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6/9 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Amidst cheers, tears and laughter, members of Central High School's Class of 2010 were awarded diplomas Friday evening, June 4.

Parents and grandparents, friends and family members, and community residents traveled from near and far to honor MI Town's graduating seniors on a very exciting evening.

We celebrate everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this long-sought goal. Congratulations to the parents who, from the very beginning, have given love, encouragement, roots and wings to these young men and women as they begin to make the transition from high school to college, the military or in search of career opportunities.

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The final 2009-10 Smith Fine Arts Series program featuring jazz singer Lizz Wright was held last Saturday evening.

The 2010-11 series begins Oct. 4, and promises some wonderful programs for everyone.

For more information about the upcoming concerts -- and all the activities surrounding the chance to see world-class entertainment right here in MI Town -- call 503-838-8333, or visit the Web page www.wou.edu/president/advancement/smith/.

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Many of our newly-minted Western Oregon University graduates will bid farewell to MI Town following graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at McArthur Field. I'd like to add congratulations, best wishes and good luck as they go on to another adventure in their lives.

Come September, we'll welcome new freshmen students eager to start on a new journey of their own, as well as our returning sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students.

WOU indeed is the jewel in MI Town's crown and we look forward to so many good programs, classes and activities our hometown university has to offer.

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Why should kids have all the fun?

Monmouth Public Library's adult summer reading program, "Water Your Mind at the Library," was launched June 1 and will continue through July 27. Programs for kids of all ages are also going on and more information is available at the library.

The Independence Public Library announces that its program for babies to seniors, "Make A Splash, Read," begins on June 11.

Prizes, contests and special programs are at both libraries all summer long.

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Monmouth Senior Center's potluck picnic will be held Friday, June 11, at noon. Heron Pointe will be providing hot dogs and buns, and members are asked to bring salads, beans, chips and desserts, as well as their own table service. Call Sue Teal at 503-838-5678 for more information.

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My friend, Jack Thompson, passed away on May 28. May his wife, Joy, and all of his family be comforted at this time.

Jack was a thoughtful, caring and gentle man who will be missed by all of us who were fortunate to know him.

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