9/1 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I've always thought of September as the month of new beginnings. It also helps to cushion the transition from summer to fall as we enjoy the happy sounds of kids walking down the street to the school bus stop.

September weather can be just plain glorious and I look forward to the crisp and cool mornings that blend into warm and sunny afternoons. At this time of year, Mother Nature still gives us long, twilight evenings where we can talk over the events of the day.


The Oregon State Fair began at the Salem fairgrounds last Friday, Aug. 27, and continues through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 6). With so many wonderful events and exhibits to see, it's hard to choose where to begin.

Sensible eating habits go completely out the window -- at least for one special day -- when temptations such as corn dogs, curly fries and ice cream cones are available all day long.


One of the best things about living in MI Town is the opportunity to see world class entertainment without the hassle of driving to the city, finding a parking place, then the long drive home.

The Smith Fine Arts Series begins its 34th season with a performance by Cirque Mechanics on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Rice Auditorium on the Western Oregon University campus.

This is the first of five outstanding events for 2010-11. For more information about season and individual event ticket prices, visit www.wou.edu/sfa. As an added bonus, season ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to the Western Hemisphere Orchestra concerts during the year. By supporting this wonderful program, you'll also be helping to provide positive cultural experiences to our local youth.


Central School District is gearing up for the 2010-11 school year, with classes beginning for grades K-5, 6 and 9 on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

If your students are in seventh and eighth grades or 10th through 12th grade, classes will begin Wednesday, Sept. 8.

If you have any questions or concerns, check the district website at www.central.k12.or.us. Calendars and schedules of events for all of MI Town's public schools are listed.


It's not too early to look ahead to Western Oregon University's first home football game, which is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 18, at McArthur Stadium against Simon Fraser at 1 p.m.

Coach Arne Ferguson and our WOU Wolves promise us all another great football season, with four home games this year.


Whatever you are planning for Labor Day weekend, don't forget the Monmouth Senior Center's community breakfast Saturday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Prices are $5 for adults, $3.50 for kids under 12, and it's a great way to begin the last unofficial weekend of summer.


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