Community Notebook

*Perrydale's annual corn feed is Oct. 13*Apple Festival, Brunk tours set*Haunted house and food drive planned*Shreding offered free on Saturday*Whitworth ready for Jog-a-thon *Hazardous

Perrydale's annual

corn feed is Oct. 13

gThe 24th annual Perrydale Corn Feed, sponsored by the local FFA chapter, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the school's "old gym."

The family event featuring games, contests and hay wagon rides along with dinner, is a fund raiser for the Perrydale FFA.

The menu is hot dogs, baked potatoes, all-you-can-eat corn, fresh apple sauce and apple crisp, cider and coffee.

A six-minute corn-eating contest, corn-husking and corn-throwing competitions, and a coloring contest are part of the fun.

Cost is $8 ($6 for students), $15 for a couple, and $25 for families.


Apple Festival,

Brunk tours set

The nights are chilling and the leaves are brightening. Kids are picking costumes and dreaming of Halloween candy.

Fall harvest time is also here, and the Polk County Historical Society has scheduled its 24th Annual Brunk House Apple Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 13, volunteers will press fresh cider, serve apple desserts and conduct tours to let visitors see how Polk County pioneers lived 150 years ago.

The Brunk farmstead was founded in 1861 by Harrison and Emily Brunk. Its management was left to the county's historical society in Earl Brunk's will.

Each year PCHS members make fresh cider for sale in sanitized jugs. Any cider left at the end of the festival is frozen and used at society events throughout the year.

Three generations of Brunks lived at the house and it still contains many original furnishings. The grounds featuring fruit trees and gardens are beautifully kept by Polk County Master Gardeners.

The Brunk House is on Highway 22 near Oak Grove Road. For more information: Jo Ann King at 503-838-6603.


Haunted house and

food drive planned

Nick McCleery, a ninth grader at Dallas High School, will combine his third annual haunted house with a canned food drive to benefit Dallas Food Bank. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, hot cocoa and cider will be served along with tricks and treats at 780 SE LaCreole Drive. Admission is a donation of one can of food or $1.


Shreding offered

free on Saturday

A free community "Shred and Electronics Takeback Day" will be Saturday, Oct. 6 at Garten Services, 888 SE Monmouth Cutoff.

Each vehicle may bring two boxes of confidential documents for on-site shredding and one entire computer system for free disposal. Hard drive destruction is guaranteed. Additional monitor disposals are $12 each.

The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information: Don Carmichael, 503-581-4472, extension 3306.


Whitworth ready

for Jog-a-thon

Whitworth Elementary students have from Oct. 5 to 26 to look for sponsors and collect donations for their upcoming annual Jog-a-thon school fund raiser.

Students will seek support from friends, neighbors, families and local businesses. Money raised will go toward upgrading technology for the school. Tax deduction receipts can be issued upon request.

The Jog-a-thon will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the school, 1151 SE Miller Ave. It is a fun event where students raise money for the school and can earn prizes for their work.

Students, teachers, and parents will jog, walk, run and wheel around the school gym for 15 minutes, completing as many laps as possible.

Donation checks can be sent to: Whitworth PTC, Whitworth Elementary School, 1151 SE Miller Ave., Dallas, OR 97338. The school office phone number is 503-623-8351.


Hazardous waste

disposal offered

The cities of Dallas, Independence, Monmouth and Salem will co-co-sponsor a household hazardous waste collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Riverview Park.

The event allows resident citizens to bring their hazardous household chemicals to the site for free disposal.

Businesses and farms can also use the service, but must pre-register for the event and will be charged a small fee for disposal.

Items that can be accepted include pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paints, poisons, acids, caustic cleaners and other toxic household chemicals.

Items that can't be accepted include motor oil and automobile batteries.

To register as a business or farm: 1-253-288-2813. For more information: Jim Solvedt, 503-623-9237.


Soup/Pie Sale

set for Oct. 18

The Monmouth Senior Center's semiannual community Soup and Pie Sale is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. A big variety of homemade soups and pies will be served for $2 per item, and beverages are included.

Volunteers for setup, cooking, serving and other jobs are needed; call the center at 503-838-5678 or stop in at 180 S. Warren St.


This week's road

work sites listed

Polk County road improvement work continues with the following projects scheduled this week:

* West Ellendale Avenue, Robb Mill Road, Pioneer Road and Reuben Boise Road - shoulder rock leveling through Friday, Oct. 5. Motorists can expect minimal delays.

* Mistletoe Road (Dallas

end) - Repaving through Friday, Oct. 5. Motorists will wait for pilot cars.

* Perrydale Road South and Orchard Knob Road - Repaving on Thursday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 6. Motorists will wait for pilot cars.

* Highway 223 between Dallas and Airlie Road - Grinding on bridge decks and intersections through Friday, Oct. 5. Expect delays.

* Cooper Hollow Road - repaving through Wednesday, Oct. 3. Motorists will wait for pilot cars.

* James Howe Road - spot paving through Wednesday, Oct. 3. Expect delays.


Gun Club Road

bridge meeting due

Community members are encouraged to attend an open house on Oct. 10 to hear about or suggest possible improvements to the Gun Club Road bridge in Independence.

The meeting will start at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 240 Monmouth St. The bridge project would address, among other things, the frequent closures that occur as a result of flooding on Ash Creek during the winter.

For more information: City Hall at 503-838-1212 or Jim Greenman of CSA Consulting Engineers at 503-228-3848.


First Friday features

students singing

Family-friendly fun is on the agenda for this month's First Friday at the Pearl Center in Dallas.

Maria Loving, a local piano and voice instructor, will perform old standards alongside her students.

Organizers said this First Friday event is for all ages and is a great way to welcome autumn with friends and family. Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be for sale by Spike's Dogs.

The music will start at 7 p.m. and run for an hour.

For more information: the Pearl Center, 857 Main St., 503-831-1341.


Grand opening

for Dallas store

Ray's Home & Garden store at 742 Main St. in Dallas will have a grand opening celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and invites the public to stop in and meet the staff. Refreshments will be served.


Clinic has flu shots

Flu shots are available for patients of Independence-Monmouth Family Medicine, 1430 Monmouth St., its staff announced. The office number is 503-838-1133.


Blessing of Animals

A "Blessing of the Animals" will be conducted in Monmouth at about 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at St. Hilda's Episcopal Church, 245 Main St. W. The event honors Francis of Assisi, patron saint to all animals, and is open to the public.

Besides domestic cats and dogs, animals such as rabbits, birds and an occasional horse have been blessed. For more information: David Falconer, 503-606-9473.

Regular church services will be conducted at their scheduled time, prior to the event.


Planning under way

for DHS senior party

All parents of Dallas High School Class of 2008 students are invited to begin planning the Senior All Night Drug and Alcohol-Free All Night Party at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the LaCreole Middle School library, 701 SE LaCreole Drive.

For more information: Kathy Thomas, 503-623-7752


PTC benefit set

Ugo's Pizza at 967 Main St. in Dallas will host a fund raiser for the Oakdale Heights Elementary School Parent-Teacher Club from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. All dine-in sales during that time will benefit the PTC.


Pam Scharf honored

Pam Scharf, secretary for the Polk County office of OSU Extension Service, received the Exemplary Employee Award for classified staff at the annual OSU University Day celebration last month.


Regalado fund raiser

Figaro's Pizza at 242 Main St. in Dallas will host a fund raiser for the Ashley Regalado medical fund on Monday, Oct. 15. All dine-in sales during that time will benefit Ashley, who is in Doernbecher Hospital with bone cancer.


Rhody expert slated

Hank Helm, plant explorer and author, will be the featured speaker when the Willamette Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at First Methodist Church in Salem. Helm will share photos and locations of five western rhododendron species, and the public is invited.


After School Club

starts at library

Monmouth Public Library has started an After School Club for second- and third-graders. It will meet for about an hour on the first Thursday of every other month, beginning Oct. 4. Book news, crafts, games and other activities will be featured. For more information: Krist Obrist, 503-751-0182.


Radio meet Oct. 27

A major event for amateur radio buffs in the area is the fall swap meet, called "Swaptoberfest," set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. It's a combination of ham radio convention, with a focus on emergency communications, and a radio/electronics swap meet. The public is invited.


Site council openings

Dallas High School has volunteer positions open for parent representation on its Site Council. The council is comprised of staff, students and parents who meet monthly for the primary purpose of school improvement.

Dallas High School parents who have a desire to serve a one-year term should send a letter of interest by Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007 to: Dallas High School, c/o Site Council Chair, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas, OR 97338.


Locals in pageant

Deanna Burkey and Kylee Lyman, both of Dallas, were selected to participate in the Nationals Inc. "Miss Teen Portland" pageant on Sunday, Oct. 14.

They will compete with other girls ages 10 to 19 in modeling routines which include casual and formal wear. Judges will base their decisions largely on personality, followed by interviewing skills.

The winner will represent the Portland area in the Cities Of America competition in December in Orlando, Fla.


Broker gets CMPS


Jeff Laeng, a broker with Avenue Mortgage in Dallas, has passed examinations to earn the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist rating from the CMPS Institute of Ann Arbor, Mich..

The designation makes Laeng one of a select few in Oregon with expertise in financial market, cash flow, debt and real estate investment analyses, along with real estate equity manangement.



ban lifted

The seasonal prohibition on open burning on farm land and in backyards has been lifted for the season.

The Fire Defense Board of Polk County, which comprises all of the rural, municipal and district fire agencies in the county and the Oregon Department of Forestry, ended the ban on Monday.

For more information: 503-838-2020.


Speakers can help

with ballot confusion

The League of Women Voters of Marion and Polk counties will present the pros and cons of Ballot Measures 49 and 50 in two Salem programs this month.

Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Keith Brown Building Materials' conference room, 775 Front St. NE; and at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Sally Hollemon residence, 3335 Crestview Dr. S.

The meetings are provided as a free service to voters by the League, which also provides a nonpartisan voters' guide on ballot measures and candidates as well as a speakers' bureau on ballot measures.

Any organization which would like a speaker from the League to present an unbiased overview of the ballot measures may contact the Voter Service Committee Chairs: Sharon Johnson, 503-510-2291 or, or Lucia Norris, 503-581-4132 or

For more information:


Green Enterprise

workshop slated

"Growing Green Enterprise," a workshop on environmentally conscious business development, will be conducted on Oct. 18 at Western Oregon University.

The event is part of a series of regional workshops coordinated by the Entrepreneurs of Baltimore and EcoVentures International.

It is being locally hosted by the City of Independence and sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation.

The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Pacific Room of the Werner University Center. There is no cost to attend. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Space is limited, however. To register and view a list of speakers, go to

There will be numerous presentations on green enterprise development, identifying market niches and how environmentally sustainable business ventures relate to overall community revitalization.


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