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Wednesday, April 30

 

Senate hopefuls seek support

MONMOUTH - Four of the candidates vying for one of Oregon's U.S. Senate seats pleaded their cases for public support during a forum at Western Oregon University on April 24.

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City, students interact at CHS

INDEPENDENCE - A crowd had gathered on the bleachers inside the Central High School gymnasium the morning of April 22, not for a game or pep rally, but a lesson in civics.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thursday is the first day of May ... and not a moment too soon for most of us in MI Town. April showers are one thing, but we've grown tired of snowflakes piling up on the deck and the daily downpours. It's time we were able to get out to tend our flowers and lawns.

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Monmouth Senior Center plans on hold

MONMOUTH - A proposed expansion of the Monmouth Senior Center has hit a stumbling block in the form of age and residency provisions connected to potential funding from the Oregon Community Development Department.

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Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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It's a Celebration of Faith

The community is invited to the Faith Christian School's annual dinner auction. It opens for registration at 5 p.m. Friday. Dinner at 6 p.m. includes chicken and homemade side dishes and desserts.

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Dallas school officials will seek voters' help

DALLAS - Dallas School District officials on April 24 said they need $2.9 million in repairs and upgrades and a new high school. They hope to convince voters to approve funding those items with a bonded tax levy that may be on the November ballot.

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Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question: I am eager to plant my flowering sweet peas now that the cold seems to be gone. In the past I have used wire or twine. The problem with the wire is the vines started to die, which I think was caused by the wire getting too hot. And the twine became stretched out once it got damp. Is there another material I can use to string my flowering vine sweet peas?

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Business Notebook

Nicassio is promoted - Matt Nicassio has been promoted to banking center supervisor at the Monmouth branch of Oregon First Community Credit Union. Nicassio, a longtime resident of Monmouth, is a graduate of Oregon State University. Oregon First, established in 1957, has 21 offices throughout Oregon.

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4/30 Editorials

*Dallas faces tough budget decisions* May primary election worthy of your time

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Bridge subject of celebration

POLK COUNTY - Friends of Ritner Creek Bridge are inviting everyone who loves the bridge to share in celebrating its restoration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

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Dallas woman to swim 10,000 yards for Relay for Life

DALLAS - It's one thing to challenge yourself. But when that challenge involves swimming 10,000 yards - nearly six miles - to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Polk County, one wonders who would do such a thing.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Snow in April. Yes, enough to make the ground white if you were up in time to see it on April 20. It was all gone by church time in Pedee.

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4/30 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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4/30 Letters to the editor

*It's time to bring our troops home*Early immigrants got little help*Butterfield has what it takes*Clinton is best choice for Dems*Fagan's leadership a strong attribute*Felton has needed experience for job*WWII veterans deserve our thanks*Longtime resident ready to serve*Former president best of the best*Felton has plan for DA office

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Faith Christian plans celebration

DALLAS - When Nadine Garber agreed to help continue Faith Evangelical Free Church's fledgling preschool in 1983, she had no idea that 25 years later she'd be celebrating the anniversary of a school that has educated more than 1,000 students.

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Thursday, April 24

              

Tuesday, April 22

 

DA candidates state their cases

MONMOUTH - Being aggressive in bringing criminal cases to trial and strengthening ties with community health organizations are among the chief goals of the candidates vying to become the next Polk County District Attorney.

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Crash injures local man

POLK COUNTY - A Pedee-area man was seriously injured last week in a single-car accident on Kerber Road near Kings Valley Highway.

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Law triggers officials' resignations

POLK COUNTY - At least 10 area planning commissioners have quit their volunteer positions this month, unhappy over a new state law that asks public officials to give the state more information about their possible conflicts of interest.

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Community notebook

*Pentacle Theatre hosts fundraiser*Senior music jam on tap Thursday*ACHIEVE plans open house Friday*Tree planting will honor Arbor Day*Rummage sale aids local Relay For Life*Exhibit to feature Dallas residents*Dallas church sets Friday concert*Talent in Falls City to be showcased*Items needed for RFL fundraiser*Self-publishing seminar scheduled*Horse club to host clinic on mustangs*Monmouth author plans book signing*Polk health board schedules meeting*British gardener to speak at nursery*Arboretum group sets weekend event

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4/23 Letters to the editor

*SAVE Act worthy of our support*Students make strong impression*Experience makes Felton good choice*West Salem paving requires caution*Program benefits senior center*City shouldn't cut activities program*Don't eliminate activity coordinator*Retiring school counselor praised*Butterfield has solid background*Students should always come first*One D.A. candidate emerges as best*Area food program thankful of grant*Candidates won't be biased if elected

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Paul and Arlene Kovash drove to Hermiston on April 11 so that Paul could attend the April 12 meeting of the State County Fair Commission.

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City faces key cuts to budget

DALLAS - Expenses are up, income is down, and as a result, Dallas officials are proposing to balance the 2008-2009 city budget by cutting the equivalent of five staff positions.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Springtime in MI Town is proof to all of us that Mother Nature has many tricks up her proverbial sleeve. Given the opportunity, she will show everyone just who is in charge.

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Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting notice to the Itemizer-Observer, send it at least two weeks before the meeting date via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Dirt bike track eyes permit from county

DALLAS - A longtime youth dirt bike track has been closed pending a land-use permit hearing before the hearings officer of the Polk County Community Development Department.

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Community health fair is Thursday

INDEPENDENCE - Talmadge Middle School is hosting its fourth annual Community Health Fair on Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school gym and cafeteria.

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Kindergarten registration set in Dallas

DALLAS - A kindergarten orientation and registration session for the 2008-09 school year is set for Thursday, May 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at all three Dallas elementary schools.

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4/23 Community calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the event date to the Itemizer-Observer by fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Students make a difference on trip

Located in Vietnam's Bac Ninh province, the Huong La - Home for Abandoned and Disabled Children houses 15 individuals - ages 4 to 97 - with severe physical or emotional disabilities.

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Learning the importance of food

DALLAS - Students at Whitworth Elementary School have a better understanding of where their food comes from and know the importance of good nutrition after spending a day learning about Oregon agriculture.

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Sharing the message of the blind

DALLAS - Walking into a small classroom at Lyle Elementary School, she quickly takes a seat. She speaks quietly, which brings the class of wide-eyed first-graders to a silence.

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Fromherz earns music scholarship

DALLAS - Rebecca Fromherz, a soprano from Dallas, is the recipient of the 2008 Lillian and Paul Petri Foreign Music Study Award from the Benton County Foundation.

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Thursday, April 17

               

Wednesday, April 16



Organizers cancel jet boat races

BUENA VISTA - Plans to stage a series of jet boat races on the Willamette and Santiam rivers during the Memorial Day Weekend have been shelved by race organizers.

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Tuesday, April 15

   

MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Poets and song writers have extolled the wonders of Paris in the springtime for generations now, and sipping champagne from a caf‚ located in the Eiffel Tower is something never to be forgotten.

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$32,000 awarded to local groups

DALLAS - The Dallas Community Foundation awarded grants to 16 organizations on April 9 as part of its annual presentation of funds to area nonprofit groups.

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4/16 Letters to the Editor

*Felton supported in Polk D.A. race*Early immigrants received little help*Residents welcome upcoming road fix*Recipients thankful for book donations*Driver in crash thankful for help*Generosity benefits Dallas Food Bank*Butterfield gets nod for experience*Paying taxes just doesn't feel right*Reaction in store was uncalled for

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Swimming hole issue riles Falls City

FALLS CITY - Like her father and grandfather before her, Heather Diehm, 24, has lived in Falls City all her life and has been swimming at the city's namesake falls for as long as she can remember.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Community Notebook

*Dallas Summerfest seeking sponsors*Political candidates to gather Thursday*LaCreole to stage play this weekend *Vendors sought for area farmers markets*Health, wellness event is Saturday*LMS parent-teacher group meets Monday*Local fundraiser for Relay for Life *Lions Club honors Dallas resident*Senate candidates to debate at WOU

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The white Easter lily decorations in the Pedee Memorial Church windows and the arrangement on the organ and piano were still pretty for the services April 6.

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School board tabs prebond management

DALLAS - Milstead & Associates Inc. of Clackamas was awarded the contract for prebond construction management services by the Dallas School District Board of Directors at its Monday evening meeting.

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Buena vista Ferry opens

BUENA VISTA - The Buena Vista Ferry resumes normal seasonal operating hours along the Willamette River beginning today (Wednesday, April 16).

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4/16 Editorials

*State dropout rate news isn't all bad* Local grants help make county a special place

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Organizers cancel jet boat races

BUENA VISTA - Plans to stage a series of jet boat races on the Willamette and Santiam rivers during the Memorial Day Weekend have been shelved by race organizers.

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City LID plan on hold due to costs

INDEPENDENCE - Plans for a proposed local improvement district (LID) that would fund enhancements to some blighted areas of Independence have been put on hiatus following an outcry from property owners who say it will cost them tens of thousands of dollars.

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4/16 Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Historical Society sets honors

RICKREALL - The Polk County Historical Society will present awards of appreciation at its annual recognition ceremony Saturday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.

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Thursday, April 10

                

Wednesday, April 9



Not the typical game of golf

MONMOUTH - Tyler Trinh and four of his buddies have finished classes on a rare sunny spring day in Monmouth. What is there to do?

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Tuesday, April 8



Pedee News: Nola Womer

Wes and Carla Burbank and Shelly Taylor went to Gresham to have dinner with their granddaughter and Shelly's daughter, Justina Taylor, and her friend, Brian Sparks, on March 22.

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Role model inspires, defines success

MONMOUTH - Kamar Haji-Mohamed's family immigrated to Portland from Somalia when she was young. The middle child of her six siblings, she graduated from Portland State University in 2007.

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MINET success comes at a cost

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE - The Monmouth-Independence Network (MINET) is now generating more monthly revenue than expenses, thanks to a greater-than-predicted number of subscribers in the two communities.

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Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Mayors host contest for students

The Oregon Mayors Association is conducting its annual "If I Were Mayor ..." contest for students at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels, including home-schoolers.

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Council supports rec district plan

MONMOUTH - A resolution supporting the creation of a special district designed to raise funds to build a new community recreation facility for Monmouth and Independence has been approved by the City Council.

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Dallas woman earns a tall honor indeed

DALLAS - At 6-feet, 1 inch, Linda Marshall, a Polk County Sheriff's deputy, is not surprised that she qualifies for the Portland Skyliners Tall Club, a social club for tall people.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer by fax at 503-623-2395 or e-mail at kholland@eaglenewspapers.com.

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Community Notebook

*DHS hosts drivers ed course*Digital photo class offered*Tickets on sale for concerts*Nominations open for heroes*Citizen involvement group seeks members*Area amateur radio group meets Thursday*4-H leader forum scheduled in Dallas*Youth association plans benefit dinner*PCHS Blossom Drive set for this Saturday*Cook-off will benefit Relay for Life team*Arc of Polk plans spring potluck event*Geranium sale aids DHS senior party*Emotional linguistic training scheduled*Writers seminar set to be held at WOU*Regalado fundraiser April 15 at Ugo's*Personal writing workshop offered*Candidate forum is set for April 17*Annual fundraiser planned by LVCS*Gem, mineral show on tap at fairgrounds*Garden club slates annual spring bazaar*AARP offers driving safety instruction

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Food Share serves 7,400 lunches over spring break

Marion-Polk Food Share, in cooperation with area school districts, Polk and Marion counties, and other community partners, was able to serve more than 7,400 free lunches to kids ages 1-18 during the March 24-28 spring break.

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Letters to the Editor

*Country dogs running loose*Do Pioneer Road repairs correctly*Reader appreciates "Trophy Corner"*Felton best choice for district attorney*Doggie doo-doo ... and doggie don'ts*Butterfield earns support for office*Swim club event makes a splash*Many in area love hunting, fishing*Donation helps spruce up school

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Landowners asked to help in fish count

POLK COUNTY - When he's working, Steve Trask might be mistaken for giant fish or a bright blue otter. But Trask and his crew are coming to Polk and Benton counties this summer to do a very human task.

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Geographic Bee title eludes local students

MONMOUTH - More than 100 Oregon fourth- through eighth-graders - including three from Polk County - participated in the State Geographic Bee, held Friday, April 4, at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

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Wednesday, April 2

   

Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Tuesday, April 1

 

Theives nearly ruin Easter for church

MONMOUTH - Monmouth Police are searching for individuals who recently pilfered thousands of dollars worth of musical and audio equipment from Monmouth Christian Church.

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Accident delays 99W traffic

MONMOUTH - Traffic was delayed for more than an hour on the afternoon of March 27 on Highway 99W just north of Hoffman Road near Monmouth while medical and police officials extracted the victim from a crash that narrowly missed being a deadly head-on collision.

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Program targets energy efficiency

MONMOUTH - Monmouth Power & Light (MPL) is one of a handful of utilities in the Pacific Northwest cooperating with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) on a pilot project involving the use of energy efficient heating and cooling systems.

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Fiddlers' state event due

RICKREALL - The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association will conduct its annual state convention April 10-12 at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

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4/2 Letters to the Editor

*National defense is government's job*A way to join fight against poverty*Polk communities deliver for Goodwill*Some people give Hispanics bad rap*We all pay to support schools*Government gets blame for economy*Community art program is great*Gathering place is a warm spot*Planning for state birthday under way*WVH employees deserve thanks

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New cafe is a place to gather

DALLAS - Almost four years from now, Rod and Caroline Buchanan will be celebrating the first anniversary of their new business venture, The Salon Cafe ... and Gathering Place.

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Community Notebook

*Next sessions start for local karate class*Cemetery district to meet Thursday*Tamale sale will aid Relay for Life*Monmouth Library showing movie*Church to host music performance*Breakfast to benefit Dallas seniors fund*Canine competition set for fairgrounds*Library schedules eBay workshop*Adult garden class planned at library*Daffodil Festival set this weekend*Sunday talent show benefits food bank*`Curiosity Auction' scheduled April 6*After-school art program resumes*Children's choir seeking members*Tax help available through local AARP*ARMD support group to meet in Monmouth*Model aircraft club to gather on April 10*Donations sought for Sable House

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Garden's mission is to ease hunger

DALLAS - Grace Baptist Church of Dallas has always had a mission. For the past few years, the church has raised money to fill a truck full of supplies and drove it to a village in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Clinton visits Willamette Valley

SALEM - In an attempt to bolster Oregon support for his wife's presidential bid, former President Bill Clinton paid a visit to Chemeketa Community College in Salem on Monday.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Let's hope the new month of April will bring real springlike weather to MI Town and we'll be able to put away the parkas and heavy woolens until at least November.

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City takes graffiti battle to web site

INDEPENDENCE - A graffiti education guide has been added to the city of Independence's web site as part of an effort to help stave off the increase in the amount of graffiti vandalism the community has experienced during the past two years.

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Master Gardners seek yard art for plant sale

POLK COUNTY - Start digging ... the search is on. Polk County Master Gardeners are accepting donations of "yard art" for the Polk County OSU Master Gardener's Country Store and 18th annual Plant Sale.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

The Easter sunrise service on March 23 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was greeted by rain, so the early arrivals held the service in the church foyer facing the east. More than 50 attended the Easter breakfast.

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Election drop site resolved

WEST SALEM - Polk County residents living in West Salem will no longer be able to cast their ballots in boxes at the West Salem Library.

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Kids' clown school offered

A Dallas Community Activities clown school for kids will begin on Wednesday, April 9, at Oakdale Heights Elementary in the multipurpose room.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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