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6/3 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar says it's almost summertime in MI Town and we're so enjoying everything that Mother Nature has to offer. We awaken to cool and crisp mornings that turn into warm and sunny afternoons, followed by wonderful twilight and starry evenings.

We rediscovered the hammocks that were put away late last fall. Now we just need to finish all the gardening projects and relax. That's easier said than done.

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From all accounts, everyone enjoyed Memorial Day activities -- whether with friends and family barbecues in the backyard or travel near and far in order to take advantage of the three-day weekend.

Old Glory flew from flagpoles all over MI Town and many of us made trips to the cemetery to honor those who had given their lives in service to our country. Honoring those who served is something we should all think about every day and not just on holidays, when the sun is shining and we are all decked out in red, white and blue.

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Congratulations to MI Town's Class of 2009, who graduated from Central High School Friday evening, May 29.

For those of us who have watched these bright and shining young people grow into responsible adults, it is a bittersweet time of laughter and tears.

That so many high school graduates are seeking jobs or career paths in these uncertain economic times seems to add more challenges than opportunities. Students heading to college in September will face tuition hikes, and those who will serve in our armed services will more than likely be sent to faraway places and in war zones.

We know you are up to facing the tasks ahead, and wish you only the best.

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Don't forget the community breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center on Saturday, June 6, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a good time and share a wonderful meal with friends and family. All ages and appetites are welcome. After breakfast, stop by the farmers market in Independence for all kinds of fresh vegetables, fruits and gift items.

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The recent tragedy at Northgate Park in Salem, where one young man was shot to death and two others were wounded, reminds us that bad things can happen even on a beautiful afternoon.

The reason for this sad event is unknown. Rumors swirl around about possible gang activity or racial overtones, and fear and hatred replace common sense.

Let's all take the time to watch out for each other and care about our youth so it won't happen in MI Town.

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