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6/10 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The severe thunderstorm of June 4 seemed to land on MI Town like the proverbial ton of bricks. It served to remind us how fortunate we are to live in our wonderful Willamette Valley, where storms like this are the exception instead of the rule.

For Midwesterners, wild weather is all part of the summertime experience, and many barbecues and picnics are abruptly ended during thunderstorms.

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Now that school is out -- and those long, lazy days are ahead of us -- it's time to think about the pleasures of summertime reading.

Robin Puccetti and Krist Obrist from the Independence and Monmouth libraries, respectively, have planned some outstanding programs for readers from toddlers to adults. All that's missing is you. Stop by your library and see what's happening.

Local merchants have generously contributed prizes for various reading categories and will be providing treats for all participants as well.

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The Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association is presenting a benefit performance of "Meanwhile, Back at Moonfall" Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Moonfall Theater, located at 11440 Orrs Corner Road near Dallas.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served before the program and dessert at intermission. Ticket prices are $18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Patty at 503-302-2602 or Eleanor at 503-838-0014.

The hard working MICAA volunteers do so much to help during our Western Days festivities as well as other events throughout the year.

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Sometimes it's hard to believe that even in MI Town -- a place where almost everybody knows your name -- people can do some pretty rotten things. Recently, a man stepped away from his personal laptop computer for a few minutes at the Monmouth Public Library, and it was stolen. If you're the thief -- or if you know who is -- please ask that it be taken back to the library so it can be returned to its rightful owner.

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The Monmouth Senior Center welcomes all music lovers -- whether they play an instrument, like to sing or just enjoy listening -- to a new music jam program on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. The center is located at 180 S. Warren St. in Monmouth.

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It's not too early to think about MI Town's upcoming Western Days celebration, which begins Thursday, July 2, and continues through Sunday, July 5.

Western Days T-shirts are available for $10 each at Linen Warehouse and the Liquor Store in Independence, and Rick's Place and Petals and Vines in Monmouth.

There are so many events planned that it will be quite an adventure to try to attend everything, but we can give it our best efforts. Our local businesses and merchants will have bright and shining posters displayed, and the Itemizer-Observer will publish more information soon.

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