6/7 Community Roundup

6/7 Community Roundup

Dog facility proposals requested

DALLAS -- Polk County General Services seeks proposals from qualified contractors to construct a new dog impound facility in the Rickreall area.

Proposals are due by 1:30 p.m. on June 22 at the department office at 850 Main St., Dallas. Submitted information will be opened and read at that time.

The project entails construction of a new facility and may be divided up into multiple phases. The county has developed a set of guidelines that respondents can base their concept on, with the freedom to develop cost-saving methods for county review.

Participants must list in their proposals whether they are local residents, per ORS 279.029.

For information pertaining to the request for proposal: Greg Hansen at 503-623-8173.

The county reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive formalities and postpone the awarding of the bid.


County Fair is Aug. 10-13

RICKREALL -- This year's Polk County Fair, themed "An Affair with Agriculture," is set for Aug. 10-13. Hours at the fairgounds in Rickreall will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day except for Sunday, Aug. 13 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Special admission days will be Thursday, Aug. 10 (Senior Citizens day), and Sunday, Aug. 13 (Oregon Forest Resource day featuring free admission for all patrons).

In addition to the crafts and agricultural exhibits, other traditional events at the fair include daily live entertainment, a talent show, cooking contests, tractor pulls and the two-day (Saturday-Sunday) Northwest Youth Rodeo.

For fair schedules and details, see www.co.polk.or.us/fair.


Jackpoint store

in Dallas robbed

DALLAS -- At 12:30 a.m. on Monday, June 5, the clerk at Jackpot Food Market on Ellendale Avenue was robbed at gunpoint, according to police.

The Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call and established a search perimeter. Salem Police also responded and attempted to track the suspect, but were unsuccessful.

Dallas Police are asking that citizens who might have any information on this incident call 503-831-3516.


Account created

to help Sabrina

A donation account has been set up for Sabrina Harustak (see story in the May 31 Itemizer-Observer) at Bank of America. Donations can be made to the Sabrina Harustak-Medical Fund at any Bank of America branch.


Central '96 class

plans reunion

POLK COUNTY -- The Central High School Class of 1996's 10-year reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 26.

Classmates and their families or guests will gather from noon to 2 p.m. for a lunch picnic at Monmouth City Park on Main Street. Attendees should bring a lunch.

A social an cocktail hour for classmates and their guests will be at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. at Spirit Mountain Casino. The evening will also include music, door prizes, awards and a cash bar. The dinner cost is $30 if prepaid, or $35 at the door.

Reunion coordinators have a list of classmates they are still seeking. To pre-register or to help with clasmate information: 1-503-860-8746 or panthers96reunion@yahoo.com.


Dallas launches

street projects

DALLAS -- The City of Dallas said four street resurfacing projects will take place this month and that motorists should expect traffic delays.

The areas to be resurfaced are West Ellendale Avenue from Levens treet to Hillcrest Frive; NW Reed Lane in the 200 block; Monmouth Cutoff between Holman Avenue and Godsey Road; and SE Walnut Avenue from Main Street to Walnut Circle.

Later in the summer, sewer and drainage improvement projects are due for SE Fir Villa Road/Miller Avenue; SE Godsey Road; SW Court Street; SW Maple Street; SE LaCreole Drive; and Kingsborough Park. Dates will be announced.


Volunteers plan local


POLK COUNTY -- Local agents of Windermere/Western View Properties will take part in a company community service day on Friday, June 16. A volunteer team from the Monmouth office will sponsor the summer opening of the community swimming pool on South Fifth Street in Independence, and a Dallas volunteer team will give the ARC building on Washington Street a sprucing up to prepare it as a meeting hall.


Elks host flag

retirement event

INDEPENDENCE -- The public is invited to a Flag Day ceremony sponsored by Independence Elks Lodge 1950 at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 at Riverview Park. Local residents who have tattered flags they wish to retire can bring them to the park and they will be properly taken care of. Also helping in the event are lodges from Salem, Keizer, Silverton,and Woodburn.


Auction exceeds its goal

DALLAS -- Faith Christian School announced that its annual fund-raising auction netted just over $10,000, twice the goal. School officials said they thank the community for its support and generosity.


Several students

attend elite event

POLK COUNTY -- George Taray and Whitney Fass of Central High School, and Alexandria Tsang and Tiffany Wineland of Perrydale High School participated in the recent Music in May concrt at Pacific University in Forest Grove. They were among 450 students statewide selected to attend the event.

Anna Rebischke of Dallas High also performed in the concert (see story, May 31 Itemizer-Observer).


Scholarship awarded to Parks

Ashley M. Parks, a Central High School senior, was awarded a $1,000 Beta Sigma Phi scholarship to applyt to college expenses. Selection criteria included academic standing, community involvement, letters of recommendation and an essay. She is the daughter of Michael and Kandy Parks of Monmouth.


Dance set for

Guthrie Park

DALLAS -- "A June Dance" will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway.

The band is Cash & Company. Dance styles include oldies, waltzes and the two-step. Admission is $5 per person; kids 12 and under are free.

For more information: Sally Clark at 503-623-0809.


Theater benefits

Lions programs

DALLAS -- The theatrical production "Tropical Heat Wave" will be performed Friday, June 23, at Moonfall Theatre to benefit Dallas area programs of the Dallas Lions Club.

The theatre showcases local talent and performs Broadway music and comedy skits to held local nonprofit groups raise funds.

Tickets are $15 and partrons can arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages in the Victorian home parlor or stroll the grounds.

Seating is at 7:15 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p.m.

The theater is at 11140 Orrs Corner Road. For more information: Val Unger at 503-623-4006.


Hop Festival lineup set

INDEPENDENCE -- Dates have been set for this year's Hop and Heritage festival in Independence: Sept. 22-24.

historic downtown.

Events will include a hometown barbecue, ghost walk, historic displays, beer garden, airport fly-in and pancake breakfast, a volkswalk, a Concourse d'Elegance Car Show, the River Gallery's Salmon Run, an antique farm equipment display, a cook-off, farmer's market, tractor pull, vendors and musical entertainment.

Musical groups will include Team Time, VIP Strings, Roundhouse, Morgan, Speed Limit & The Violations, Johnnywood, Romance, and Parish Gap.

For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Marilyn Morton at 503-838-4051 or mortons@minetfiber.com.


Fund raiser will f

eature treats

MONMOUTH -- A strawberry shortcake fund raiser to benefit the Independence Senior Center will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Heron Pointe Retirement and Assisted Living facility, 504 Gwinn St. E.

Cost is $1. For more information: 503-838-6850.


DAR flag disposal

event scheduled

POLK COUNTY -- Daughters of the American Revolution, Chemeketa Chapter, are collecting torn and tattered U.S. flags for proper flag disposal during a retirement ceremony to be held Saturday, June 10.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. at the Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway in Rickreall. To have flags picked up or for more information: Oregon State DAR Flag Chairman, Day Westine at 503-585-4518.

Flags may also be delivered to the Polk County Museum during business hours.


Cub Scouts set

car wash

POLK COUNTY -- Cub Scout Pack 38 will conduct a donation car wash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Les Schwab Tire Center in Independence. The event will raise money for pack activities and camp.


Parking lot sale


MONMOUTH -- Self Protection, Advocacy and Rights Council (SPARC) will hold its annual fund raiser, a parking lot sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, at 425 Main St. East. The address is the parking lot for Downtown Bakery and Monmouth Market.

SPARC is a Self-Advocacy group operated by people with disabilities and is supported by Partnerships In Community Living, Inc.

For more information: 503-932-9685, or 503-838-2403 ext. 444.


Pottery event

set at museum

The Independence Heritage Museum will be host a free presentation about "Buena Vista Pottery" at 1 p.m. at June 17. Blaine Schmeer, great-grandson of Amedee Smith, who founded the Buena Vista Pottery Company, will speak, and community members who own Buena Vista pottery are encouraged to bring it for "show-and-tell."

Schmeer's book "Pottery on the Willamette -- A History" will be available for purchase. The Independence Heritage Museum is located at 112 S. 3rd St. For more information: Julie Baxter at 503-838-4989.


Forestry walk

slated at Pedee

PEDEE -- The public is invited to a forest walking tour from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 10 on Pedee Creek Road.

The focus of the tour, sponsored by the Marion-Polk Oregon Small Woodlands Association and the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, will be to review management of the Boomer Mountain Woodland. The Douglas fir forest is being proposed as an outdoor educational forest for K-12 children.

The tour group will also look at efforts being made to protect the streamside areas.

Pedee Creek Road is one mile south of town off the west side of Kings Valley Highway 223. The tour property is 2.5 miles up the road, on the west side. Directional signs will be posted.

For more information: Polk SWCD, 503-623-9680.


Driver safety

course offered

DALLAS -- A two-day AARP Driver Safety Program will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23, in the second floor activity room at Dallas Retirement Village (brown building), 310 W. Ellendale Ave.

The class will cover the awareness of driving hazards and ways to overcome the effects of aging on driving ability.

Jim and Pat Sevcik will instruct. Cost is $10 per person.

Pre-registration is necessary; contact Carolyn Buchanan at 503-623-1856.



drivers ed set

INDEPENDENCE -- A Chemeketa Community College-sponsored driver education program will be based at Central High School from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays, June 19 to July 12. Instruction will include 34 hours of classroom and 12 hours of behind-the-wheel time.

The program is for students age 15 through 18 who already have a permit or license. Cost is $225 to $435. For more information or to register: 503-399-5215.


Locals earn degrees at GFC

Thomas Simpson of Dallas received a bachelor's degree in management and organization; Angela Walker of Dallas earned a masters degree in counseling; and John Hallock of Independence received a master of divinity degree from George Fox Uniuversity in Newberg.


Two honored on dean's list

Jessica Fitzgerald and Rainie Gordon, both of Monmouth, were named to the spring term dean's list for academic achievment at George Fox College in Newberg. Fitzgerald is a sociology major, and Gordon is majoring in nursing.


Blood drive set

for June 26

DALLAS -- A Red Cross community blood drive is scheduled for 1:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 879 SW Levens St. To reserve a blood draw time, contact Pauline Trom at 503-623-4279.


Rotary selling strawberries

The Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club is taking orders through next week for hand-picked strawberries as part of an annual fundraiser for its international student exchange program.

For $40, individuals will receive a 30 lb. bucket of pre-sliced berries harvested from local farms. Deliveries will be made to sites in Independence, Dallas and Corvallis. Deadline for orders is June 10.

Those interested may call Ben Meyer at 503-606-3048. Please give a pick-up destination with your order.


Monmouth library events set

MONMOUTH -- Summer activities coming up at the Monmouth Public Library include:

* Children's Summer reading program -- "Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales," registration June 13 at the library, 168 S. Ecols St. Program is at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 20 through July 27, and features performers, crafts, live animals and other activities.

* Family Storytimes -- Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning June 14.

* Teen Reading Program -- "Creature Feature," begins Tuesday, June 13.

* Friday Flicks -- Weekly movies at 2 p.m., June 16 through Aug. 25.

For more information: 503-838-1932.


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