Stories for October 2009

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Wednesday, October 28

 

Program explores domestic abuse

MONMOUTH -- Katherine Garcia thinks she was 8 years old the first time her father hit her. As the eldest of two siblings, she usually took the brunt of it.

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10/28 Pedee News: Nola Womer

My nephew, Lonnie Shellenbarger of Oregon City, took me to the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service Oct. 18 at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

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TEAM Time goes Hollywood

INDEPENDENCE -- Children and faculty piling into the gym for a "TEAM Time" session with PE teacher Meg Greiner is the norm for mornings at Independence Elementary School.

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MINET requires help with payment

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Monmouth and Independence's municipal cable, phone and Internet utility hasn't earned enough revenue this year to afford an annual payment on a state loan for start-up costs.

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10/28 Police Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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10/28 Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question: Each year we grow pumpkins and sunflowers and think about turning their seeds into snacks. We aren't sure how to go about the process. Can you help?

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10/28 Community Notebook

*Assistance needed with Nov. 21 dinner*Indoor park plans upcoming events*Winery schedules Friday harvest party*Shriners Hospital seeking patients*New church to hold its opening service*Turkey dinner set at Rickreall Grange*Church to celebrate 150th anniversary*Oregon missionary to speak on Sunday*Life story writing workshop to meet*Meeting to discuss local volunteering*School will honor regional veterans*Camp for amateur radio operators set

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10/28 Letters to the Editor

*Just vote 'no' on school request*Flu shot strategy needs adjustment*Dallas barbershop thanks supporters*Progressive vision lacking in Dallas*Education not taken for granted*Drivers must know pedestrian laws*Parent in favor of school bond*School bond is a worthy investment*Justice's family thanks community*Think about kids, vote yes on bond*Property owners, inform yourselves*Act of kindness truly appreciated

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10/28 News in Brief

*Fire district seeking volunteers*Traffic change due in Monmouth*Retiring employee to be honored*Hospital planning family health fair

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A very good year

POLK COUNTY -- Processors and winemakers at Cristom Vineyards ended work last week with a toast. Not with wine glasses in hand, but bottles of micro-brewed beer.

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WOU gearing up for homecoming

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's football game against Humboldt State this Saturday is obviously the main attraction during the annual homecoming and family weekend -- but it's certainly not the only one.

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10/28 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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10/28 Corrections

In a story headlined "Economy puts strain on organization," which started on Page 1A and continued onto Page 12A of the Oct. 21 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, an incorrect phone number was listed for Sable House. The correct number is 503-623-6703. The I-O regrets the error.

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10/28 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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10/28 OBITUARIES

*Grant William Pauls*Lloyd La'Var' Kempton*Harold 'Hal' Eugene Secrest*Betty Lou Smith*Ellen Adell Leinonen*'Monty' Montgomery Palaniuk*Helen 'Joy' Gilmer*Delora Rosalee Pierce*Dorothy Marie Anderson*Patricia Jean Butolph*Herman P. Schrag*Juanita Mae West Goodspeed*Onslow S. Althaus

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School bond ballots due

POLK COUNTY -- Registered voters residing within the Dallas School District have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, to return their ballot for the November vote-by-mail special election.

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Wednesday, October 21

 

Final yard debris drop off planned

MONMOUTH -- Brandt's Sanitary Service will accept dropoff yard debris from customers for the final time this year on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marr Bros., 875 Pacific Ave. S., in Monmouth.

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10/21 Correction

In a caption that accompany a photograph headlined "Colorful Calendar Art," which appeared on Page 12A of the Oct. 14 Itemizer-Observer, Ellie Carson's name was misspelled. The Itemizer-Observer regrets the error.

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10/21 News in Brief

*Signature gatherers close in on goal*Dallas school bond question clarified*City street fee meetings to continue*Emergency preparedness class set

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Sex abuser gets 18-year sentence

POLK COUNTY -- A Salem man was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Oct. 15 for sexually abusing his young daughter while they were living in Grand Ronde in 2005.

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'Godspell' all about improvisation

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Improvisation is the key characteristic of Central High's fall musical, "Godspell" -- in both its actual performance and preparation for the play, which kicks of its second four-day run today (Wednesday, Oct. 21).

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Council seeks grant for plan update

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council on Monday night agreed to allow Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments to apply for a grant to assist the city in updating its comprehensive plan.

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10/21 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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10/21 Community Notebook

*Polk sportsmen's group to meet*Monthly music jam slated for Thursday*Poetry reading planned Oct. 22*Women's health topic of gathering*Church schedules annual fall bazaar*Fundraiser donors, sponsors sought*Scrapbooking event scheduled Oct. 25*'Open barn' planned by A Child's Haven*Halloween pet event scheduled by WHS*Next 'Total Fitness' class begins Oct. 26*Community hunger subject of forum*Grief support group meets on Tuesdays*WOU talk focuses on college goals*Sable House seeks local volunteers*Service club plans information event*Meals for seniors available in area

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10/21 OBITUARIES

*Jim Eaves*Ronald Alton Reid*Darrell 'Robb' Mapes*Donald 'Don' Townsend LeGrand*Dustinn 'Dusty' Lee Gibson*Wilfred Edmond Linneman*Jody Cooley*Montford 'Monte' Hammond*Evangeline 'Vangie' Marjorie Harthun*Grant Pauls*Lavar Kempton*Betty Lou Smith

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Annexations crucial to cities' water supply

INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence City Council on Oct. 13 approved annexations of nearly 40 acres that will play a role in future drinking water supplies for Independence and neighboring Monmouth.

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10/21 Police Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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10/21 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Oct. 11 was uneventful. The sun was not very bright. One could still locate Bald Mountain. Many of the trees were bright with their autumn leaves.

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10/21 Letters to the Editor

*Panther Auction proves a winner*Dragon Run help much appreicated*Voters can make a difference*Retiree supports local school bond*Bambinos thank their supporters*Questions about county flu shots*Investment in our schools is needed*Schools deserve bond 'yes' vote*Youth golf camp thanks Oak Knoll*Congress' actions are irresponsible*Thanks for care concerning pet*Street fee plan should go to vote

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10/21 Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day programs. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

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10/21 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Wednesday, October 14

           

County property taxes on the rise

POLK COUNTY -- Tax statements will be mailed to Polk County residents on Friday, Oct. 23, and there's bad news for property owners -- your tax bill likely is going up.

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County lists 'most wanted'

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Community Corrections lists these individuals as "most wanted" for October. Citizens with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals can call Community Corrections at 503-623-5226.

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Holiday event listings due

It's the time of year to start gearing up for holiday events, including arts and crafts fairs, bazaars and greens shows. Polk County offers a large variety of these events throughout November and December.

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10/14 OBITUARIES

*Paul Allen Hartline*Anna K. Hooge Reimer*Neodasha Wilhelmina Chap*Alice James Badley*John E. DeFigh*Jeannette Retan Jarecke*Dorothy Bynum*Pat Baragary*Jody Cooley*Dustinn 'Dusty' Lee Gibson

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Signing helps ELL students

MONMOUTH -- Kindergartners in Michelle Doring's bilingual class at Ash Creek Elementary School crowd around for a reading exercise, a tale about a Dalmatian named "Dot the Fire Dog."

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10/14 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Polk students find trip rewarding

ADAIR VILLAGE -- When a group of 21 high school students from Santiam Christian School embarked on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, their goal was to give.

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10/14 Community Notebook

*Soup, pie on menu during fundraiser*Friday fundraiser for cancer victim*'Read to the Dog' returns to library*Historical Society to meet Saturday*'Treasure carnival' at aquatic center*Gospel concert booked for Oct. 18*Canine influenza seminar scheduled*Cancer awareness event set Oct. 19*'Teen Read Week' coming to library*Smokefree housing workshop planned*Six-week parenting class scheduled*Novel writing class offered at Western*ICAN belly dancing program continues*Polk Democrats to host play benefit*Personal finance class scheduled*Literacy program seeking volunteers

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FC Garden Club marks 60 years

FALLS CITY -- If you like the landscaping around the Falls City welcome sign or at the Wagner Community Library, thank the Falls City Garden Club.

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10/14 Police Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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H1N1 clinic

Polk County Public Health will be offering its first H1N1 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the main building of the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

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Watershed council's work recognized

MONMOUTH -- Three regional groups this month are honoring the Luckiamute Watershed Council for its restoration and conservation work in southern Polk and northern Benton counties.

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10/14 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Sheriff's program seeks volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office has openings for adults who have a strong commitment in serving their community as a volunteer with the department's S.A.L.T. program.

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City reaches deal with BPA

MONMOUTH -- City officials agreed to a contract with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) that makes Monmouth Power & Light (MP&L) more responsible for managing future customer demand.

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10/14 Correction

In a news item that appeared under the "Business Notebook" heading on Page 3A of the Oct. 7 Itemizer-Observer, the incorrect business address was reported for Dallas City Barbershop. The correct address is 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 502. The I-O regrets the error.

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Friday, October 9

                

Thursday, October 8



Wednesday, October 7



WOU breaks ground on center

MONMOUTH -- Officials at Western Oregon University broke ground on the upcoming $30 million health and wellness center on Monday, Oct. 5.

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Hospital operator seeks input

SALEM -- Salem Health, the operator of Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital, wants your input on how to improve its service to the community.

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10/7 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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10/7 Business Notebook

Dallas City Barbershop recently celebrated its grand opening at 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 502, in the Ellendale Plaza.

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10/7 Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day programs. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

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10/7 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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10/7 Correction

Thomas Castle was misidentified in a mug shot that accompanied the Falls City High School homecoming salute on Page 15A of the Sept. 30 issue of the Itemizer-Observer. We regret the error.

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ODOT plans 99W open house

MONMOUTH -- The Oregon Department of Transportation will host an open house on Thursday, Oct. 8, to display and discuss potential solutions to problem intersections on Highway 99W from Monmouth to Rickreall.

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Gas mains being replaced around Rickreall

POLK COUNTY -- The gathering of trucks and heavy equipment next to Highway 22 near the interchange with Highway 99W isn't another paving project. It's maintenance work of a different sort.

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10/7 Police Report

Information for the police and court report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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10/7 Letters to the Editor

*Dallas school bond makes good sense*Thanks for Food Bank site support*Two young riders show awareness*Schools can't go without repairs*Good people hurt by senseless act*Tries to help, but gets no response*Rickreall EMTs are impressive*County lets down Pioneer Road folks

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10/7 OBITUARIES

*Donald Leroy Brixius*Charlotte Pursel Owens*Antonio Valencia-Amezcua*Raymond A. Lewis*Delene M. Rold*Ronald Gene Helgeson*Margaret 'Peggy' Tucker

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10/7 Community Notebook

*Monmouth market changes its hours*Kings Valley group sets annual meeting*Local amateur radio group meets Oct. 1*Youth activities on tap at library*Dallas Library offers youth craft program*Forum to address H1N1 flu pandemic*Benefit fundraiser planned for Bambinos*International dance troupe to perform*PCHS schedules 'Apple Festival'*Fairgrounds to host fall doll show, sale*Hobby enthusiasts gathering Oct. 10*Princess Tea Party fundraiser planned*Country folk dance set at Guthrie Park*Mountain biking discussion on tap*Buell Grange plans Sunday breakfast*Senior center hosts grief support group*Community dance Oct. 14 at Majestic*Local scout troop doing fundraiser*Driver safety class due in Monmouth

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County burning ban still in place

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Polk County Fire Defense Board remind residents that the countywide ban on open burning remains in effect until the end of wildfire season.

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Monday, October 5



Friday, October 2