My name is Jorel A. Blocher. I'm a U.S. Marine currently in Afghanistan.
I recently received a "care box" from a dear friend in Dallas. They used the Itemizer-Observer newspaper to "pack" the box.
Before I joined the Marine Corps, I used to read the Itemizer-Observer every time it came in the mail. I was so happy to have a chance to read the paper again. It made me feel like I was back home (I was born in Dallas and grew up there until age 19; I'm 21 now).
I didn't have all of the March 18 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, but what I did read about was the local artist excited about Native American artwork, Mr. Dallas raising $6,000, and the new Fall City bakery. I've got to try that when we I get back.
I was sad to read about the Dallas Weyerhaeuser mill closing. I'm going to miss the hum of that mill at night.
So much change going on in that small town; so many great things happening.
I am Lance Cpl. Blocher, a U.S. Marine, proud to fight for our freedom and what we have worked so hard for. It's great to know that my hometown, Dallas, Ore., is still doing great things. That is something always worth fighting for.
Jorel A. Blocher
Grant to benefit
The Independence Police Department and Independence Traffic Safety Committee would like to thank our local Dallas Wal-Mart, and especially Kim Scott, for its generous community grant.
The grant money will be used to purchase bicycle, rollerblade and skateboard helmets to be used for our helmet programs. They will be fitted and distributed at several to-be-announced events in Independence.
for Central board
Elect Mary Shellenbarger to Central School District 13J School Board Position 7.
Mary has touched the lives of so many district kids, teachers and families for many years. She knows the needs of the schools from her experience working for Independence Elementary School for 27 years as a teacher's assistant and school librarian before retiring.
Her experience will be an asset during our devastating time of making tough school decisions. Three generations of Mary's family have attended Central District schools.
help on drive
On behalf of LaCreole Parent Teacher Club, I would like to express our thanks to the local citizens for our successful recycling and pop can collection event.
The $425 collected will benefit our fundraising efforts to buy new cafeteria tables. An additional benefit of the drive was the recycling efforts for our community.
I thank the many volunteers who participated in this event. An additional thanks to the city of Dallas for the use of a dump truck.
Food bank benefit
Thank you to all who donated and participated in the March 27-28 "barn sale" fundraiser for the Dallas and Ella Curran food banks.
Beta Sigma Phi Chapters of Dallas, Independence and Monmouth participated, raising more than $1,300.
Special thanks to Rita and Monty Montgomery for the use of their "barn," the Itemizer-Observer for advance publicity of the event, as well as so many others. We couldn't have done it without your support.