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Tuesday, November 30



12/1 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Man dies in armored truck crash

POLK COUNTY -- A Corvallis man died last week as a result of injuries suffered during an armored truck crash along Highway 99W south of Monmouth.

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12/1 OBITUARIES

*Donald Cattanach*Connie Dooyes Fisher*Lloyd 'Wolf' Allen George*Norma DeGraff*Rebecca Rae Hunter Spinks*Milton W. Pryce*Donald Nelson Lundeen

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12/1 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Principal leaving Dallas for WESD

DALLAS -- Dallas High Principal Keith Ussery has been an English teacher, a debate coach, an assistant principal and a track and field coach in his 21 years in the Dallas School District.

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Helicopter Harvest

POLK COUNTY -- Kyle Gunsauls pokes his head out through the open pilot-side door of his helicopter, trying to spot Jose Carrillo's orange jacket and stocking cap in a sea of Noble firs.

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Falls City fundraiser for Thrive

FALLS CITY -- The Bread Board will hold a fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. to bring "Thrive" to Falls City High School.

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Dallas set for holiday fun

DALLAS -- Holiday cheer will abound in downtown this weekend as Dallas officially kicks off the season with the annual Christmas tree lighting and Santa's arrival during Winterfest 2010.

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12/1 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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12/1 Letters to the Editor

*Cabaret performers an impressive group*Sacrifice will allow district to move on*Biomass proposal bad idea for Dallas*Many help make event a success*Many questions about plant remain*Family appreciates incredible support

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'Tis the season for 'Ebenezer'

INDEPENDENCE -- From the booth of Central High's cavernous new auditorium, junior McKay Boyack converses through a headset with the stage crew down below.

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Holiday Project: A way to give back

DALLAS -- With Thanksgiving and Black Friday madness already behind us, perhaps you are looking for an opportunity to celebrate the season by giving back.

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DHS robotics club growing in size

DALLAS -- While LaCreole Middle School began its first robotics team this year, the Dallas High School club is building on last year's successful inaugural season.

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12/1 School Notes

*WOU institute planning celebration*Christmas tree sales help students*Dallas boosters will meet Monday*DHS art program slates fundraiser*Details on financial aid available

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LaCreole launches robotics team

DALLAS -- Two teams of LaCreole Middle School students have been working since the beginning of the school year to design robots to advance bio-medical engineering.

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Stupendous Sequioa

MONMOUTH -- From trunk to tree top, it takes roughly 20 minutes on a sunny November day for Jason Trowbridge and Luke Bernard to scale the giant sequoia at the center of the Western Oregon University campus.

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12/1 News in Brief

*Woodland group schedules tour*Farm Service ballots due by Dec. 6*Seed Growers' convention on tap*Polk Fair Board applications due*County senior council position open

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12/1 Community Notebook

*Dallas post office honors customers*Holiday decorating set at Gentle House*Perrydale FFA sets annual senior party*Duo to perform jazz Dec. 2 at Western*Medicare workshop slated this Friday*Santa will attend breakfast in Dallas*Monthly breakfast Saturday at center*Cub Scouts seek donations of food*Get a photo with Santa on Saturday*Sunday breakfast planned by grange*Holiday open house set at Gentle House*Church plans early Christmas event*Pizza sales to help community project*Holiday program seeks nominations*Tamale fundraiser aids Relay for Life

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Monmouth plans holiday festival

MONMOUTH -- For many locals in Monmouth, the holiday season truly begins the moment the giant, decorated sequoia standing sentinel on the Western Oregon University campus is illuminated.

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12/1 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Today begins the bright and shining, brand-spanking new month of December, where we can chase away those winter doldrums without even leaving MI Town.

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Wednesday, November 24

  

Tuesday, November 23

    

Garten tackles electronic waste in a big way

DALLAS -- Robert Siordian snips multicolored wires, removes circuit boards and wrestles a small motor from the housing of an old cassette player, and promptly sorts the items into different barrels.

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Reading for All plans book drive for youth

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Commission for Children and Families Reading for All initiative will be holding a holiday book drive beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, and running through Dec. 12.

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Dallas faces likely budget shortfall

DALLAS -- Even with a sliver of good news coming out of the Nov. 19 state revenue forecast, the Dallas School District may still have more budget shortfalls to deal with next year.

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11/24 OBITUARIES

*Carl Harry Thomas*Fred Carl Tornow*Max Lincoln Ward*Franklin Wayne Shepherd*Danny James Jones*Eva G. Ellingsworth*Glenn Edward Jones*Margaret L. Miller*Margaret Lynn Macom Glass*Marjorie M. Harms Curtis*C. Victor Blair*Donald N. Lundeen

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DHS arts planning fundraiser

DALLAS -- Does hot soup sound like the perfect remedy for the cold weather? Come on down to Dallas High School the evening of Dec. 7 for a hearty bowl of soup and a chance to support the school's art department.

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A Different Brew

WEST SALEM -- Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, a small artisan cidery west of Salem, is trying to change apple cider's image.

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11/24 Community Notebook

*Luncheon at CHS welcomes seniors*TLC slates annual community event*Tater's serving up Thanksgiving meal*Holiday luncheon available at church*Thanksgiving meal offered by lodge*PCL tree lot opens for sales Nov. 26*Troop 38 selling Christmas trees*Benefit book sale Monday at hospital*Casino gathering toys for children*Holiday greens sale due in Monmouth*Dallas post office honors customers*Perrydale FFA sets annual senior party*Jazz performance slated at Western*Fruitcake contest accepting entries.

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11/24 Letters to the Editor

*Keep an open mind on biomass plant*Society has turned far too apathetic*Help from officer much appreciated*FCHS football team thanks supporters*Community steps up for wrestlers

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YMCA program fills urgent need

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Project Prime Time bowed last June when its federal-funding source was depleted, much to the chagrin of young children and parents.

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Museum will try to raise $57,000

MONMOUTH -- Officials of the Jensen Arctic Museum want to remain on the Western Oregon University campus for at least the next year or two while they develop a plan for future operations or even relocation.

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11/24 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Sunday morning, Nov. 14, with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, was under a layer of fog and clouds. The sun was trying to brighten the morning but had no luck.

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11/24 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Filling a growing need

POLK COUNTY -- Ella Curran Food Bank in Independence was to give away nearly 200 donated turkeys and meal baskets today (Wednesday, Nov. 24) -- just as it does the day before every Thanksgiving.

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FC arts gallery opens

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Arts Center is launching a new enterprise this weekend, aiming to secure the future of the newly opened facility.

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11/24 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Post-prison housing project has a name

DALLAS -- The group working to provide transitional housing for homeless men released from prison into Polk County now has a name for its future facility: Genesis House.

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11/24 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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11/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Before we celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday, I'd like to express my appreciation for those who won't be relaxing with family and friends on Thursday but will be working hard to make sure everything goes as well as possible for the rest of us.

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Wednesday, November 17

        

Tuesday, November 16



Grants will enhance Luckiamute

MONMOUTH -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council has received three major grants that will support improvements in the region over the next 10 years.

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11/17 OBITUARIES

*Walter Winfield Foster and Marian Murray Foster*Jennifer Lee Guthrie*Jeffrey Matthew Collins*Leonard David Humphreys*Milton W. Pryce*Kitty Meadows*Karen Amy Crossan

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St. Pat's celebrates a century

INDEPENDENCE -- After a few years of traveling back and forth between Mission, Texas, and the Willamette Valley for field work during the early 1950s, Maria Carrillo's family decided to settle near Independence.

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Not Your Llama's Footwarmer

WEST SALEM -- Need an answer to cold feet? Actual cold feet, that is. Meredith O'Neil, the owner of West Salem's Springtime Farms, an alpaca farm she recently transplanted from Westcliffe, Colo., believes she has a perfect solution quietly grazing in pens on her small farm: alpacas. Or, more precisely, the warm and soft fiber her alpacas grow each year.

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11/17 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Western enrollment hits new high

MONMOUTH -- It's become old hat at Western Oregon University in recent years to report a record number of students during official fall enrollment assessments.

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Church sets Thanksgiving luncheon

INDEPENDENCE -- Cornerstone Church of God will host a Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 4395 Independence Highway.

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Textbook rental coming to WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University freshman and theater major Andrew Frederick said he felt "lucky" when it came time to buy textbooks in September.

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Dallas opera singer to perform benefit for VORP

DALLAS -- International opera singer Rebecca Fromherz, accompanied by pianist and Western Oregon University music instructor Jackie Morelli, will perform a Thanksgiving benefit concert and hymn sing-a-long to benefit the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program.

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11/17 News in Brief

*Workshop for nonprofits scheduled*F.C. Arts Center seeks submissions*Donations needed for area children*City starts search for legal counsel

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News deadlines change next week

Next week's Thanksgiving holiday will mean a few adjustments to the deadline schedule in the Itemizer-Observer newsroom for the Dec. 1 issue.

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11/17 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee to attend the 10 a.m. worship service at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church on Nov. 7 was under cloudy skies. I was with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista.

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Cruise has no splendor for family from Dallas

DALLAS -- On any normal cruise, packaged snack food wouldn't be tops in cuisine. Last week's ill-fated Carnival Splendor's cruise, however, will go down as the voyage in which Pop Tarts were the most coveted item on the menu.

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11/17 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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High school choirs will tune up voices

MONMOUTH -- More than 600 high school vocalists from across Oregon and Southwest Washington, including Dallas High students, will invade Monmouth for a special concert early next week.

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An appreciation for life

MONMOUTH -- The video clip of the explosion that took retired Marine Cpl. Garrett Jones' left leg -- and nearly claimed his life -- lasts about 15 seconds.

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Cabaret a trip down Memory Lane

DALLAS -- Dallas High School's Cabaret 2010 Nov. 19-20 aims to take people back through the decades with a lineup of performances collectively called "Let's Reminisce."

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11/17 School Notes

*Annual food drive under way at DHS*'Picnic' continues on stage at WOU*LaCreole selling holiday wreaths

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11/17 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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11/17 Community Notebook

*Farmers markets to close for season*AARP driver safety course scheduled*Monthly music jam slated for Thursday*Museum will host talk on Civil War*Empty Bowls event will aid Food Share*Supper and concert series will continue*Gospel concert set for Sunday evening*DHS wrestling team selling poinsettias*Seniors can enjoy luncheon on CHS*Community meal offered at TLC

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Wednesday, November 10

             

Tuesday, November 9

  

WOU to stage classic 'Picnic'

MONMOUTH -- Playwright William Inge was known during his career for depicting the trials and tribulations of small-town life in Middle America.

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Opera House refit shaping up

INDEPENDENCE -- When discussing his restoration of the Independence Opera House on Main Street, owner Ted Baker stresses the labor part of the "labor of love" cliche.

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Pope eager to start work on board

POLK COUNTY -- In a race guaranteed to put a newcomer on the Polk County Board of Commissioners, it was the Republican, perhaps not surprisingly, who won the day.

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11/10 News in Brief

*Bridge dedication set for Thursday*Housing discussion will continue*Deadline nearing for holiday help*Downtown banner project work set*Four-car accident injures woman

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11/10 Pedee News: Nola Womer

The ride to Pedee on Oct. 31 with my nephew and his wife, Larry and Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista, was through the rain. The clouds and low fog in some spots cut the view of the mountains on the way to Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church for the morning worship service.

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11/10 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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11/10 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Monmouth's Tigress Books marches to own beat

MONMOUTH -- Tigress Books, which relocated from downtown Salem to Monmouth in late October, wears the privately-owned label proudly -- with the logo sporting the slogan "wildly independent."

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Reading moms set to retire

INDEPENDENCE -- Every first week of November, students at Independence Elementary School develop an addiction that can only be satisfied by poring through a book.

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Sheriff's office seeks new support members

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office is recruiting for ground search and support team members, as well as individuals interested in being part of a specialized response team.

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11/10 School Notes

*DHS band will rake leaves for a fee*Christian concert will benefit MVCA*'Tooth Taxi' due in Independence*WOU to host 'international week'*Music competition taking entries

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Dallas FFA members earn honors

DALLAS -- Five former Dallas High School students earned honors at the 83rd FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., last month.

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Judge position didn't come cheap

POLK COUNTY -- For the four candidates who were vying to become circuit court judge of the 12th Judicial District, the race took a toll as far as time and energy spent on the election trail.

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Board can't decide on newest member

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School Board had hoped to fill its vacant Position 1 seat at its Nov. 1 meeting. After reaching an impasse on who to appoint -- twice -- that decision has been pushed to Dec. 6.

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11/10 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Let's Dance!

DALLAS -- The second and fourth Friday nights of each month are rockin' inside the gym at the Academy Building in Dallas.

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DHS students exercise voting rights

DALLAS -- If it were up to the senior class at Dallas High School, Jim Huffman would have ousted Sen. Ron Wyden, Chris Dudley would have won Oregon's race for governor comfortably, and Monte Campbell would have decisively won the four-way race for Polk County Circuit Court judge.

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Hopes high for vintage

POLK COUNTY -- It's a magical time in vineyards around Polk County. The harvest is in, with indications that beautiful weather in September and October shifted the season from worrisome to possibly wonderful.

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FC project nears the finish line

FALLS CITY -- Mike Rodriguez, Falls City High School's science teacher, said the 2010-11 school year will be the one when the athletic field will finally have its promised restroom.

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11/10 Letters to the Editor

*Central employee proud of his work*Mayor-elect hears lots of good things*'Trail of Terrors' efforts impressive*NPR has no idea what free speech is*Dallas candidate thanks supporters*Jaffer appreciates campaign efforts"Good deed, honesty much appreciated*Many in Falls City doing great things*Adhere to speed limits for safety*Life lessons being taught to students

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Extension district seeks input

POLK COUNTY -- Supporters of the newly approved Polk County OSU Extension District are beginning to make long-term plans and want the help of residents in Polk County.

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11/10 Community Notebook

*Reception kicks off painting exhibit*'Operation Santa' seeks assistance*Master Gardeners meet at fairgrounds*Marines birthday will be celebrated*Thursday breakfast will honor veterans*Veterans dinner set at Elks Lodge*Latitude will host art show, reception*Willamina art tour set this weekend*Poker fundraiser will assist family*Help 'Food Share' by going bowling*Library sets annual book bingo event*Dallas Church set to host free movie*Country folk dance slated for Saturday*See's Candy sale will begin Tuesday*Volunteers sought at senior center*Indy holiday parade now taking entries*Flu shots available daily through PCPH

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A warm homecoming for 162nd

DALLAS -- Members of the Oregon National Guard 162nd Engineer Company were jubilantly welcomed home in Dallas during the unit's homecoming ceremony Friday, Nov. 5.

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Wednesday, November 3

   

ELECTION 2010: Senate, House incumbents fare well

POLK COUNTY -- Bucking a national trend, incumbents representing Polk County fared well in their bids for re-election to the Oregon Senate, Oregon House and Congress during the Nov. 2 vote-by-mail general election.

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Scorecard

High school standings, Starlite Lanes bowling leaders

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Tuesday, November 2



11/3 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the

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Dallas Retirement Village rated high

DALLAS -- Dallas Retirement Village was ranked the 16th best nonprofit to work for in Oregon Business Magazine's second annual list of the state's 100 best nonprofits.

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11/3 Pedee News: Nola Womer

Skid and Juandeane Skidmore just returned from Skid's 65th high school reunion in Los Angeles. More than 80 people attended. The Skidmore's stayed with daughter Theresa and her family while there.

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11/3 OBITUARIES

*Larry Duane Oliver*David Frederick Cannon*Ethel Letitia Berryhill*Penny 'Jesea' L. Todahl*John Ennis McCrow*Evan E. Engstrom*Alvin L. Hamilton

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11/3 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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11/3 Correction

In a listing of events under the heading "Holiday Bazaars," which appeared on Page 16A of the Oct. 27 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, incorrect dates were published for the Willamette Humane Society Thrift Store Holiday Bazaar. The correct dates are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6. The I-O regrets the error.

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11/3 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that Old Man Winter is becoming serious about moving in to MI Town and the Willamette Valley, he's been busy unpacking his usual bag of tricks and isn't making a secret about staying for several long weeks.

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11/3 Letters to the Editor

*Don't forget about your political signs*Rickreall Trail plan is a very good idea*Double standard? It sure seems so*Community puts best foot forward*Juvenile system needs overhaul*Sgt. Tawney more than just a Marine*County sergeant deserves praise*Election flier was unfair to candidate*Help appreciated in judgeship bid

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11/3 Business Notebook

*Local job training help is available*Entrepreneurs 101 workshop slated*Washington Federal offers new service

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Statement against Central employee retracted by group

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- A citizen committee distributing a letter of no confidence regarding the performance of Central School District's superintendent has retracted published information contained within it related to bond project manager Mike Maloney.

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Coming Home

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Sgt. Bill Sickendick of Dallas stepped out of his armored vehicle into the barren Afghan desert, switched on his metal detector and headed off toward the setting sun -- and into a potential Taliban minefield.

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Memorial will honor veterans

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will honor those who have served in the military by declaring the Levens Street Bridge as a memorial to veterans.

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PSWCD to offer bounty for nutria

POLK COUNTY -- A drainage channel that connects to Ash Creek just north of Marylou Matteo's nursery in Independence becomes a veritable "highway" for nutria when the rainy season begins.

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11/3 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the

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Bonds could fund project, road work

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners is considering acquiring municipal bonds to pay for remodeling at the Academy Building and road maintenance.

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Kids will give Marines holiday lift

INDEPENDENCE -- When Marine Sgt. Kevin Cryer did a tour of duty in Iraq in 2005, he was deployed at the beginning of the year and returned in the fall. As such, he was able to spend the holidays with his family.

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11/3 Community Notebook

**Flu shots available daily through PCPH*Annual rose garden workday scheduled*Extension Women put on holiday fair*School will honor veterans on Friday*Breakfast served Saturday at center*Holiday grieving is seminar focus*Humane Society to mark 45 years*Sunday breakfast planned by grange*AARP driver safety course scheduled*'Operation Santa' seeks assistance*Christian concert will benefit MVCA

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Breakfast for veterans set Nov. 11

DALLAS -- The annual Veterans Day Breakfast is set for Thursday, Nov. 11, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave., Dallas.

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11/3 School Notes

*'Li'l Abner' takes stage Nov. 3-6*MVCA auction fundraiser is Friday*WOU to host 'College Night' event*School seeking pennies for charity*Dallas board will meet at LaCreole*Music essay contest deadline nears

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