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4/1 M-I Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I'd like to send a bulletin from MI Town to Mother Nature that, in case she has been busy with other weather-related issues and hasn't noticed our frosty mornings, it's springtime and we'd like to put away our heavy winter coats, scarves and gloves until next winter. We're eager to get the garden space tilled and flower beds planted soon.

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A wise woman once told me that we worry altogether too much about national politics and conflicts around the world. What really matters most is whether our utilities work, the garbage service is reliable, we have a good library, and that our communities are safe.

The recent Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet showcased people and organizations that make us proud to know them and to be their neighbors. Our Western Oregon University, Central School District, and private and charter school students give us confidence that our future is in good and capable hands.

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 4, for the Community Breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St. Bring the entire family and your appetites and enjoy scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy for $5 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds go to the building fund. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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One of the most valuable and important things in a child's life is to have someone spend time with them. Most of us have time and talents we never realized we possessed until we shared them with someone else.

Georgia Richmond, the Family Outreach Coordinator for the Prime Time After School Program, is looking for volunteers to share their time and energy with children from 3 to 5 p.m. on school days.

Call Georgia at 503-606-2339 or 503-910-9593 for more information and to help make a difference for MI Town's most precious resources. If you can spare an hour or two, it could possibly be the best time you'll have all week.

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In these scary economic times, resources for education are limited and students need help with funding. Ryan West, a Western Oregon University graduate and now the assistant director of financial aid at WOU, recently received the "Unsung Hero" award from his peers at the Oregon Association of Financial Aid Administrators for his outstanding service to university students. Thank you, Ryan, for your service and dedication.

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Tuesday night's performance of the Portland Baroque Orchestra was the last concert of the season for the Smith Fine Arts Series, and it was an outstanding program. The series gives us an opportunity to enjoy world-class entertainment right here in MI Town and the programs are so enjoyable. Call 503-838-8333 for ticket information about next season's performances.

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