complex. KLL owed more than $15,000 in tournament revenue and slot fees for field usage by KLL teams.

In total, KLL owed the complex more than $28,000 from the 2017 season. In response, the city council wiped out the amount due from the concession stand in exchange for recouping the slightly higher slot fees and a tepid caution against letting a similar situation arise in the future. One councilor even offered to let them off scot-free. Fortunately, slightly-more-sensible minds prevailed.

In short, KLL blackmailed the complex (that the city owns) for the forgiveness of one debt to pay back another debt to the same entity. City leaders allowed it to happen. This should not sit well with anyone in Keizer.

It would be disingenuous to suggest that Keizer residents got nothing else out of its agreement with the organization; KLL families and board members have gone to great lengths to care for and improve the facilities in recent years. But the organization also had a contract with the city to ensure money generated at the park was reinvested in the park. Whether the group violated that contract through ignorance or oversight is beside the point. Knowing they had a contract with the city of Keizer, and thereby all of its residents, should have prompted every single member of the KLL board of directors to read and make certain they were following the agreement to the letter.

These actions by KLL and city council are galling, but city councilors doubled down on it by granting KLL’s wish to retroactively amend the facility management contract to allow the managing organization to keep half of the concession revenue and all tournament revenue going forward.

At the very least, the council should have kept the contract – as it was originally written – in place until KLL leaders proved that they could be trusted to act in good faith. Instead, the organization will suffer no true consequence for what amounts to a successful blackmail scheme. It’s hard to fathom any other situation in the public realm when such tactics would be countenanced. At a time when faith in government is diminished at best, decisions such as this serve to fan the flames of discontent. For Keizer, specifically, it will make residents more skeptical of fees implemented in 2017 to cover the costs of police and public safety.

Moreover, last week, a member of the KLL board told members of the Keizer Parks Advisory Board last week that he plans to request another matching grant from the city to fund more improvements at KLL Park. The editorial board of this paper strongly suggests members of the parks board think long and hard about whether to approve it.

The parks board has approved $20,000 in matching funds for improvements – that came out of the city’s general fund – during the past three years. Adding to that sum will only embolden the bad actors of the KLL board who are trading on nostalgia as much as actual interest in the services they offer. It should not be the role of the volunteer parks board members to dole out repercussions when the city’s elected and paid officials fail to do their job, but the Parks Advisory Board is now the only municipal group left with an opportunity to send a message that KLL’s actions are not acceptable.

The old adage of sparing the rod and spoiling the child isn’t one that this paper’s editors are fond of, but the success of KLL’s brattish and brutish ways are prompting us to reconsider that stance.

—Editorial Board

Legislator’s day jobs

From the Capitol

I often use this space to bring to you information about the legislature and the process that goes on in that body. What is not spoken of very often in Oregon is what legislators do when we are not in legislative session. Considering we only meet for approximately six months in the odd numbered years and 35 days or so in the even numbered years, we truly are a “part time” legislature with “citizen” legislators.

Many legislators are retired professionals; others are doctors, police officers, teachers and many are attorneys who can return to their practices during the interim period. For those of us who work another job, it’s a time to go back to our places of employment. I’ve met many people in House District 25 that actually didn’t know this about our legislature. In my case, I am a lifelong radio/TV broadcaster and I have returned to that in a limited fashion. I do voiceover work, write commercials and other broadcasting related tasks. Still, even though we each go back to our regular jobs, retirement, law practices, we are legislators.

Though we are part time legislators, most of us treat it as a full time job. Summer is the one time when many legislators take a break and enjoy time with family and friends and try to stay out of the political arena and take a breather. And I think that’s a good thing for Oregonians. We do answer phone messages, emails and letters to our offices and for those of us in the House, this interim is devoted to campaigns (the senators are elected to four-year terms, the representatives to two-year terms). As for what I do during the interim, as stated, I do a lot of media related jobs and campaign for reelection, help others in their campaigns yet still find time to write potential legislation for the next full session which comes in January 2019.

I meet constituents both in district and in my office at the Capitol. I go on many tours around the state to see what issues are important to Oregon and more specifically, House District 25. I utilize our Legislative Counsel, who are the attorneys who work for the legislature, by asking them for opinions on various topics. Just recently in Keizer, we had the issue of the shooting range across the river in Polk County that is affecting residents on the Keizer side of the river. I attended a meeting in Polk County as well as wrote letters to the owners of the property, the Polk and Marion County Commissioners and the Polk and Marion County Sheriffs. I used opinions from Legislative Counsel to help me with that. During the interim I also spent time studying the pressing issues of Oregon and in my case, the issues that affect this district the most: agriculture. I intend to again submit legislation to assist and protect our valuable farms and dairies in District 25. I will have more news on those as we move toward January.

All in all, though it’s a part time job being a legislator, as you can see the job never ends when the gavel falls.  As always, I am honored and privileged to serve you as your State Representative in Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg and thank you for the opportunity.

(Bill Post represents House Dis- trict 25. He can be reached at 503- 986-1425 or via email at rep. bil- [email protected]

Walton (Wally) Edward Curtis

January 6, 1943 – July 11, 2018

On July 11, 2018, Walton (Wally) Edward Curtis went home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer.  In addition to being a wonderful husband, dad, and papa, Wally was a man of integrity who loved God, his family, photography and fishing.  He will be greatly missed.

W. Curtis

Following  retirement from the Oregon State Commission for the Blind, where he worked for 28 years, Wally spent much of his time on the two of the things he loved most… his grandchildren, and photography.   He had a gift of being able to see and capture the extraordinary beauty of God’s world through the eye of his camera. Many of his photos may be viewed at

Wally leaves behind Carolyn, his beloved wife of fifty years, three children and their spouses:

Jennifer Hanson (Tim), Janelle Booth (Jon), and Mark Curtis (Joani), six grandchildren, and two sisters.  He is predeceased by his parents and three brothers.

Charitable contributions in Wally’s memory may be made to Hope Pregnancy Center, 2630 Market St NE, Salem, OR  97301

A special thank you to Willamette Valley Hospice, Michelle D. Anthony, ANP, and the oncology staff at Skyline Medical Center. Arrangements by Restlawn Funeral Home

Craig Larry Stallings

February 18, 1974 – June 29, 2018

Craig Larry Stallings, of Keizer, Oregon, born February 18,1974, in Salem Oregon to Larry and Marsha Stallings, passed away on June 29, 2018 at the age of 44.

C. Stallings

Craig was married to Jennifer Stallings. He was preceded in death by his father Larry Stallings; grandmother Shirley Stallings; and grandfathers, William Lonnie Stallings and William Troth.

Craig is survived by his wife Jennifer, son Brady and daughter Rian. Parents Marsha Stallings, Evangeline Compton, Stanley Compton and Dave Walery, sister Kristina Compton-Gonzalez (Ricardo Gonzalez) great grandfather Charles Compton and grandmother Edna Troth.

Craig graduated from McNary High School in 1992 and worked at Walery’s Premium Pizza for 22 years. In November 2011, he became a stay at home father and took on the roll of teacher by homeschooling their daughter Rian.

Craig was a devoted and loving husband and father. No matter what his children or wife did in life he was and will always be their biggest fan! He never missed a moment in our lives and was present every step of the way. He was always there to help guide us through any decision in life and to lend an ear without judgement.

Craig cherished the talks he shared with Brady. Loved taking Rian to the pool and was always front and center never missing a single practice or cheer competition. Craig was not only my best-friend, but the love of my life. He will forever be in our hearts and we will miss him every second of every minute, until we see him again.

A private celebration of Craig’s life will be held.

Nothing wrong with the middle

There’s a need in our country for compromise and mutual consideration by the leaders in Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation, to bring about the changes and set an exemplary example. Such an effort could calm the storms that rage across the nation.

Both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have mutually done much to rile and upset those on the opposite side of the aisle.   At the risk of sounding partisan, the first look in this piece is focused on the Republicans as they at present have a slim majority in the U.S. Senate with a somewhat wider margin in the House. The GOP holds sway in the White House and Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the giant chasm between the wealthy and those with limited means has grown wider and deeper with the near-extinction of the moderating influence of the middle class.  The middle class in the last century served as a highly flexible social organ because the poor, through education and opportunity, could move into it while those Americans who greatly succeeded at their endeavors could move into the ranks of Americans with considerable means but not, as now, with excessive wealth.

However, with the middle class diminished and the 1 percent of rich American numbers enhanced, those with the money and power have gone exclusive and sought more money and power by eliminating controls on their spending for like-minded political candidate choices while simultaneously having succeeded to elect their people by denying others of lesser means their vote.  Then, too, most recently, by a Supreme Court decision that denied organized labor the ability to financially compete with them.

It appears likely that reactive conservatives will number 5, pro-active progressives 4. Hence, the Supreme Court of the United States will become demagogic, partisan and one-sided.  Every decision by the Supreme Court will be predictable and foreordained, and likely to result in more deep national fractures.  Some examples of what’s about to happen to cause ever deeper and wider divides can be identified already, that is, women’s rights gone, environmental controls abolished, the nation’s wealth to the few by taxation law, only Norwegians granted immigration, no more Muslims, and the Affordable Care Act dead.

While only 1 percent of the American population are among the nation’s multi-millionaires and billionaires, the remaining 321 million citizens often finding it a struggle to make ends meet, continue nevertheless to support the tiny wealthy minority who have become notorious for their self-centeredness and relentless unwillingness to bring their fellow citizens to even a wage-earning level that provides access to financial security at present and a respectable retirement later.

The logical thing by those who’ve already been left to pick up crumbs is to see to it by voting and sending their representatives to  D.C. and Salem who will work to see to it that more Americans have the opportunity to achieve wages and benefits that begin once again to establish and maintain this democratic republic’s anchor and stabilizer, the middle class.  When a significant percentage of the population is unwilling to fight for their future and that of their children, then consequent generations will predictably live more like their ancestors in the Middle Ages than the former middle class.

One more thought begs consideration.  “Make America Great Again” was the catchy slogan that appealed to a whole lot of voters in the 2016 presidential contest.  However, to date, what “America” in that slogan has meant is that the vast majority in millions of Americans who seek the American Dream are no better off; rather, those multi-millionairs before January, 2017,  by the new federal tax law, and other Trump administration advantages, have become billionaires.

(Gene H. McIntyre shares his opinion each week in the Keizertimes.)

Holiday edges Cambridge

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Two points.

That is all that decided Holiday’s swim meet at Cambridge on Thursday, July 12 with the Keizer neighborhood pool coming out on top, 261-259.

On one of the hottest days of the year, Holiday’s girls led the team to victory, winning seven relays (8-and-under, 9-10, 11-12 and 15-18 freestyle; and 8-and-under, 9-10 and 11-12 medley) to outscore Cambridge 146-106.

Individually, Kassy Winters and Kyra Norstrom each won three events. Winters took first in the 15-18 IM, free and butterfly. Norstrom won the 11-12 IM, free and fly.

Maggie Gerig and Claire Hicks swam the fastest times in the 8-and-under fly and breaststroke, respectively.

Emery Love won the 11-12 backstroke and Erika Robinett placed first in the 11-12 breaststroke.

Tessa Talento and Emma Privratsky swam the fastest times in the 15-18 backstroke and breaststroke, respectively.

Holiday’s boys won five relays—the 11-12 free and the 8-and-under, 9-10, 11-12 and 15-18 medley.

Jack McCarty took first in the 15-18 breaststroke and butterfly.

Holiday won three 8-and-under events—Jacob Castronova in the breaststroke, Ozzy Arnold in the butterfly and Michael Hudgins in the IM.

Vinny Arnold took first in the 9-10 free, Josh Oliver won the 11-12 breaststroke and Carter Hollis swam the fastest time in the 13-14 fly.

Tony Gonzalez won the 15-18 backstroke.

Northview Terrace beat Jan Ree 300-240 on Thursday, July 12.

Individual winners from Northview include girls: Ally Castaneda 8-and-under IM, butterfly, and breaststroke; Carly Castaneda 8-and-under freestyle; Taylor Sponable 8-and-under backstroke; Izzy Kilby 9-10 butterfly; Kara Everitt 11-12 backstroke; Jana Everitt 11-12 breaststroke; Lily Snyder 15-18 butterfly.

Northview girls won 9-10 medaly and free relays and 11-12 free relay.

Northview boy winners were: Nick Kosiewicz 8-and-under IM, backstroke and breaststroke; Connor Price 8-and-under freestyle and butterfly; Cole Pedersen 9-10 freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke; Carson Smith 9-10 backstroke; Zach Kilby 11-12 IM, freestyle and butterfly; Dominic Snyder 11-12 backstroke and breaststroke; Kaden Chanthalangsy 13-14 backstroke; Jeremy Becker 13-14 IM, freestyle and butterfly; Cole Garland 15-18 IM, freestyle; Alex Kosiewicz 15-18 breaststroke.

Boys won 13-14 and 15-18 medley and free relays and 9-10 free relay.

More than soldiers: Living history buffs dive deep into roles

Sanitary Commission

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When Nancy Makey took a basket-weaving class in North Carolina three years ago, she expected it to be one of those things that she dallied in a few times and then never attempted again.

She couldn’t have been more wrong. While talking with visitors about her roles as part of the Northwest Civil War Council that hosted its annual living history days at Powerland Heritage Park last week, Makey threaded rattan the whole time.

“In January, I went on a basket retreat in Washington where I learned to weave sweetgrass from a sixth generation descendant of the Gullah. She and her mother both have baskets in the Smithsonian,” Makey said. “She was surprised when I said I wanted to learn the oldest techniques she knew so I could show people during re-enactments.”

The Gullahs are descendants of slaves brought to the U.S. to grow and harvest rice. After slavery was abolished, the men turned to basketweaving as a way to provide for their families and, eventually, it morphed into a family-wide activity.

Basket-making is almost a sideshow to Makey’s main role in the Union encampment. She regularly portrays a member of the U.S. Sanitary Commission.  She found her role after her husband, Gary, decided to pursue tinsmithing.

“Some of the wealthier civilians were reading the writing of Florence Nightengale and they were sure that the U.S. Government was going to make the same mistakes that the British government did during the Crimean War. But, by golly, they were going to straighten out the government,” Makey said.

Members of the group that became the commission argued with President Abraham Lincoln for recognition that finally came on June 9, 1861.

“The men started inspecting the camps and would write long reports and submit them to commanders. But, they found that the camps that abided by the recommendations were cleaner and the men were healthier,” Makey said.

At the same time, the women in the group were making bandages and lint to supply the front lines while taking note of other supplemental efforts.

“Communities would try to send things to their soldiers. They would pack railroad cars full of supplies, including leftovers from last night’s dinner. All the glass containers broke and the cars would get sidetracked for two or three weeks. They would open the cars and they wrote that the smell was overwhelming. This time period was smelly to begin with,” Makey said.

The Sanitary Commission created a collection and distribution system that started out filling the needs of soldiers on the battlefield and morphed into supporting the hospitals working with injured soldiers.

The sanitary commission also turned the idea of fundraising on its ear. They held Sanitary Fairs that started out earning just shy of $100,000 and finished earning more than $1 million when the last one was held.

“By the end of the war, the Sanitary Commission raised more $4 million and collected and distributed more than $60 million of goods and services,” Makey said. The U.S. Sanitary Commission was disbanded in 1866.

The group also kept a meticulous record of what worked and didn’t during its brief existence, which came into play for another organization about 15 years later.

“Clara Barton took what she learned from the International Red Cross and the U.S. Sanitary Commission and created the American Red Cross,” Makey said.


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Five years ago, Doug Odell’s wife asked him if he’d like to take the family camping. What he didn’t know at the time was that it would be under white canvas tents while wearing wool.

“At the time, my daughters were drawn to living history portrayals and my wife had brought them out here while I was on a business trip to check out the Northwest Civil War Council’s Fourth of July activities. When they came out, I think she already had it in her mind to sign us up,” Odell said.

Five years later, Odell’s daughters are in the process of leaving the nest, but he still turned out last week to cook for the 69th New York Infantry Regiment.

Odell embraced the re-enacting scene with such gusto that he has a two personas he performs with some regularity. In Oregon, he’s the camp cook. In Washington, where he travels to perform under a reciprocity agreement, he’s a newspaperman. As a stay-at-home dad and author, both roles are equally fitting to some part of his modern-day persona.

Odell takes great care to make meals for his “pards” in line with what would have been served during the Civil War, but it comes down to two things: “If I have fire and water, I can make just about anything, but I research what it was that they ate and combine it with what we know about germ theory.”

One of the mainstays is Odell’s version of hardtack, complete with caraway seeds to represent the weevils that got into the recipe during the Civil War era. Hardtack is biscuit made of flour and water with an extraordinarily long shelf-life. Some versions are barely edible while Odell’s is softer on the tooth and more tasty.

“I love cooking for this group because it brings us together as a club and community,” Odell said.


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Regina Smith started at the top when it came to portraying living history with the Northwest Civil War Council.

“My first role was Mary Todd Lincoln,” said Smith who traveled from Nevada to take part in the annual living history days at Powerland Heritage Park last week.

Over the past 18 years, Smith has dabbled in several of the trades of the time period, but one stands out above the rest: painting reproductions of fashion plates that appeared in Godey’s Lady’s Book.

Godey’s was like the women’s magazine of the day,” Smith said. “Each issue had patterns for clothes or crochet patterns and each had a hand-painted fashion plate bound into them.”

The Lady’s Book, which was published from 1830 until 1878, also included poetry, sheet music, articles, engravings, popular romance stories and contributions from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe and

Nathaniel Hawthorne. But, it was the hand-painted fashion plates that make each issue truly unique.

“They were done with watercolors and then bound in the catalog and published. It’s possible that no two are exactly alike because each woman would have had a different set of colors,” Smith said.

The publisher, Louis A. Godey, enlisted women who worked from home to color the plates at a cost of about $8,000 per issue. At it’s peak, the magazine had 150,000 subscribers – subscriptions were $3 per year – but lost about a third of its readership during the Civil War because Godey refused to acknowledge the unrest between the Union and Confederacy in the pages of The Lady’s Book.

Smith said her interest in the process by which the book was published arose out of a conversation among fellow re-enactors about the trades and activities that got less notice during living history events.

“I can’t sketch, but I can color,” said Smith.


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Summer 2018 is Bob Wetter’s 26th season participating in Civil War reenactments, a hobby he began in the Midwest and continued after moving to Oregon six years ago.

Wetter started reenactment work as a field soldier. But recently, “I just decided I’m too old for that,” and began working with a reenactment hospital unit, alongside his wife, who filled the role of head nurse.

“I started out as hospital steward, learned the ropes, assisted with some surgeries during non-presentations,” he said.

Wetter can speak in depth about bone saws throughout the ages. “One of the things I had was four capital amputation saws from four different periods in time. The quiz was to put them in order, oldest to newest. It was surprising how many people couldn’t really do it.”

The trick, he said, is to look at the handle. Civil War-era bone saws have wooden handles, because they didn’t know the importance of sterilization in medical practice and didn’t realize that wood holds bacteria. Later bone saws have metal handles, which can be sterilized.

Wetter emphasizes how few Civil War deaths were the result of battlefield casualties. “Of the 750,000-plus soldiers, sailors and marines who died during the Civil War, two-thirds of them died from disease,” Wetter said.

Even though interest is waning in the era, Wetter said it’s still important to understand our nation’s history. “We’re here to remind people of what it was like to be in the 1860s,” he said.

Temporary ceasefire: Range owner halts shooting for time being

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The owner of a gun range has agreed to temporarily halt firearms shooting at his quarry across the Willamette River that has resulted in bullets traveling into west Keizer.

Through attorneys, Lance Davis, owner of River Bend Sand & Gravel, also agreed to give 10 days notice before resuming shooting range activities, but that isn’t good enough for Tom Bauer, whose wife was narrowly missed when a bullet penetrated the walls of his home and came to rest in his kitchen on June 2.

“I’m sure it’s a great family, but he or the people who have been shooting there have been making mistake after mistake,” Bauer told the Polk County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday, July 10. “I don’t want 10 days notice to start worrying again. This is not a question of if, it’s a matter of when something bad happens.”

Nearly two dozen Keizer residents made the journey to Dallas, and a handful provided testimony to the commissioners and requested action. Prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting, a group of more than 50 west Keizer residents met in Sunset Park on Thursday, July 5, to discuss their strategy moving forward.

Citing several past incidents of bullets being recovered on the east side of the river, Keizerite Shirley DeShon told commissioners that fears are on the rise.

“When they start shooting, everyone runs in the house like it’s a war zone. I’ve had it and we’re all done with this stuff. There was no action until Tom’s wife was almost hit,” DeShon said.

Keizer residents also took issue with an assessment from Polk County Sheriff Mark Garton that shooting can be done safely on the site with proper precautions and safety measures.

“There is no safe direction to shoot over there. Most guns shoot at least one mile and average about two miles,” said Rhonda Rich.

It’s estimated that the bullet that hit the Bauer residence flew about 3,300 feet.

William George, who once found a bullet between his home and his neighbors’ said that the problem with the quarry shooting range is that it gives the perception of isolation when it’s not.

“You’ve got to be safe and there is no way a cottonwood is going to stop those bullets,” George said.

Shelly Griffin said she and her husband didn’t report an incident that sent her husband and a friend commando crawling back to their home around 2010.

“We had the attitude that nobody cares because it’s been going on for years. It doesn’t have to happen, and it’s not the appropriate place. I encourage you to come over and see how close the range is in proximity to people,” Griffin said.

Keizer City Attorney Shannon Johnson requested that Polk County commissioners hold off on taking action until Keizer makes a formal statement, but Commissioner Mike Ainsworth offered vocal support of Keizerites’ pleas repeatedly throughout the meeting.

“This has irritated me from the beginning. I’m not opposed to people shooting guns, but there has to be some common sense,” Ainsworth said.

Commissioner Craig Pope was more reserved in his assessment and wanted to deploy the right solution.

“We have life-threatening issues around us all day every day and a lot of bad behavior goes on. Everyone from Keizer drove here on a highway,” Pope said. “If it is in fact a shooting range, it’s illegal. If I were that landowner, I would have stopped this years ago. I’m grateful that you have banded together. It moves the issue a lot further than we could have done alone.”

DA laments late recognition of shooting range dangers

Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton told members of the Polk County Board of Commissioners and nearly two dozen Keizer neighbors that he wished he had known sooner about gun range activities taking place in his jurisdiction that put lives at risk.

“Living in that environment, I wish I had heard sooner and I wish I could have been involved sooner,” Felton said. “You have the support of my office and advising from the government standpoint in terms of criminal risks going forward. I don’t want you to feel like you are doing this on your own.”

Felton said he first became aware of the hazards created by a quarry being used as a shooting range when four men were cited for reckless endangering in June after a bullet fired from the quarry penetrated a Keizer home and only stopped when it hit a granite kitchen backsplash.

The quarry is located across the Willamette River from Keizer but two incidents in the past year have ignited fears in area residents. The first was in September 2017 when a hail of bullets strafed through trees in Sunset Park along the river, the second was the June incident.

Felton’s office dismissed the charges against the four men allegedly using the shooting range at the time of the June incident and was taken to task for the decision by Keizer residents and Commissioner Mike Ainsworth of the Polk County Board of Commissioners for letting the suspects off the hook.

“I think it’s BS that you didn’t prosecute it,” said Ainsworth. “If I had lived over there, I would have been upstairs beating on the doors (Note: the commissioners meetings take place in the Polk County Courthouse). At least you would have been showing good faith,” Ainsworth said. “ I don’t care if it was positive prosecution or not, going through the process would have sent a message.”

Felton said the standard for prosecuting the men in connection with the incident was higher than the one sheriff’s deputies needed for issuing the citations. Police officers need probable cause to issue a citation, but attorneys need to prove the facts of a case beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone of a crime.

Felton said that proving the case would have required the men to knowingly disregard the possibility that they were placing others in danger.

“There was physical barriers, vegetation and berms. Given the facts, we couldn’t prove they knew the homes were on the other side,” Felton said.

‘Cease and Desist’ — Polk County orders shooting to stop 

A code enforcement officer for Polk County has notified the owner of a quarry across the Willamette River that he must apply for a conditional permit or stop using the space as a shooting range for friends and family.

“You must cease and desist the firearms range use or obtain a land use permit from Polk County,” wrote Jerry Jackson, a code enforcement officer in a letter dated June 18. “Continued violation will result in the issuance of a citation and, upon conviction, a fine.”

The letter was addressed to Lance Davis, the owner of River Bend Sand & Gravel, where shooting has taken place for a number of years. Copies of the letter were distributed to Polk County Commissioners and attendees at a public meeting in Dallas on Tuesday, July 10. Jackson said he visited the site in response to a complaint stemming from a bullet being fired from an AR-15 that penetrated the exterior walls of a Keizer home and stopped two feet away from one of the residents when it hit a granite backsplash in a kitchen.

Four men were ticketed for reckless endangerment, but the charges were dismissed (see related story DA laments late recognition).

Jackson observed “targets are placed on top (of a berm) that would allow projectiles to leave the property in the direction of the (Keizer) neighborhood.”

The property is currently zoned as exclusive farm use, which does not include shooting ranges or firearms training facilities. If the shooting range had been permitted before 1995, it might have been grandfathered in, but Jackson said a review of records found no such permit and is therefore in violation of public nuisance codes.