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6/2 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that we've turned the page on the calendar to June, summertime is so close we can almost taste it.

Kids of all ages are counting down the days until school is out for the summer, and we are dreaming of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill, potato salad and baked beans, gallons of lemonade, and lazy days in the hammock with nothing to do but sit back and watch the birds circling overhead while listening to the happy laughter of the neighbor kids playing down the street.

Sometimes the dreams have to be revised a bit to include dealing with all those pesky weeds in the garden and checking the pantry to see if we have all the equipment necessary for making jelly and jam.

All the vegetable gardens in MI Town are beginning to show promise, and our local farmers markets have a bounty of plants, fresh fruit and vegetables to share.

This is only one of the many blessings of life in our wonderful Willamette Valley.

The roses are sheer perfection at this time of year, and in the early morning, when we're filling the basket with sweet and fragrant blooms to share with friends and neighbors, the time spent working in the garden is somehow worth every minute.

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I've gone for "ride-alongs" with both Monmouth and Independence police officers and gotten to know about our departments' involvement with community activities and with local law enforcement policies and procedures.

Spending some time in a police car can give us an entirely new perspective about the various things that happen -- both good and bad -- on any given shift.

Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club has announced that Independence Police Chief Vern Wells will be speaking at the June 10 luncheon meeting at First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St., and Monmouth Police Chief Darrell Tallan will be the speaker on June 17.

For information about M-I Rotary and other activities, contact Paul Doellinger, club president, at 503-838-3459.

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For many MI Town families, Saturday is the busiest day of the week. There's all the errands, trips to the library and sports activities, as well as catching up on house and yard work.

Get a good start on your busy day with breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center Saturday, June 5, from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable ($5 for adults, $3 for kids), and you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a great meal with none of the hassle of cooking and cleanup.

Monmouth Senior Center's Community Breakfasts are scheduled the first Saturday of every month, and the proceeds go toward the center's building fund. See you there.

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