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Day: September 1, 2018

Business changes abound in Keizer

Of the Keizertimes

Coat of Arms Firearms & Cerakoting will take the place of the recently-closed Keizer Appliance at 4190 River Road N.

The shop currently has a small storefront on Cherry Avenue Northeast.

Owner Christopher Lord applied to the Marion County Building Inspection Department to convert the shop in July. Renovations are expected to total about $3,000.

Several other recent permit applications portend changes up and down River Road and throughout Keizer.

Delaney Madison Grill will not be returning to the space it occupied on Staats Lake. Owner James Marshall closed down the restaurant in the spring and expected to reopen with a new menu, but ended up selling the building to Oregon Ministry Network in June.

“I have been in the business 46 years and I labored greatly over this decision.  I have mixed emotions. I live a mile from the restaurant and my twin girls graduated from McNary the same day the restaurant sold,” Marshall said. “We love Keizer and we were proud to be a part of the business community. I am not sure what I will do moving forward. I am completely open to a new opportunity in or out of the restaurant business.”

Oregon Ministry Network is planning a $300,000 renovation to the building according to a permit application submitted in July.

Keizer Permanente was issued a permit in July to build a new 17,000-square-foot shell on property located near its current offices in Keizer Station. It is expected to be a dental office.

The cost of the project was estimated at $2.1 million.

According to a permit issued last month, one of three storefronts in an industrial building at 3585 Cherry Avneue N.E. will become the site of a marijuana growing operation. Owner Gordon Hagglund was iosued a permit to convert the facility, valued at $12,500.

The former Roth’s location will be getting a new roof in the near future.

In public properties, the city of Keizer was issued its permit to construct public restrooms at Keizer Rapids Park. It will be the first facility of its kind in a Keizer park. Cost is estimated at approximately $55,000.

Finally, the Salem-Keizer School District has been issued a permit for $3.7 million in renovations at Gubser Elementary School. The work is the result of a bond measure that gained voter approval in May. Changes include additional classrooms and a dedicated cafeteria.

One tough Medford: McNary no match for Black Tornado’s toughness

Of the Keizertimes

McNary talked about toughness all offseason.

But when it lined up right in front of them in the first game of the 2018 season, the Celtics simply weren’t ready.

Running the ball right at McNary’s defense from the opening whistle, North Medford racked up 572 yards of total offense on its way to a 55-27 rout.

Senior Elias Spence did most of the damage, carrying the ball 26 times for 342 yards and five touchdowns.

“They just came out and took it to us as far as their level of contact,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of North Medford. “We had not brought that on each other. We did not see that at the jamboree. They just did a great job. They were flying all over the place, driving through on contact and we didn’t know what hit us. They were aggressive and we did not handle it very well, obviously.”

McNary didn’t have the same success on the ground. Junior Walling was held to 29 yards on 11 carries. Robert Benson gained 21 yards on five caries.

The Celtics did most of their damage in the air, especially as the game got out of hand.

Starting quarterback Erik Barker completed 14 of 24 passed for 187 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. His favorite receiver, Noah Bach, caught nine passes for 60 yards, and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

Jacob Jackson caught three passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Griffin Oliveira had five receptions for 64 yards.

Trailing 55-14 with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter, senior quarterback Ryan Bamford came in relief and led the Celtics to two rushing touchdowns, including a 1-yard dive to complete the scoring with 2:16 remaining.

The schedule won’t get any easier for McNary in week two as the Celtics travel to West Linn on Friday, Sept. 7.

“We’d like to fix our toughness issues at the moment,” Auvinen said. “They (North Medford) just out-toughed us. We’re working on running our feet through contact, both offensively and defensively. Work on every aspect because none of the three aspects were very good tonight. We didn’t play well defensively obviously but we didn’t play well offensively and our special teams wasn’t very good. That just comes down to them playing a heck of a lot harder than we did.”