3/24 Letters to the Editor

*Ellis stepped up for Independence*Polk Extension too good to lose*Turf field great addition to school*Many thanks go to aquatic center*Good Samaritan's act is appreciated

Ellis stepped up for Independence

Thank you for letting me share a public thank you for all that Greg Ellis has done for my city, Independence. He brought a vision to our city and made it shine.

Even though he is leaving us to brighten up another city (Canby), he has brought good people to help carry out that vision.

Our community has so many family-oriented activities, including Riverfront Park, the movie theater, the new city library building, and an entrance of sidewalks and trees, among several others.

I know that many other people helped along the way and I appreciate everyone's hard work under Mr. Ellis' leadership.

He will be missed, but maybe the spark that he lit will keep each of us thinking how to keep the fire going to make Independence a place to be proud to be from.

Thank you, Greg, and best wishes to you and your family.

Patti Youngren


Polk Extension too good to lose

I believe Polk County Extension is too good to lose.

Polk County government can no longer provide local funding for the Extension Service.

Without these funds, there is no 4-H, no Master Gardener program, no family community health program, and no local educational support for the county's economic base, agriculture and forestry.

To learn about the May 18 ballot measure to retain the Extension Service in Polk County, I invite readers to visit our Web site at www.savepolkextension.com.

Polk County Extension is too good to lose.

Roger Fletcher

Co-chairman, Save Polk Extension Committee


Turf field great addition to school

As part of the soccer community, I would like to take this opportunity to send my sincerest thank you to the Central School District Board for approving the turf field project planned for Central High School.

This project will save a tremendous amount of money in the long run. There will no longer be a need to mow, water, fertilize or repaint the field lines on a regular basis.

Most importantly, it will give our students an opportunity to play and practice on a field that they deserve. During and after school, the field will be used for many purposes, including P.E. classes and soccer and football practices and games.

Above all, this is a great achievement for our community. Our school will finally be able to show our team spirit and support on our home "turf." It will serve our community for decades to come.

Joe Orozco


Many thanks go to aquatic center

The Dallas Aquatic Center on March 14 hosted a wonderful Celebration of Life to honor cancer survivors and caregivers in Polk County.

The committee for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Polk County wants to express our deepest appreciation for providing a perfect facility and enthusiastic staff to meet the needs of our participants.

The versatility of the aquatic center made it possible to provide something for everybody. It was warm and welcoming, and a good time was had by all.

We are looking forward to more participation next year.

Kay Graven


Good Samaritan's act is appreciated

I would like to thank the person who turned in a digital camera SD card to Dallas Safeway's lost and found on March 6.

I did not realize it fell out of my pocket until I was at home and could not find it anywhere. Just by chance, I called Safeway and they let me know someone had turned it in.

Thank you. These were pictures of a trip I had just taken and had not even looked at the pictures. I am very thankful for your thoughtfulness of turning it in to the lost and found.

Thank you again and God bless.

Dianna Christopher



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