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6/4 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that we've turned the page on the calendar to June, summertime is so close we can almost taste it.

We are dreaming of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill, potato salad and baked beans, gallons of lemonade, and lazy days in the hammock with nothing to do but watch the birds circling overhead and listen to the happy laughter of the neighbor kids playing in the pool down the street. The latest books from MI Town's libraries are within reach.

Sometimes the dreams have to be revised a bit to include dealing with all those pesky weeds in the garden and assembling jars for jelly and jam. The roses are sheer perfection at this time of year, and in the early morning, when we're filling the basket with sweet and fragrant blooms to share with friends and neighbors, the time spent working in the garden is somehow worth every minute.

All the vegetable gardens in MI Town are beginning to look mighty appealing and it won't be long before we can share the bounty with each other. This is only one of the many blessings of life in our wonderful Willamette Valley.

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The Polk County Fairgrounds has been busy with all kinds of activities to provide our communities with much-needed revenue, and a new "Help Wanted" sign recently appeared on the signboard. The Polk County Fair is a great employer for people of all ages, and gives everyone the opportunity to earn a few dollars and work with friends and neighbors for several days this summer.

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The Monmouth Senior Center's monthly community breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, June 7. Begin your busy day by getting together with family, friends and neighbors and enjoy pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and sausage. It's the best bargain in MI Town -- $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. See you there.

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It's the season for high school graduations, and we celebrated MI Town's own Central High School seniors during a wonderful commencement ceremony last Friday evening on the Western Oregon University campus.

It's such a special time to honor our students -- and their parents and family and friends -- as they prepare to go into the future with hopes and dreams and good wishes.

There are so many opportunities just waiting for all of our young residents -- whether to colleges or other schools, the armed forces, or career opportunities in our community or in cities far away. We wish you Godspeed and a wonderful journey to your future.

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One of the best things about living in MI Town is listening to the chimes from the carillon at Western Oregon University as we go on about our busy day. Whether working in the yard or just walking around town, those sounds remind us of the joys of living in such a special community. Lately, the chimes have been silent and we miss them very much. Who can solve the mystery of the missing bells?

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