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Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My unabashed enthusiasm for college football has only grown since we've become WOU season ticket holders, and this year's lineup of home games looks like a winner. Coach Arne Ferguson and his staff are working with a talented group of young athletes who promise a great season for fans of all ages.

What a wonderful way to support our very own Wolves and enjoy a good football game right here in MI Town. Saturday evening's game with Willamette University (a 23-9 victory for the Wolves) was only the beginning of what promises to be another great season.

And while we're on the subject, it was a reminder that it is indeed the beginning of another Beaver football season as we watched the parade of cars on Highway 99W en route to Corvallis for the OSU-Utah game last Thursday.

We were enjoying dinner with friends and not involved in the slow movement of traffic, so it was all fun and laughter and cheering for the Beavers.

Coach Mike Riley's team looked good in their season opener, and Beaver fans have an exciting schedule of games on tap this fall. As long as I can remember, Beaver and Duck fans too have made their pilgrimages down 99W for home football games, and it's great to see such enthusiasm.

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Fall also means it's time to watch for students of all ages as they walk to and from school. All those big yellow school buses will be sharing the roads with us in the early morning and late afternoons, carrying their precious cargo - our children and grandchildren - for the next nine months, and we need to be extra careful while driving.

School zone speed limits are also in effect, and since our law officers can't be everywhere all the time, it's necessary that we observe the speed limits and drive carefully in school zones.

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We enjoyed the Concerts in the Park series during July and August - and we will miss those special Wednesday evenings gathering with friends and neighbors while listening to the entertainers and enjoying picnic suppers or snacks. These events don't just happen by themselves, and a hearty thank you goes to those who worked so hard to provide special evenings for us.

One way to show appreciation is to remember to patronize our local businesses and merchants who do so many good things for all of us in MI Town.

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For everyone who has been waiting for those wonderful apples - it's that time of year! Whether you choose from the varieties available from local supermarkets, booths at farmers' markets, or picking from your own backyard trees to make your very special cider, pies or applesauce, it's definitely the season. Our Willamette Valley apples provide all the goodness of the seasons in one crisp bite.

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