10/27 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The Monmouth Senior Center soup and pie sale Thursday, Oct. 21, was one of the best ever. If you missed it, be sure to plan for next year.

Mother Nature provided us with a beautiful day, and hungry folks from all around the area enjoyed a variety of wonderful homemade soups and pies while meeting and greeting friends and neighbors.

Congratulations and best wishes to all the hardworking volunteers who give many hours of their time and energy every week as a labor of love to our community senior center.


It's the season to finish clearing away the remnants of this summer's vegetable garden and the weather has mostly cooperated with our efforts to clear away yard and garden debris.

Backyard burning isn't an option anymore, so the cities of Monmouth and Independence are sponsoring and encouraging all of us to take advantage of a free clean yard debris drop-off day Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Marr Brothers facility on Highway 99W in Monmouth.


We received our ballots for the upcoming Nov. 2 election last week, along with explanations -- both pro and con -- of measures as well as information on candidates who will represent us at local, state and national levels.

If you haven't voted, take time to familiarize yourself with the candidates and the issues and get your ballot in the mail before this weekend so your voice can be heard.


Saturday, Oct. 30, is the final home football game of the season for our Western Oregon University Wolves. We've enjoyed the games so much this year, and the excellent food and beverages offered by MI Town's businesses and the cookies from Dallas Senior Center are delightful additions. The Wolves meet Dixie State at 2 p.m. at McArthur Field.


Sunday, Oct. 31, is Halloween and MI Town's streets and sidewalks will be filled with all kinds of costumed visitors as they trek from house to house.

Many of our youngest residents are so caught up in the excitement of trick or treating that they may dart in and out of driveways and between cars without realizing there may be traffic approaching.

Often costumes are made from dark fabric or material which makes the trick or treating children harder to see, so we have to be extra careful and vigilant during the evening hours when youngsters are out and about.

Not everyone wishes to participate in Halloween activities, so be respectful and don't go to homes where the porch lights aren't lit.

Let's enjoy the evening and watch out for ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night.


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