4/27 News in Brief

*MP&L energy fair will offer user tips*Shoppers can contribute to MPFS*Polk fair board seeks public input*LWC schedules next lecture event*Watershed meeting set for April 30



MP&L energy fair will offer user tips

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members can learn how to reduce their electric usage and help keep energy bills lower through a pair of special presentations this week hosted by Monmouth Power & Light.

Monmouth Energy Now, a new community program, will host a free informational fair inside the Central High School cafeteria today (Wednesday, April 27) starting at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m.

Special presentations will start at 6 p.m. today and at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Individuals can also find out about available cash, special contractor pricing and low-interest loans to install energy-efficiency measures in your home. Some offerings will be for MP&L customers only.

For more information: 503-838-3526.

Shoppers can contribute to MPFS

POLK COUNTY -- Roth's Fresh Markets customers in Polk and Marion counties have an opportunity to help fight hunger at the checkout stand beginning today (Wednesday, April 27) through June 7.

Customers will have the option to scan a $1, $5 or $10 coupon at the checkout stand. Those funds will go to Marion-Polk Food Share, the not-for-profit regional food bank that supplies food to 95 direct-service partners throughout the two-county service area.

Nine Roth's stores, including locations in Independence and West Salem, are participating in this funds drive.

To find a store, go to www.roths.com/contact.php.

For more information: 503-581-385.

Polk fair board seeks public input

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair Board is requesting public input on a name change that it is considering.

The change being considered is a name change to be implemented with the installation of a new sign. The current name of the fairgrounds is "The Polk County Fair". A name change to "The Polk County Fair and Events Center" is being considered.

Comments may be submitted to Tina Andersen, fair manager, via e-mail to andersen.tina@co.polk.or.us or by calling 503-623-3048 during regular business hours.

Public comments will be accepted until May 13. The board will consider a vote on the name change at its next regularly scheduled meeting on May 19.

LWC schedules next lecture event

INDEPENDENCE -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council will host a special presentation on Thursday, April 28.

"Otters of the world and the world of otters," the latest edition in the Luckiamute State Natural Area lecture series, will be presented by Dr. Nicole Duplaix, LWC coordinator. Duplaix is an adjunct professor in the fisheries and wildlife department at Oregon State University.

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the LNSA headquarters, 14707 Buena Vista Road. Seating is limited.

For more information or to RSVP: Wendy Sparks, 503-837-0237; e-mail to wendy@luckiamutelwc.org.

Watershed meeting set for April 30

KINGS VALLEY -- Luckiamute Watershed Council will host a public meeting for landowners living along the Upper Luckiamute River Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will take place at the Kings Valley Community Center, 23811 Maxfield Creek Road, at the corner of Maxfield Creek and Highway 223, across from Kings Valley Charter School.

The topic will be habitat enhancement opportunities along a 19-mile stretch of the Luckiamute River. LWC will be undertaking projects to improve the health of riverbanks and increase the health of the river at no cost to landowners.

For more information or to RSVP: Wendy Sparks, 503-837-0237; e-mail to wendy@luckiamutelwc.org.



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