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7/13 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The flags and bunting and red, white and blue decorations have been carefully packed away for another year and we're knee deep in summer activities, as well as responsibilities of home and family.

There are lawns to be mowed, weeds to be pulled and vacations to be planned in this wonderful time of summer sunshine and long, perfect twilight evenings where you just wish time could be suspended indefinitely.

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MI Town celebrated yet another outstanding Fourth of July celebration, and there were special and wonderful activities available to everyone.

This is the time of year when we can show friends and family from near and far all of the goodness and blessings of life in a small town -- where we are all neighbors looking out for each other and enjoying the summer sunshine.

MI Town opens its arms and its heart to all who enter the community and we all gather at the band concert and the parade and the fireworks to say "Happy Birthday, USA." Congratulations to Partners in Community Living (PCL) for being chosen as the best float in the Independence Day parade.

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Consumer Reports magazine recently conducted its first survey of quick-service restaurants. Burgerville, a northwest corporation with restaurants in Oregon and Washington, was listed second in the rankings, with emphasis placed on service, good food and courteous staff members.

MI Town's very own Burgerville restaurant, located on the corner of Main Street and Highway 99W in Monmouth, will celebrate the corporation's 50th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Burgerville was commended on the use of fresh fruits and vegetables in season, and offering customers a choice of healthful meals, according to the survey.

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We don't need to leave MI Town to enjoy summer movies, concerts and picnics in the park or by the river.

Mark Fancey, community development director, is coordinating the Music in the Park concerts in Main Street Park, where the city of Monmouth and Monmouth Business Association promises a great time for everyone.

This evening (Wednesday, July 13), St. James Gate will entertain us with Irish, folk and rock music. Main Street Pub & Eatery will have food and refreshments available for purchase.

On Thursday evening, July 14, "Beethoven" is the featured movie at Riverview Park in Independence.

Coordinating the movies and concerts with local businesses and the city of Independence, Rick Gydesen, owner of Rick's Place in Monmouth, encourages everyone to bring blankets, picnic baskets and the whole family for an evening of summertime entertainment, with the movie beginning at dusk.

Friday, July 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Joe Stoddard Band will entertain us at the Riverview Park Amphitheater with their special combination of country and comedy. See you there.

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