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Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The late President Lyndon Baines Johnson once said that people you could go to the well with were treasures above everything else. When pressed for an explanation, he said that on the Texas frontier in the 1800s dangers lurked everywhere, and when settlers went to the well for water they depended on trustworthy people to protect them. Their lives and the lives of loved ones depended on it.

We live in a time and place where getting water is simply a matter of turning on the tap, and the days are long gone when we fear wild animals or cutthroats when we're thirsty. Our communities are protected from dangers by police and firefighters and we live in safety compared to those pioneers who bravely set out for lands unknown.

In MI Town, there are many people you can go to the well with. Our community abounds with men and women who are willing to lend a hand to ease your burden or walk a dark mile beside you. They may be co-workers who work on their day off so a friend can attend a funeral or take care of an ailing relative. They may be neighbors who roll up their sleeves and pitch in to do some heavy lifting when others are unable.

No amount of money or fame can begin to compare to having people in our world who we can count on to step up and help us face a tough task. We are blessed to live in a caring and giving community.

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Unfortunately there are some in MI Town who, for whatever reason, don't take a few seconds to toss coffee containers or other debris into the nearest receptacle, and they end up on the sidewalks.

Our merchants and their employees are busy providing customer service, and certainly shouldn't have to pick up after people as well. It doesn't take but a moment to properly dispose of trash and litter, and our community is better for our efforts.

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Congratulations to Monmouth Elementary School for earning an Exceptional rating from the Oregon Department of Education. The team spirit shown by students, parents, teachers and all the staff members demonstrates what can be accomplished by working together.

Our youngest residents of MI Town are getting an outstanding education - and that's the most important thing of all.

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It's almost time to sample and enjoy the best homemade soups and pies in our neck of the woods - tomorrow is the Soup and Pie Sale at the Monmouth Senior Center. Hours are 11 a.m. until 1:30 pm. And if you're looking for extra special gifts for friends, family or yourself, the Crafter's Corner in the center will be open.

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