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Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These beautiful summer mornings bring so many blessings and benefits to those who can awaken early to savor the perfection of a brand spanking new day.

There's something so delightful and almost awesome about the morning sounds of birds and the freshness of a summer breeze, along with the anticipation of the day to come.

What a treat to have a little quiet time before the rest of the household awakens and the business of living begins.

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Congratulations to our Central High School softball team for showing Oregon what we knew all along - they are champions! How lucky all of us in MI Town and all of our local communities are to share in the joy and laughter and the feeling of pride as our kids took home the state championship trophy.

They are great representatives of their school, community and all of us who have been cheering from the sidelines all season long.

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Many of our Western Oregon University students will soon return to their home communities for the summer, and we'll be saying goodbye for a few weeks to many of our young neighbors.

Others will remain in our communities to work at local summer jobs and to attend summer classes, so that will keep the collegiate presence alive until September.

MI Town has an international feeling with many new faces from far away places, and it is so much fun to get to know about other cultures.

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I've found the very best way to see and know MI Town is to put on a comfortable pair of shoes and set out for a good walk along our local streets and through our neighborhoods. A walk becomes more of an adventure with a companion or dog - or both - and the healthy benefits of walking on a sunny morning or afternoon only add to the joy of seeing the hard work of our neighbors, and how they share with all of us their pretty green lawns and gorgeous flowers.

This seems to be a fantastic year for roses, and the fragrance from the colorful blooms follows us along the way.

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I'd like to wish all our Central High School graduates congratulations and my very best wishes as they go forward into their future, with the love and respect of their families and friends and teachers.

When we moved here, we had our first dinner out at Sing Fay Restaurant in Monmouth and we met a very bright and charming young lady named Anny Chen. Over the past seven years, we've enjoyed getting to know Anny and her family, and to watch her grow into a young woman and now a Central High graduate.

Her plans are to attend University of Oregon this fall, and we wish her the best as she reaches for yet another goal.

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