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Wednesday, August 31

  

Benefit concert needs volunteers

INDEPENDENCE -- The "Cowboys and Soldiers" benefit concert being planned for Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Riverview Park Amphitheater in Independence is still seeking volunteers.

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Senior Calendar

Note: Listings are regularly scheduled events during the week and may not include special, one-day or one-time programs. Schedules are subject to change. For a complete calendar, contact the Dallas or Monmouth senior center.

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8/31 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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Siblings step up to save choir

DALLAS -- Brother and sister Slade and Malena Thackeray were avid musicians when they attended Dallas High School. They attribute those years with inspiring to make music a permanent part of their lives.

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College workers could strike

MONMOUTH -- Classified workers at public university campuses throughout Oregon, including Western Oregon in Monmouth, could go on strike before students return for fall term.

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Labor Day brings on early deadlines at I-O

POLK COUNTY -- The upcoming Labor Day holiday has resulted in several changes to the usual news and advertising deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, Sept. 7, edition.

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Mosque firebomb suspect arrested

MONMOUTH -- The man accused of firebombing a mosque in Corvallis late last year was arrested in Monmouth on Wednesday, Aug. 24, according to FBI officials.

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8/31 Letters to the Editor

*School staff makes big commitment*Consider different location for center*Let's keep existing Monmouth fountain*University workers prepared to strike*Dallas businesses help with project*Old armory hinders economic growth*Dallas United gets honor from Timbers*Good samaritans' help is appreciated*Falls City needs police protection*Make a difference by helping schools*Praise dished out to Dallas staffers*DSD schools: Good things happening*Western is a leader in green movement*MP&L promotion comes with cost*Teachers making a positive impact*Staffers deserve praise for efforts*DAS uninterested in armory building

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8/31 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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8/31 Community Notebook

*Deadline is Friday for gardening event*Saturday breakfast on tap in Monmouth*Wellness program to kick off Sept. 7*Hospice offering support programs*Tickets for salmon bake now on sale*Bible study group to begin meetings*Reunion scheduled for plant employees*Senior Center sets craft supply swap*Meals for seniors available in are*Community center available for rent

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8/31 Correction

In a Letter to the Editor headlined "Heartfelt thanks for loving support," which appeared on Page 5A of the Aug. 24 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the last name of Shirley Larsen was misspelled. The I-O regrets the error.

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8/31 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Junior (Arthur) and Pat Lyday celebrated their 64th anniversary on Aug. 20 at Terri (Lyday) and Norm Arnold's home in Kings Valley, with 45 friends and relatives attending.

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'Fill the Boot' drive is set for weekend

MONMOUTH -- Clear skies and temperatures no warmer than 75 degrees would be perfect for those firefighters who will gather around the intersection of Highway 99W and Main Street on Sept. 2-3.

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8/31 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We'll all awaken Thursday morning to the start of a brand new month. As we turn the calendar pages over to September, most of us will wonder two things: "Where did summer go?" and "Why is it that the months of June, July and August go by so quickly?"

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8/31 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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8/31 OBITUARIES

*Clayton Pebley*Darrel Richard Hartmann*Daniel A. Painter*Donald E. 'Butch' Stroud Jr.*Robert Henry Sams*Cynthia Joyce Giesbrecht*Cassie-Jo Lorrayne Robinson*Vernon Vinland Lefley*Elsie Gertrude Ries*Ethyle Beth Leiferman

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Classroom countdown

POLK COUNTY -- Charlotte Fisher looked down one of the hallways in LaCreole Middle School in Dallas one day last week, started a stop watch and motioned to her fellow teachers to "let them in."

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Annual fiesta set for Sept. 3

INDEPENDENCE -- Labor Day weekend will start with a party, courtesy of the annual Fiesta Mexicana in Riverview Park on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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Backyard chicken movement unites

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Domenica Protheroe had a handful of criteria -- such as access to a public pool and library -- when she sought to move from Detroit in the Cascade foothills two years ago to the Willamette Valley.

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A Family Matter

DALLAS -- Most people who begin training for a triathlon are determined, but perhaps not as determined as Dallas resident Nona Archer and her daughters.

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Wednesday, August 24

      

Tuesday, August 23



8/24 News in Brief

*ODF increases forest restrictions*New 'Connections Van' operating*Drug Court plans graduation event*Business group recognizes Berger*Local food, shelter funds distributed

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Outing puts Willamette on display

POLK COUNTY -- Sarah McKenzie used a sponge to absorb excess water from her kayak along the shore of the Willamette River just north of Buena Vista, a blissful look on her face.

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8/24 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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8/24 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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8/24 Community Notebook

*Free Medical Clinic to be open Aug. 27*Driver safety class scheduled Saturday*RC airplane event planned in Dallas*Free Zumba class set in Monmouth*Local distribution of clothing planned*Clothing, supplies for school available*Hospital auxiliary slates fundraiser*Sign-ups accepted for gardening event*Dallas organization seeking volunteers*'Reading for All' wants your books

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8/24 Letters to the Editor

*Why are markets still in business?*Not enough being done to save armory*Support of 4-H key in success of fair*Donations provide much-needed lift*Contributors made 'Games' trip happen*Heartfelt thanks for loving support

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Monmouth eyes new fountain

MONMOUTH -- Monmouth will replace its fountain in Main Street Park with an updated fountain statue and a new splash play area.

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8/24 OBITUARIES

*Doris Jean Boyd*Earl John Feil*Robert and Linda Taylor*Rufus Alvin Regier*Russell Dale Teachout*Zack F. Orr*Frank A. Fast*Edward Henry Stineff Jr.*John A. Bennett*Shirley M. Larsen*Robert H. Sams*Nita Link

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Audit of Central bond under way

INDEPENDENCE -- A forthcoming audit into spending of Central School District's Central High reconstruction bond won't examine internal controls or cost comparisons for materials and services, school officials said.

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8/24 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Meet the Dragons, luau set at DHS*Applicants sought for Central board*Dallas ICAN planning fall programs*Charter school has limited openings*Polk students earn degrees from UO*Two locals among Kaplan graduates

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8/24 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Dorothy McBeth's 90th birthday was celebrated at the Burbank Family Reunion at Dallas City Park on Sunday, Aug. 14. She will be 90 on Sept. 20 and is still a mean cook.

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Schools, others will get help Sept. 17

POLK COUNTY -- The Monmouth Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organizing a "Day of Service" Saturday, Sept. 17, to assist local schools, organizations and residents with maintenance projects.

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8/24 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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Finally, some good new for ag

POLK COUNTY -- It only seems like yesterday that summer finally arrived in Oregon, putting an end to one of the longest cold-and-wet snaps in memory.

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Ballroom Blitz

INDEPENDENCE -- Laura Archer remembers having to scoot sideways to get through aisles of junk piled high on the second floor of their building at 194 S. Main St. when they purchased it 12 years ago.

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Kitzhaber hoedown held

INDEPENDENCE -- Gov. John Kitzhaber must have had a country theme in mind when he was originally mulling over his inauguration party following his re-election.

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8/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These beautiful summertime days and long twilight evenings remind us just how fortunate we are to live in Oregon's Willamette Valley at this very special time of year.

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Independence High grads celebrate

INDEPENDENCE -- Thelma Nance of Portland said old memories started floating back to her while passing hop fields off Highway 51 en route to Independence on Saturday, Aug. 20.

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Friday, August 19



Wednesday, August 17

     

Tuesday, August 16



8/17 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Sunday, the Polk County Fair closed after yet another successful four days. Those days included so many wonderful summertime activities and the opportunity for our neighbors to share their expertise in quilting, preserving and all kinds of hobbies and crafts.

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Competition powwow on tap this weekend

GRAND RONDE -- The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will host one of the Pacific Northwest's largest powwows this weekend, when the Competition Powwow returns to the Uyxat Powwow Grounds in northwest Polk County.

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Cross country on two wheels

MONMOUTH -- People crisscross the United States with regularity by plane. The more ambitious pack up their cars for a road trip.

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8/17 OBITUARIES

*Jewell Marie Parksion*Cynthia 'Cindy' Jean Wilhite*Sherri Marie Jackson*Barbara Carol Coon Lofting*Arthur A. 'Art' McElroy*Edward Jay Myer*William Robert Berger*Larry M. Brady*Aurora S. Alvarez

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Falls City clerk relishes small-town life

FALLS CITY -- After retiring in 2004 from a career in project management in the banking and finance industry, Domenica Protheroe wanted to use her experience to help small communities.

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PCL offices to move temporarily

INDEPENDENCE -- Partnerships in Community Living (PCL) will temporarily relocate its main offices to Independence for the next several months.

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County readies upgraded website

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's website will soon have a new look and more user-friendly features as the county unveils its new updated site later this month.

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8/17 Community Notebook

*Extension offering meat canning class*'A Taste of Polk' deadline nearing*Hospital foundation gala set for Friday*Independence High reunion set Aug. 20*DHS Class of '59 planning gathering*Reunion for Airlie school is Saturday*Heifer International fundraiser slated

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His creative legacy

SALEM -- In a room on the second floor of Oregon's State Capitol, Dan Cannon relaxes in a high-backed chair of walnut and leather.

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Health food store thinks big

DALLAS -- According to Dallas Health & Vitality Center owner Laurie Vail, her downtown health food store has been called "a small town store with big city ideas."

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8/17 School Notes

*DSD elementary sign-ups continue*Campus building closed on Aug. 23*WESD staff OKs employment deal

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8/17 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

San and Judy Guida lost their foal, Luna. She was born two weeks ago to Judy's mare, Barbie, and seemed healthy, but just couldn't make it.

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8/17 Public Agenda

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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8/17 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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Show competitions build confidence

RICKREALL -- Lori Brock of Amity said she was certain that her son had butterflies as he walked his red shorthorn into the arena for a showmanship competition at the Polk County Fair last week.

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Friends, family mourn exuberant couple

MONMOUTH -- Those who knew Robert Taylor describe him as a practical joker who loved to get a reaction out of people. Bob Carney, a Monmouth resident and a friend of Robert's, remembers an instance where Robert placed a "for sale" sign on a friend's vehicle, along with a dirt-cheap asking price.

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8/17 Letters to the Editor

*Conterfeit bill spoils summer*Dairy Queen steps up for PCL*Thanks, reading supporters*Dallas City Park is truly a jewel*Mark Hatfield: one of a kind

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Bribery charge moving forward

DALLAS -- A West Salem resident has been charged with attempting to bribe three members of the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District.

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8/17 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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Thursday, August 11



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Tuesday, August 9

 

8/10 Community Notebook

*Polk Republicans planning picnic*Weekend sales set at Rickreall Grange*Concrete casting workshop on tap*Falls City old-timers to gather for picnic*Family activity day set in West Salem*PSWCD schedules 'A taste of Polk'*Salt Creek VBS begins on Monday*Monmouth church plans youth event*Extension offering meat canning class*DHS Class of '59 planning gathering*Independence High reunion set Aug. 20

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Summertime means it's fair time

RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center has been buzzing the past few weeks, gearing up for its signature event -- the 2011 Polk County Fair.

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Dallas brings back three teaching jobs

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved on Monday, Aug. 8, a recommendation to add back three teaching positions, two full-time and one part-time, for the 2011-12 school year.

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8/10 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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8/10 School Notes/ Academic Honors

*LaCreole MS registration continues*Rummage sale will aid swim team*Camp for LaCreole newcomers set*First 2011-12 ACT test is Sept. 10*Engstrom completes degree at SPU*Dallas resident finishes her studies

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8/10 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In my everyday world, I'm considered pretty responsible and down to earth. My days are filled with the usual household chores, volunteer work, errands to run, recycling to be sorted, meals to be prepared and dogs to be walked.

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The Gentleman of Jazz

MONMOUTH -- Not counting his drumming, it's that trademark megawatt smile that many see as the signature characteristic of jazz musician Mel Brown.

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8/10 News in Brief

*Pioneer Road closure starts Monday*County roads scheduled for paving*Meeting will address bus service*Thompson appointed to task force

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CSD taking student sign-ups

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Registration for high school and middle school students in the Central School District will start next week.

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8/10 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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I-O earns national news honors

DALLAS -- The Polk County Itemizer-Observer has won two first-place awards and a third-place honor from the National Newspaper Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

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Campus garden takes root

MONMOUTH -- Emily Plec drops by the 5,000-square-foot garden by Hamersly Library every couple of days since it was planted last spring, yanking weeds when necessary.

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Junior academy thrills, educates kids

DALLAS -- Dangling from a rope, which itself was hanging from the skyward-reaching ladder of a Dallas Fire Department truck, is a unique way to learn about safety.

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8/10 Letters to the Editor

*Something missing from Dallas parade*Polk County Fair about community*Fire department is thankful of support*Lions Club duck race big success*County road crew earns high praise

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Polk nonpartisan petition succeeds

POLK COUNTY -- A measure to make the Polk County Board of Commissioners seats nonpartisan will appear on the ballot during the Nov. 8 general election.

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8/10 OBITUARIES

*Debra Mary Moothart*William S. Lovell*Bruce Vrell*Janet Irene Anderson Fleming*Dianna M. Tweet*Sherri M. Jackson*Phoebie Jane Cox*Raymond Jacob Schimelpfenig*Betty Redington*Edward 'Ed' Myer*Judith Ann Legg*Cynthia 'Cindy' Wilhite*Barbara Carol Coon Lofting

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8/10 Public Agenda

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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Plant Paradise

PEDEE -- At the end of a 2-mile stretch of gravel road, surrounded by wheat fields and forest, sits a plant lover's paradise.

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WS blaze displaces 18 people

WEST SALEM -- Eight apartments were damaged and 18 people were displaced when a fire erupted at a West Salem apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2.

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Police seek SUV, driver

DALLAS -- Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help to identify a vehicle and driver believed to be a factor in a serious injury motorcycle crash Wednesday evening, Aug. 3, on Highway 223 north of Dallas.

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Tuesday, August 2



Wine legislation brings changes

POLK COUNTY -- The Oregon legislature passed a bill clarifying what sort of activities can happen at wineries across the state during the recently completed legislative session.

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Deputy DA Avera resigns

POLK COUNTY -- Sally Avera resigned from her post as Polk County deputy district attorney effective Sunday, July 31.

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8/3 Community Notebook

*Church schedules movies in August*Weekend gathering set for Class of '61*Saturday breakfast slated in Monmouth*Neighborhood group to meet at Murphy's*Valsetz picnic set for Saturday in FC*Gathering planned to honor Civil War*Pentacle Theatre planning auditions*Dallas Old-Timers set annual reunion*DHS Class of '56 will meet Sunday*Monmouth church will host concert*Jump roping camp kicks off Monday*Memory screening offered in Dallas

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Art in limelight at new Civic Center

INDEPENDENCE -- "It looks (Edward) Hopper-ish to me," said Andrea Peyton, admiring a high-contrast acrylic painting of an industrial scene called "The Black Door."

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8/3 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We turned another page on the calendar this week and it's hard to to believe that August is already here. Those of us who love all the good things about summertime in MI Town and in the Willamette Valley are wistfully reflecting on what a truly short season it is, compared to the rest of the year.

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WS Clinic to host open house

WEST SALEM -- The West Salem Clinic is hosting an open house on Monday, Aug. 8, in celebration of "National Health Care Center Week 2011."

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Parent program able to expand

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Commission for Children and Families (PCCCF) will expand its parental education and resources program this year, thanks to a three-year Parenting Education Grant through the Ready to Learn Initiative.

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8/3 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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Community rallies for Gracie

DALLAS -- Like many other 3-year-olds, Gracie Straus has pigtails, a favorite toy (Woody from the "Toy Story" movies), a favorite color (pink), and a happy smile.

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8/3 News in Brief

*Paving to close county roads*Thompson on oversight panel*Polk Dems meet on Thursday*Polk Republicans set picnic*OYA Polk officer earns honor

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West Fest celebration set Friday

WEST SALEM -- The sounds of classic rock music will fill the air during West Salem's annual community celebration, West Fest, scheduled Friday, Aug. 5, at Wallace Marine Park.

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Polk County schools receive CSF monies

POLK COUNTY -- Four Polk County-based school districts shared in the recent distribution of more than $24.3 million from the Oregon Department of Land's Common School Fund.

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8/3 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pastor Mitch Lee of Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church was ordained by the Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church of North America in a ceremony at the conference's annual meeting on July 28 at the conference grounds in Milwaukie.

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8/3 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Elementary registration set to begin*Deadline is Aug. 10 for KVCS camp*First 2011-12 ACT test is Sept 10*Foundation awards scholarships*Polk students earn degrees at EMU*Dallas man qualifies for dean's list

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Son admits to murders

DALLAS -- Andrew Thomas Jondle, the man accused of the brutal slaying of his parents on their farm near Dallas last year, has pleaded guilty to the crimes.

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8/3 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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8/3 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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8/3 Letters to the Editor

*Politicians have U.S. in a mire*Community fun much enjoyed *Youth baseball coaches shine*Dallas hospital does great job*Volunteer officer is a real asset

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Grants will spiff up two sites

INDEPENDENCE -- The city of Independence will help fund repairs to a pair of aging, but critical downtown properties during the coming year.

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8/3 OBITUARIES

*Millie Adams*Brent Abel Williams*Sapphire Kelley Hodge*Wilber E. Marshall*Marion Earl Woodruff Jr.* Suzanne Donovan*Lula Izetta Chambers Lemmon*David Demarest

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Fewer schools meet standard

POLK COUNTY -- Fewer schools in Polk County "met" federal education benchmarks in 2010-11 than the previous year.

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Grilling maestros, get ready

RICKREALL -- Fire up those grills. The fourth year of the Painted Hills Natural Beef Backyard Grilling Contest, part of the 2011 Polk County Fair, is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Ackerman earns distinction

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's Ackerman Hall can now officially be considered one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the United States.

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Floats, boats and so much more

DALLAS -- This year's Summerfest parade featured 102 entries and 1,017 participants. Here are the winners of this year's parade, held on Saturday, July 30, as well as other noted events:

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