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Watch is launched

Twenty people attended the first Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Falls City Fire Hall Aug. 6.

Two Polk County Sheriff's deputies and two members of S.A.L.T. were also in attendance, explaining the finer points of how the Watch Group should proceed with plans to make the community a better place to live.

There will be a a group of interested local citizens attending the mayor's meeting on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the library next to the high school. The time is from 8 to 10 a.m. with the mayor in attendance.

The next meeting with the deputies and S.A.L.T members will be Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the fire hall. By then the fledgling local group should have their areas mapped out and leaders for each area designated.

The general consensus of the group is that the town should be divided up into from three to five sections with an administrator of the group and sub-committee members/leaders in each section of town.

The assembled group was interested in home burglar alarms, recording activities in the neighborhoods day and night, a telephone network between neighbors and neighborhoods to report crime. The members representing S.A.L.T. answered the citizens' questions and offered any help they could give in getting the group started.

We wish to thank the deputies and S.A.L.T. members for their time in coming to our aid.

Glenda Williams

Falls City

Super Summerfest

We had a wonderful time at the Summerfest. The many food booths and vendors were really nice. The people were all having fun and the parade was great.

Seeing the Army Band was wonderful, but a lot of people failed to show respect to the flag by not standing as it passed. No matter what, the sight of the flag will always mean a lot to us and will always send waves of joy through us.

The parade was very well organized with a lot of entries but not a lot of repeat kinds. The kids sure went all out with their costumes and floats, the horses were beautiful and well-behaved. We loved every minute of the whole Summerfest. Thank you to all who had taken part in organizing it. Keep up the good work.

Mony and Clara Nimmo

Dallas Alteration Center

Even though I have lived in Reno, Nev. for the past 13 years, I grew up in the Falls City/Dallas area, and I don't think if you search the world over you would ever find better or more giving people than the ones in Polk County.

They are the best of the best.

When my mother got cancer in 1994 and I brought her home to Dallas, I was absolutely overwhelmed from the care and compassion that we received from everyone.

The McAllister family in Falls City especially gave above and beyond of their love and support to me and my children, and never asked a single thing in return. No one on earth does that nowadays!

I am still in shock over such love that those people bestowed on us.

Valley Community Hospital and the Dallas Nursing Home staff also held me up when I could no longer hold myself. My cousins in Falls City, the Crockett family, never left my side, plus many others.

To Bollman Funeral Home, thank you. It isn't much, but you helped me through the worst days of my life, and without your support I would have died. God Bless you all, and God Bless my home, the best place on earth, Polk County.

Wendy Kochis-Flippo

Reno, Nev.

Great parade

I just got home from the Summerfest 2001 parade. It was the best in many years. I had quit going because there were less and less horses and no bands or music. This year it was super.

I really enjoyed the army band. The drum and fife group was great. All the different horse groups were nice to see. What a difference they make in a parade.

The people who organized this parade are to be congratulated. They did an excellent job this year. Thank you, Thank you! I love a good parade!!

I do have one complaint. People who bring their dogs should not let them do "their business" on the sidewalk and walk away and leave it for everybody to step in. Disgusting. That's all.


Betty Hill


I would like to thank all of the people that participated in the Falls City Fourth of July parade. The Fern Creek Farms brought five horses in full Arabian attire. What a pretty sight.

Several people took a lot of time and went to much expense to participate in the parade.

I do not know all of their names and for that I am sorry. I do want them to know that they helped to make it one of the best parades that Falls City has had in a long time.

The mini with the cart was a big hit also, so were the many kids on horseback. It was a joy to be part of the parade.

Thank you again, hope to see you ext year.

Penny Crosby

Falls City

A community of Goodwill

This letter to the editor of the Itemizer Observer is to thank the City of Dallas, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the people of Dallas and the surrounding area.

In October of 2000, Goodwill opened its doors in Dallas to record crowds and a warm welcome.

The welcome has never stopped.

The people of the greater Dallas area have been extremely generous in their donations and purchases at the Goodwill Dallas Store thus enabling Goodwill to continue with its mission of providing vocational services to people with disabilities and other special needs.

But nothing exemplified that feeling of being welcome in a new community as the reception given the Dallas Goodwill fashion show during this year's Summerfest. The employees and friends of the Dallas Goodwill Store had a wonderful time preparing and putting on the fashion show.

And, once again, the people of the greater Dallas area demonstrated their support and appreciation by showing up for the event by the hundreds and then cheering and clapping for the models, the announcer and the marvelous piano music played by a Goodwill teammate Rob Grindland.

Their giving spirit never stopped. Lynn and Rita Garrett of North Metro Center R.V. drove from Rickreall with an almost new, beautiful motorhome for our models to use. Lea Akers and Troy and Lola Bean of Dallas did the same. Jackie and David Lawson of World Gym gave freely of their time as fashion coordinator and models.

Tony "Mr. Dallas Radio Shack" allowed us to use his personal walkie-talkies. Janet Hutchison, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dallas allowed us to use the Rotary Performing Arts Stage for rehearsals and the show, trusting us with the use of the park and the keys to the electricity.

Two Mrs. Oregons, Dena Armstrong and Mary Nelson, along with the 25 other models and many behind the scenes helpers, donated their time and energy to create a flawless and fashionable performance.

Thank you all and thank you, Dallas.

Your Friends at

Goodwill Industries


Breakfast in the Park

Another Dallas Summerfest has come and gone, capped by the Dallas Rotary Breakfast in the Park. We had another excellent turnout again this year, serving close to 1,500 hungry people.

The Rotary Club would like to thank all of you who took the time to come to our breakfast. We trust you enjoyed the meal, conversation with friends, and of course the antique cars!

Breakfast in the Park is the principle fundraiser for the Dallas Rotary Club. The bulk of the money raised through this event is spent on community projects in the Dallas area.

Where does some of this money go?

Rotary gives two college scholarships to Dallas High School seniors, provides dictionaries to every fourth grader in the Dallas school system, is a major sponsor of the Dallas summer concert series held at the Rotary stage, sponsors an incoming and outgoing high school exchange student, and donates to various other community causes such as the $1,000 which was donated toward the construction of the recently opened Dallas skate park.

Again, thanks to all who came to this year's breakfast. Without your attendance, Dallas Rotary would not be in a position to assist financially in so many worthwhile community endeavors.

If you weren't able to make it to this year's Breakfast in the Park, we hope to see you there next year!

Dallas Rotary Club


A lifesaver

This is the letter I wrote to Dr. Jerry Flaming:

I'm writing you this letter to thank you for saving my mom's life, again. Ellen Littleton came to Valley Community Hospital on June 27 in not very good shape. You were quite honest with me and my brothers. You didn't know if you could pull her through, but that you would do your best.

You were so nice to my mother and she responded to you. She was released from the hospital just one week later, on July 4.

My mother is doing fine now and seems to be getting stronger. She's not walking yet. But maybe she will with more therapy.

Thanks for giving my mother another chance to live.

Loranda Hurst

Polk County


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