Community Notebook

*Four seek school board positions*Western Days dates are July 1 to 4*Accident on 223 is fatal for man *Summerfest looks for volunteers*"English Now" course offered *Hobby Day

Four seek school

board positions

Four candidates have filed for local school board positions in the May 15 election.

Matt Posey has filed for Dallas School Board position 2, and Michael J. Bollman is a candidate for position 5 on the same board. Both positions have four-year terms.

Robert Young put his name in for Falls City School Board position 2, while Bruce A. McCollum filed for seat 4 on that board. Both seats are for four-year terms.

The only other candidate in early filings was Dave Pederson of Dallas, an incumbent, for Position 3 on the Dallas Cemetery District.

Other board positions still without candidates represent the Central and Perrydale school districts, Polk No. 1 and Southwest Rural fire districts, and several water and cemetery districts.

The filing deadline is March 15. Potential candidates should visit the county clerk's office for more information.


Western Days dates

are July 1 to 4

The Western Days community festival in Independence and Monmouth will be celebrated July 1-4 this summer. July 1 is a Sunday; July 4 falls on a Wednesday.

"That particular four-day spread is a bit tougher than usual to work with, without a full weekend in there," said Marilyn Morton of the festival committee. "It means Sunday will be a big day. The Hometown Fireworks display will be that evening, with the main fireworks show on Wednesday night."

Western Days also includes art events, a parade, mini-marathon, carnival, food booths, games and dozens of live entertainment shows.


Accident on 223

is fatal for man

Kevin M. Carr, 47, of Turner was killed on Feb. 14 when the car he was driving crossed the center line of Highway 223 near Airlie Road and collided with a log truck.

Carr was extricated from his vehicle by firefighters and was transported to West Valley Hospital in Dallas. He died shortly after arrival.

The driver of the log truck, Joseph McFarland, 57, of Neotsu, was uninjured. McFarland was northbound, and Carr was southbound.

State police did not know why Carr lost control of his vehicle. An investigation continues.


Summerfest looks

for volunteers

The organizers of Summerfest, Dallas' annual community festival, are looking for additional volunteers to help in organizing the July 19-22 event.

"Three areas we could use help in right now are entertainment (choosing and scheduling), vendor selection (reviewing applications) and the parade preparation," said Chelsea Pope, executive director of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce.

To get involved, contact Pope at 503-623-2564 or



English Now"

course offered

Chemeketa Community College is sponsoring two "English Now" courses this spring in Polk County for Spanish speakers to learn basic English.

Classes will meet for eight weeks on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Talmadge Middle School in Independence, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas.

Classes begin the week of April 4, and registration is open now. Cost is $30. For more information: 503-316-3282.


Hobby Day set

for March 3

Dallas Public Library's 12th annual Hobby and Collectibles Day will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at 950 Main St. Early sign-up for table space is encouraged.

Hobby Day is an opportunity for community residents to share their hobbies or collections and to get ideas for starting new hobbies.

In past years displays have ranged from old-time radio memorabilia, comic books and wine collections to model trains.

The library will have a special book display of titles designed to provide information and support for hobbyists. For more information: library, 503-623-2633.


CCC computer,

photo classes

The Independence Public Library will be the site of a six-week, Wednesday night "Learn to Use Your Computer" class sponsored by Chemeketa Community College. The classes begin April 18; cost is $56 for all six sessions. For more information: 503-623-5567.

The CCC Dallas Center at 915 SE Ash St. is the site for two evening photo classes, "Digital Photography" on April 12, 19 and 26, and "Editing Digital Photography on May 3, 10 and 17. Cost for each is $49. For more information: 503-623-5567.


Child protection

program is March 1

The next presentation in the "Protecting Your Children from Molestors" community series will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Monmouth Elementary School. All concerned adults are invited to attend.


Driver ed course

begins April 2

A driver education course sponsored by Chemeketa Community College will be based at Central High School, Room 40, beginning April 2 and running through May. The program is for students age 15 through 18. For more information: 503-399-5215.


Relay for Life

team plans drive

"Nathan's Angels," an American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team, will conduct a door-to-door can and bottle drive in Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 24. For pickup, call 503-428-8467.

The group will be in the Polk County ACS Relay for Life event Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at the Dallas High School Track.

For information about forming a team to participate: Kathy Zerner at 503-838-0611.


Grange Hall sets

spaghetti dinner

Rickreall Grange Hall's spaghetti dinner fund raiser will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at 480 Main St. All proceeds will be used for grange building repairs.

The meal includes spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for age 10 and under.

Donations are welcome and tax deductible; a receipt is available upon request. For more information: 503-623-0615.


Day-care providers

training meeting

Providers Resource and Training (PRAT) will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at the Independence Public Library. Day-care providers working to fulfill annual state required training for recertification are welcome to attend this and future training sessions. For more information: Bobbi Tallman, 503-623-5166.


Soup and bread

to mark season

Trinity Lutheran Church, 450 SE Washington St. in Dallas, will serve soup and bread at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. Lenten service every Wednesday evening through March 28.


Glenn Starks will

retire as teacher

DALLAS -- Glenn Starks informed the Dallas school board that he would be ending his career as a science teacher at LaCreole Middle School with completion of the current school year.

At its Feb. 12 meeting the Board accepted Starks' letter notifying them of his decision.

He joined the district staff in 1979. Superintendent Christy Perry commented, "He has a passion for teaching kids. He'll be hard to replace at LaCreole."


Reunion due for

70th Infantry

The 70th Infantry Division (Trailblazers) will have a reunion April 19 to 22 at the Red Lion Hotel, 3301 Market St. NE. in Salem

The 70th was formed and trained at Camp Adair in 1943-44 and served in France and Germany. Anyone who served with the 70th during World War II is invited to attend, as are children or grandchildren of deceased 70th veterans.

For more information: Vern Staley at 503-769-5127 or


Business mixer set

The Monmouth-Independence Chapter of LeTip International will sponsor a business mixer at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St. LeTip is a networking organization in which members can develop their businesses through the exchange of ideas. For more information: Suzanne or Mike, 503-838-1330.



John Strader of Pacific Power received a service award at the annual Dallas Firefighter awards banquet. His first name was incorrect in last week's story.


Last week's Itemizer-Observer feature on the new downtown Dallas Event Center did not provide an address. It is at 939 Main St.


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