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  • IN THE COMMUNITY - KeizerFEST & more
  • MC NARY GARAGE SALE - August 21
  • NEIGHBORS - Comings and goings of neighbors in McNary Estates
  • ON THE GREENS - McNary Golf Club is the central hub of activities on the course and beyond
  • OFF THE GREENS - Ladies Social Club
  • BOOK REVIEWS - What Ann has to say
  • HUMOR ME - A lighter side of life perspective
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KeizerFest is in full swing with events happening August 4-8. The move to August from May allowed for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, the event organizer, to get away from the COVID-19 restrictions for large gatherings. Plenty of activities are planned that include the Parade, Pet Parade, KeizerFest Tent, and tons of fun for the whole family.

The annual community festival started as Keizer Happy Days. Around 1990 organizers desired to bring recognition and economic growth to the area by attracting more visitors and by renaming the event to Keizer Iris Festival. Neighboring Schriener's Iris Gardens were the largest producers, in the world, of full bearded iris. Flourishing from a home town parade to a month long schedule of activities Keizerites and visitors enjoyed coming to the streets and the big tent. 

The festival took on the name KeizerFEST a few years ago. The Chamber was not able to host the event in 2020, however this year with the move to August the activities of a community celebration are back. For more information visit 
Inaugural “Help Oregon Veterans” 5K
By Mark Piercy, McNary Estates Resident

The Nonprofit Organization “Help Oregon Veterans,” founded earlier this year, staged a 5K race as part of their first fund raiser event titled “Vets Fest” Saturday, July 3. The fledgling organization whose singular mission is to get homeless veterans off the street and into safe lodging chose McNary Golf Club and McNary Estates as the venues to kick-off their efforts to raise money to support veterans. The day long festivities included a 5K run through McNary Estates and a bouncy house for children, a golf outing, a magician’s performance, and live music on the patio of The View, McNary Golf Club’s restaurant. The organization was founded by United States Navy veteran Robert Wood, of McNary Estates, and Jared Knowland, owner and founder of Burley Sound Studios, Salem.
The 5K race, which is equivalent to 3.1 miles, started near the entrance to McNary Estates at 9:00 a.m., winding through the subdivision among the many lovely homes and manicured lawns, and finishing on the golf course by the practice green. Once again, the volunteerism of Keizer residents and members of McNary Golf Club shone brightly. Besides a dozen or so volunteers needed to handle registration and start and finish line duties, 2 dozen volunteers were needed to manage traffic, guide the runners as they navigated the racecourse, and provide water at the halfway mark. Managing traffic is an essential part of staging a road race, allowing the runners to concentrate on running without worry of interference of cars and fear of being run over. Volunteers were positioned throughout the course at intersections, along with a volunteer leading the race on a bicycle and a volunteer (the sweeper) trailing the race in a golf car to assist any distressed runners. 
The overall top finisher was Orianna Horneck, of Portland, with a winning time of 20 minutes and 12 seconds. As this was the first year for this race on this course, she established the course record. The organizers hope she returns to defend her title. The first overall male runner was Caleb Yant of Keizer with a time of 25:40. Yant’s time would have been substantially lower except that he was late for the start and his time began with the start of the race, not when he began running. The other two runners were Steffani White and Jacob Lopez, both of Salem, who finished together in 28:58. White and Lopez are engaged to be married.
The attendance may have been low for the first year, but there was still success to be found. It was a keen learning experience for everyone involved. The implementation of the plan, organization of the volunteers, and execution of the race was a great rehearsal for future editions. This was the first time most of the volunteers had assisted with such an event and all expressed they had fun being involved. The organizers have already begun planning for the next race, looking to market the event sooner and more broadly. Spinning up interest may include addition of a 3K walk to the 5K run and a few military touches. Regardless the bottom line remains the same, that is to raise money to “Help Oregon Veterans!”        
Clockwise from top left: Steffani White and Jacob Lopez 2021; Caleb Yant, First Overall Male; Oriana Horneck, Overall Winner 2021 Help Oregon Veterans 5K Race; Help Oregon Veterns 5K Volunteers. Photos by Robert Wood.
Annual McNary Estates Garage Sale
Saturday, August 21, 2021 8:00am – 4:00pm
The 22th Annual McNary Estates Garage Sale is this month on Saturday the 21st.  If you are a McNary Estates resident and would like to participate by holding a sale at this year’s event, please complete the form below and mail or deliver the form and the $20 fee payment to:                         
McNary Estates HOA
c/o Patty Scruggs
519 Snead Drive, N
Keizer OR  97303                       
You must be registered to participate, and registration forms must be received by Monday, August 16, in order to be included on the map of sale sites which is distributed to all attendees.
Please remember that this event is a “neighborhood garage sale.”  Homeowners may not sell cooked foods or any commercial items or products of any kind.  Loud music, entertainment, and collection drives for other than the authorized Marion/Polk Food Share are not permitted.  Also, just to be safe, we need to organize our individual sale sites to spread people out as much as possible, and require all to wear masks.
IMPORTANT NOTE:  This year, once again, there will be no organized pick up of left over items.  You will need to make your own arrangements to get things picked up by 7 pm.
If you can volunteer as a Block Captain (and we really need Block Captains!), or if you have any questions, please contact Pam Getty, Garage Sale Chair, 503-362-7979, or by email at
For those of you that are having a sale, or just want to beat the traffic, we are here to help. Friday August 20th (the night before Garage Sale) The McNary Ladies' Golf Association members and the garage sale committee will be picking up donations for Marion Polk Food Share. Items needed. Canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, cake mixes, muffin mixes, boxed dinners, beans, pasta, tomato sauces,
anything non-perishable. Cash Donations too.
Please put you items in a bag at the end of your driveway and they will be around between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM Friday night to pick up.
Garage sale opens Saturday morning at 8am. Thank you so much for your contributions. Our sale brings in many tons of food and $$$$$ cash for the food bank here in Salem and Marion and Polk counties.
Now You Know…
By Mark Piercy, McNary Estates Resident

His journey began the Summer of 1937 in Sheridan, Wyoming, a modest city of 10,000 in those days. Laid out in 1882, Sheridan, located on the east edge of the Bighorn National Forest, was the typical western U.S. city. It had meager beginnings but received a big boost with the arrival of the railroad facilitating growth of its cattle, logging, and mining industries. This in turn brought forth many immigrants, of mostly European origins. Now a city of 18,000 and the county seat, Sheridan lays smack-dab between Yellowstone NP and Mt Rushmore National Memorial, a mere 4-hour drive west and east respectively.
Just six months later in 1938 her journey began in Weslaco, Texas, a city of 41,000 in Hidalgo County, rich in Hispanic culture. Brownsville beckons just 40 miles to the east, with the salt air of the Gulf detectable just a few miles beyond that. You will find out as you read just how fitting it is that Weslaco is also the hometown of Marine Corporal Harlon Henry Block, one of the six United States Marines, captured on film, in arguably the most iconic photograph of World War II, hoisting our flag over the Island of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. Twenty-year-old Cpl. Block was killed in action a mere 6 days later. Seventy-six years later the photo and resulting Memorial evoke emotions from even the most stoic of soldiers.
Both members of 5 generation American families, their paths first intersected in January 1957. He vividly and fondly recalls walking down an Oceanside, CA, sidewalk, while on liberty with a Marine buddy when they pass by a drug store. Through the window a young woman, who happened to be employed by the store, catches his eye. He grabs his buddy to point her out, exclaiming “SHE is going to be my wife!” Hey, not so fast, Private! She turned him down for a date more than once over the ensuing months before finally consenting to meet him at the theater to see “Bus Stop” starring Marilyn Monroe, June 15. As they say…the rest is history. They wed May 13, 1958, in Oceanside, CA, right next door to Camp Pendleton.
Two years before that, in February of 1956, at the tender age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. He did not surrender that uniform for 38 and 1/2 years, touring the world in the process and ultimately ascending to the rank of Colonel. It was in Vietnam in 1966 that he received a battlefield commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He commanded infantry companies and during his 3rd tour he was Battalion Operations Officer. Surviving 3 combat tours when tours were an excruciatingly long 13 months, he anguished over the loss and disabling of many young Americans. It was those young men, who were fighting a war half a world away from home, whom he admired most, not a General or the Commander in Chief. Thusly, the disabled American veteran is the cause closest to his heart, replacing the insignia he once bore on his sleeve. War among nations is not peaceful, but peace among all nations sometimes requires war. Proudly asserting he has read the Holy Scriptures front to back more than 25 times, his faith in his greatest Mentor, Jesus Christ, guided him through those difficult and paradoxical times.
Severance from the USMC in 1994 did not mean severance from public service, however. In 2006 he was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski as Director of Oregon’s Selective Service System, a stint lasting 4 years. His base of operations on Hogan Dr, today he stands watch over McNary Estates, which for 15 years he and his wife have called home. That serendipitous intersection of lives 64 years ago has produced two daughters, seven grandsons, and ten great grandchildren. The acorns have not fallen and flourished far from the oak. Daughters Cindy and Debbie may have been born in California, but today they are deeply rooted right here on Snead Dr, the two generations that follow them all Oregon born. Unwilling to take full credit for his success, he maintains that it was those two daughters and his wife who were both buttress and inspiration during the difficult and uncertain times. He does not golf, but his routine includes a long brisk walk 6 days a week. He passes the time working in his yard, reading, and teaching leadership classes at schools, churches, and other organizations. A true platypus, he supports both the Ducks and Beavers in all sports. As for the pros, only the NFL keeps his interest.
He did not shelve his military and civic pride when he shed that uniform one last time. As he patrols our streets today, he often ponders pensively “why are there not more U.S. flags flying?” He seeks pride and its practice in others. He longs for a country with much less complaining and espouses much more serving. He believes every American born male should serve at least 2 years in the military. When you make note of this man on our streets, you might sense that he is on a mission. He led many. That cane is thrust forward purposely as he advances with every step. You might sense he once commanded the respect and attention of many men. He did. He sent them into battle. You might even imagine he is marching to a cadence only he can hear. He does. It is a cadence dictated by the regimen of a 38 plus year military career, a cadence driven by the indelible memories of young American soldiers who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. One cannot help thinking the collective spirits of Marine Corporal Harlon Block and all those others who perished on Iwo Jima, lives on in this Marine. They do. Now you know…Elida and Michael Valdez. “Still in the Fight! Always in the Fight! The Tip of the Spear!”
Special Invitation 
From The Strombecks, McNary Estates Residents

Voted the toughest par 5 in the Willamette Valley, hole 18 at McNary Golf Club is a long hole that requires accuracy if you even want to think about birdie.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 9:56 PM
Posted By: Josh Shelton
Filly Races, annual and fun events of the McNary Ladies Golf Association, began in July. Two tall guys (Tom Fischer and Glenn Zielinski) were the horse masters and we all know how much fun that was. The gals were teamed up with partners based on their handicaps, then it was off to the races! All the teams played from the same tees and their golf carts lined up across the fairways. Bev Davidson and Christine Dieker outlasted the group with an eventful finish on hole nine. This monthly event is open to ladies club members and their guest. Be sure to check with the Pro Shop for the next race and get ready to saddle up
August 4, 2021
A group- Days Play
Nancy Boyer - 45
A group Net
Bev Davidson - 72

B group Days Play
Sheila Levy - 59.5
B group Net
Diane Wheeler - 77

C group Days Play
Sandy Guess - 58
C group Net
Barb Wilson - 76
July 27, 2021
A group- Low Gross
    Linda Stevens - 86
A group - Low Net
    Marlena Standley - 69

B group - Low Gross
    Christine Dieker - 96
B group - Low Net
    Shirley Howard - 67

C group - Low Gross
    Cindy Marion - 109
C group - Low Net
    Carol Dornfeld - 79


Friday, August 6th there will be plenty going on at McNary Golf Club. Golf games start at 5:30pm around the clubhouse.  There will be classics like long drive, break the glass, and flop shot. There will be a ball drop on the 18th fairway at 7pm with the opportunity to purchase balls until 6:30. Again this year 2 people will have the opportunity to take home $5,000 with our putting contest! Qualifiers are Friday night - if you sink your putt be sure to show up Saturday during social hour for the putting contest finals and your chance to sink another one for the big money! We also have a 9 hole putting course, photo booth AND a dunk tank! Take a look at the schedule of dunk tank participants below. 

Saturday, August 7th - The big event will commence with a shotgun tournament at 10am! Check-in opens as early as 9am where you'll receive your rules sheet, event program and tee prize. 

After the tournament wraps up and scorecards turned in, players will return at 5pm for social hour on the patio. Social hour will include the putting contest finals for the $5,000 payout, tournament results, horserace and golf game winners, a raffle, and a keg and batch margarita! Around 6pm they will head down to the 9th fairway to enjoy a fiesta dinner, live music, and dancing until the sun goes down. 

2021 Greg Williams Men’s Club Championship is scheduled for August 14-15, 2021. Tee Times will be starting at 8:00 AM each day of this 36 Hole Stroke Play Event. Details can found at the Pro Shop but include:
  • $25 Entry fee
  • Optional Gross and Net Skins
  • Sunday Tee Times will be based on scores from Saturday
  • Skills prizes included
  • Sign up in the Men’s Club Binder in the Pro Shop
  • Tournament will have 3 flights
    • Open Division (49 years old and below) White Tees
    • Senior Division (50-64) White Tees
    • Super Senior Division (65+) Red Tees
  • Winners of each flight will get paid entry into OGA Tournament on Champions
OFF THE GREENS Ladies Social Club
By Kari Sullivan. 
The View Restaurant Manager and better half of Chip Sullivan, McNary’s PGA Director of Club Operations

A Passion: Theater, Education, Kaleidoscope

The McNary Ladies Golf Association Social Group is pleased to invite you to this up-lifting, informational presentation in which Kari will share highlights of her 25 successful years as an educator, teaching artist,  director, and actor.
Kari is excited to talk about Kaleidoscope, the innovative arts experience for young people with developmental disabilities that she created for the Virginia Children’s Theater. She is passionate about integrating children with special needs into the mainstream setting using the discipline of fine arts. Kari has already made strides in her efforts to bring Kaleidoscope to Salem.
By Ann Trombley  

Well, I think the heat melted my brain while I was writing the July book review.   Many apologies.  
I was writing about Erik Larson, one of my favorite authors, and referred to him with the last name of Fleming.   So I hope you figured it out by googling Amazon and typing in Erik Larson – Larson – Larson.   It is still quite warm so let’s hope for the best. 
This is for those readers who are familiar with, or want to know more about, the Oregon/Washington coast and its history.   This is a lengthy tome, and I loved every word of it .  Deep River (fiction)  by Karl Marlantes is a saga about a family coming from Finland, under varying circumstances,  and resettling in the Pacific Northwest. 
Political life in 19 th century Finland was under imperial Russia.   The Koski siblings, Ilmari, Matti, and Aino face increasing hardships.   Their nationalist father was arrested by Russian authorities and never seen again.   So one by one, the Koskis, lured by the Homestead Act, immigrated to America, and found their way to the Pacific Northwest, not far from the Columbia River.   The brothers established themselves in a logging community in southern Washington.   Astoria, Oregon, also played a large part in this book.   
Sister Aino is a fiercely independent woman; her union ideas and activities follow her to the shores of the Columbia.    And these ideas are not popular with her neighbors. 
This is a long book – so be warned.   It will keep you busy when you have a cool spot to read.   And the author?  -- Marlantes, Marlantes, Marlantes.  
Keep reading.   Ann Trombley

By: Mary A Smith


The subject of dating had never came up in my young life.  Why would it?  I was only 12 years old.  That is, it hadn’t come up until my next door neighbor, David Miller, invited me to a baseball game the summer of 1953.

Maybe David never had in mind any such thing as a “date”.  However, the possibility of a date quickly took hold in my mind!  On the brink of becoming a teenager (not to mention being crazy about the boy next door) I was suddenly ready to toss aside my childhood for the tantalizing next chapter of my life.

There was a problem, however:  my parents.  Best friends with David’s parents, they informed me I was too young to go on a date. Still, after much discussion, they reluctantly agreed to let me go with David to the baseball game, walking a few blocks to Wenatchee’s “field of dreams”, but only if I understood it wasn’t a date.  Hallelujah!  I was going on a date with David Miller (something I could brag about to my friends—behind my parents’ backs, of course).

The appointed evening arrived and the boy who wasn’t taking me on a date arrived at the parsonage door.  Off we went, suddenly feeling a strange self-consciousness.  This was different from playing baseball in the street, pulling tricks on each other or sitting together in church.  

But, it wasn’t a date, no, not at all!

The baseball park was about 8 blocks away.  We cut through Pioneer Park.  It must have been getting dark, because I distinctly recall the bright lights illuminating the field.  It was a beautiful August night.  I was nervously hoping someone (anyone!) would see me with David and “know” we were on a date.

Of course, it wasn’t really a date.

Arriving at the gate, we stood in line to buy our tickets.  That is, I waited for David to buy our tickets.  I didn’t have any money!  My parents hadn’t given me any.  But, David only had enough money to pay for himself—after all, he had been told (repeatedly) this was not a real date.

I don’t remember who was the most embarrassed; I think it was a draw.  There we stood, attempting to hide our embarrassment.  There was only one thing to do and David rose to the occasion with all the dignity his 12-year old self possessed.  He RAN all the way home for more money.  He returned, red-faced, out of breath, paid for my ticket…and we went in to the ball park.

To tell the truth, I don’t recall much about the actual game that summer evening.  But, the humiliation of that “first date that wasn’t a date” remains with me to this day.  It also left me with a lot of questions: why DIDN’T my parents give me any money, since it wasn’t a date?  Did I ever pay back the cost of my ticket to David?  Did our parents ever discuss the awful incident?

My biggest question, though, remains unanswered:  Is that why David and I never had another date?  I’ll always wonder.

P.S.  David and I remained best friends until the end of his life in 2012.

The McNary Newsletter is separate but supported by the McNary Home Owners Association. Our goals are community and neighborhood driven. Contact Tom Dieker for your advertising interest at 503.949.0891 ( ( ) or Christine Dieker for news and content suggestions at 503-949-6099 ( ( Contributing writers and photographers:

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