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7/21 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

What can be better than midsummer in MI Town?

It's wonderful to awaken to the crisp and cool mornings, and to open up windows and doors and welcome the fragrance of flowers and green grass as we begin our busy day.

Those of us fortunate enough to have vegetable gardens are enjoying the results of the time and hard work during this past spring and early summer, with peas, beans and squash -- and the promise of fresh corn on the cob and bright, juicy tomatoes.


We don't need to plant our own gardens to enjoy the goodness of fresh fruit and vegetables. We have farmers markets open in Monmouth on Wednesday afternoons in the old fire station parking lot across from Main Street Park, and in Independence on Saturday mornings in the Sterling Bank parking lot, located on Main Street. Share the goodness of summertime with family and friends and especially those folks who are visiting MI Town while on summer vacation.


Members of the Monmouth Senior Center have a summer of activities planned, with a trip on the Willamette Shore Trolley between Lake Oswego and Portland on Friday, July 23. For more information about the center and upcoming events, contact Sue Teal at 503-838-5678.


For those interested in serving on the Independence City Council, today (Wednesday, July 21) is the last day to submit your application. Tim Hinds, who has served on the council since 1997, has resigned from his position. The newly appointed councilor will serve until Dec. 31, 2010.


We've learned to appreciate those bright containers from Brandt's where we can put household garbage, recycling and garden debris -- and especially the ease of getting everything to the curb. We've learned the schedule pretty well and usually have containers ready for pickup when the big trucks drive through the neighborhood. With our days filled with jobs and other responsibilities, it's easy to forget to bring the containers back into our garages or backyards promptly. Let's all try to keep our streets and neighborhoods neat and tidy, especially on these warm summer days.


Pack up your picnic blankets and chairs for a fun evening of blues and rock with the Gusto Brothers this (Wednesday, July 21) evening at Main Street Park in Monmouth. The music begins at 7 p.m. It's a great spot for one-stop shopping as you can stop by the farmers market, find something good to eat and drink, and enjoy the evening.


Independence Riverview Park Amphitheater's outdoor movie of the week will be "Paul Blatt, Mall Cop" beginning at dusk Thursday, July 22. This week's outdoor concert on Friday, July 23, will feature the Columbia Classic Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m.


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