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3/2 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My deadline for publication was last Friday, and it's a beautiful winter's day with clear blue skies, remnants of snow in the yard and very cold temperatures outside the window.

Spring feels so close you can almost reach out and touch it -- but the bitter chill brings a big dose of reality and the need for an extra-heavy coat, warm hat and heavy gloves or mittens for a morning walk.

As if we didn't know it already, the television news stations keep bombarding us with ever-changing weather information and far too much information from reporters alongside roadways and in parking lots.

There used to be a saying years ago that you could tell when it was spring in Oregon because the rain was warmer. I'll tip my hot chocolate cup to that statement, and add that I'm thankful we've gotten through at least most of another winter without any real weather disasters like people have experienced in so much of the country this year.

With the rain and wind making their presence known on these chilly days and evenings, most of us are content to put another log on the fire and snuggle down in a comfy chair with a good book. Those brave little daffodils and tiny purple violets are starting to appear all over MI Town and that gives us some hope that the long, cold and wet winter will soon be over.

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The Chemeketa Community College bulletin announcing spring term classes is now online -- another sure harbinger of spring. Offerings include classes to assist non-English speaking people to prepare for GED testing. These Spanish language classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Talmadge Middle School, 510 S. 16th St., Independence, from March 28 through May 18. The fee is $35.

Also of interest to MI Town's Spanish speaking community is a class titled English Now, which is a course in conversational English. This class will be held the same dates at Colonia Amistad, 30 S. Gun Club Road, Independence. The fee is $35.

Contact Linda Kaufman at 503-316-3282 for more information and to register for either of these classes.

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Every weekday morning at 7:30 a.m. -- rain or shine -- several of us get together at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth, for a one-hour yoga class. We've discovered it's a great way to begin our busy days.

All senior members of MI Town are invited to wear comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat, rug or towel and see what you've been missing. The classes are free, and you're invited to stay for coffee, tea and conversation afterward.

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