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*Independence recruits for a patrol officer*Dallas Community Awards nominations due Friday*First Friday event is Jan. 5 in Dallas *Adults sought to help supervise Nite Court *Literacy prog

Independence recruits

for a patrol officer

INDEPENDENCE -- The City of Independence is accepting applications for a patrol officer position. Candidates with law enforcement experience, bilingual (English/Spanish) skills and college education are preferred.

Recruiting, hiring and training is an ongoing process in community police work, Police Chief Vern Wells said. The Independence department's attrition rate is approximately 10 percent per year.

With longer Police Academy training of 16 weeks and longer field training (averaging 14 weeks), it takes eight or more months to train an officer to work solo.

Deadline to apply for the current position is Friday, Jan. 19. For an application or more information: Independence Police Department, 503-838-1214.


Dallas Community Awards

nominations due Friday

DALLAS -- Friday, Jan. 5 is the deadline for nominations for the annual Dallas Community Awards, organized by the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce.

The awards, to be presented on Jan. 19, recognize a First Citizen, Junior First Citizen, Good Samaritan and Exceptional Famil. Groups are honored in Outstanding Organization, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Most Improved Business categories.

The public is invited to the awards banquet. Tickets are $25 each.

For more information, see the chamber's web site,, or call Chelsea Pope at 503-623-2564


First Friday event

is Jan. 5 in Dallas

DALLAS -- The PEARL Center will feature and display the floral artwork of Dennice Grower for the First Friday Promenade on Jan. 5.

Grower, a longtime resident of Polk County, has been in the floral business for more than 20 years. Her art background translates into arrangements with free form and interesting lines.

Other events at PEARL Center during the evening will be Broadway music performed by Moonfall Theatre. A wine bar will be open and soup and bread will be available.

Dallas Antiques Mall and ENVY Day Spa will also be open. All events are held around the courthouse square. For more information: 503-831-1341.


Adults sought to help


Nite Court

INDEPENDENCE -- With more than 200 young people attending the last pre-Christmas activity (a dance), Nite Court continues to grow in popularity among youth in the Monmouth-Independence community, according to spokesman Paul Pfnister.

The YMCA-sponsored activity at Talmadge Middle School offers Saturday evening activities one or two times a month through June, Pfnister said.

"We really could use more adult volunteers to help us on a regular basis as chaperones," he added. "The kids play volleyball, soccer, shoot hoops, have refreshments, and there's even a pool table. It's a very positive environment and everyone seems to enjoy it."

Typically the evening activities start at 7 and wind up between 10:30 and 11.

Adults interested in helping with the program as chaperones are asked to call Tim Barry, executive director, at 503-838-4042, or Pfnister at 503-949-8751.


Literacy program

volunteers needed

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk Literacy Program, an outreach program of Chemeketa Community College, is recruiting volunteers to tutor local adults in reading, writing and/or conversational English. No previous teaching experience is required, and training and support are provided.

An orientation session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Monmouth Public Library. For more information: Linda Kaufmann, 503-316-3282.


Presentation on

Alzheimer's set

DALLAS -- Frank Hales of the National Alzheimer's Association will present a program, "Solving the Puzzle of Alzheimer's Disease," at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Dallas Senior Center.


Hospice training

session offered

WEST SALEM -- Willamette Valley Hospice is offering free hospice training from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at 1015 Third St. NW in Salem. For more information, volunteers can call Rose Mary Bilstein at 503-763-2320. Willamette Valley Hospice is a nonprofit organization.


Baker is new senior

pastor at Valley Life

DALLAS -- The community is invited to attend the installation of the new senior pastor at Valley Life Center during the 10 a.m. morning service on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 1795 SE Miller Ave.

The Rev. Chris Barker was on the staff at Valley Life Center about 10 years ago as senior associate and music pastor. He left to become senior pastor at Hermiston Christian Center, where he served for seven years.

Barker, his wife, and their two daughters are happy to be returning to the Willamette Valley


Art e

xhibit opens

PHILOMATH -- A new art exhibit featuring Vincent Lenadro and Kim Smith opens Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Benton County Historical Museum, 1101 Main St. in Philomath. The exhibit features installation art, a conceptual form which uses three dimensions in display.


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