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UPDATES: Salem-Keizer budget committee to meet

May 3, 2021 at 6:13pm

Tree in Geer Park planted in remembrance of Covid victims

A Holly Oak planted at Geer Park to remember lives lost to Covid. (Courtesy/ Bobbie Snead)

Visitors to Geer Park will now be greeted by a memorial, one that commemorates the lives lost to Covid.

“In the wake of sorrow, we find our strength together in knowing that our loved ones are in our hearts forever,” a plaque in front of a Holly Oak tree reads.

The Garden Angels, a landscape design firm headquartered in Salem, was awarded a grant through Columbia Bank and used the funds to design a memorial for Covid victims.

Elizabeth Powers, principal designer with The Garden Angels, said they chose Geer Park because it’s centrally located and serves a diverse community of parkgoers.  

“We know this young park will grow with our city. The Holly Oak (Quercus ilex) is a sturdy and drought-resistant evergreen tree with holly-like leaves, a symbol of everlasting life, ever reminding us of those souls lost in the pandemic,” she said in a statement. 

-Saphara Harrell

May 3, 2021 at 3:27pm

"Feed the Tuba" campaign launches to benefit wind ensemble, Salem food banks

Chris and Alicia Rasmussen of Hear No Evil Hi-Fi Sound & Image post with the tuba that's traveling to Salem businesses to raise money for Salem Symphonic Winds and Marion Polk Food Share (Courtesy/Salem Symphonic Winds)

Spot a tuba at a Salem business? You can drop in cash or a check to help local food banks and support musicians.

Salem Symphonic Winds and Marion Polk Food Share have launched a fundraising campaign called “Feed the Tuba, Feed the Hungry, Feed Your Soul." A tuba is making the rounds to collect donations, starting at Hear No Evil Hi-Fi Sound & Image, 2290 Commercial St. NE.

Proceeds will be shared between the two organizations as Salem Symphonic Winds prepares to resume live performances, and the Food Share continues seeing high demand.

Toni Skelton, vice chair of the Symphonic Winds board, said the campaign will likely continue through mid-summer. Salem residents can check on the tuba's whereabouts on the group's Facebook page.

-Rachel Alexander

May 3, 2021 at 11:01am

Salem-Keizer budget committee begins meeting Tuesday

Members of the Salem-Keizer School District budget committee will get an overview of district leaders' proposed spending for next year at their first meeting on Tuesday.

The committee will select a chair and vice chair and hear Superintendent Christy Perry's overview of the proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year. The draft budget has not yet been publicly released.

Committee members are scheduled to hear public comment on the budget and deliberate at meetings on May 18 and May 24. The budget eventually approved by the committee is then sent to the school board for adoption.

The committee includes seven community volunteers as well as all seven elected school board members. Committee members are Jaqualine Bechtel, Barbara Ghio, Lisa Harnisch, Levi Herrera-Lopez, Oni Marchbanks, Adriana Miranda and Tyson Pruett as well as school board directors Satya Chandragiri, Danielle Bethell, Kathy Goss, Sheronne Blasi, Paul Kyllo, Marty Heyen and Jesse Lippold Peone.

To participate: The meeting will be held in-person at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, but members of the public may only attend virtually because of Covid restrictions. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube at the links below and will also stream live on CC:Media, channel 21.

English: https://youtu.be/z9KPOkybSQc

Spanish: https://youtu.be/AxfLTV_AJbg

-Rachel Alexander