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11/16 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It seems like it was just the other day that all of us in MI Town were welcoming all the new and returning students to Western Oregon University for the beginning of fall term.

Now all thoughts are on making preparations for Thanksgiving activities and events.

Last weekend's holiday bazaars and sales events were only the beginning of many things to come during the next several weeks.

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Those who attended the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce meeting last Wednesday at the Monmouth Public Library had the opportunity to meet and greet our Polk County Commissioners -- Jennifer Wheeler, Mike Ainsworth and Craig Pope.

The recent passage of Ballot Measure 27-105 makes the office of county commissioner nonpartisan, which means that registered voters need not belong to the two major parties in order to vote for their preferred candidate. All three commissioners voiced their approval of the measure's passage and have agreed to work together for the best possible outcome for Polk County.

It was good to spend some time to share ideas and hopes for the future.

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Even the cold, rainy and foggy mornings don't keep an enthusiastic group of women from meeting at the Monmouth Senior Center every weekday morning at 7:30 for yoga classes.

Gene Lund is our enthusiastic group leader and we welcome new members who would like to join us. The center is located at 180 S. Warren St. in Monmouth. The classes are free; just bring an exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing.

This is a great way to get your batteries charged and an energy boost just in time for the holidays.

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Jeffrey Hamar, a senior at Central High School, is coordinating with the MI Chamber of Commerce to find the best decorated home and business in MI Town during the Christmas season.

You don't have to have the resources of Clark Griswold (from National Lampoon's movie, "Christmas Vacation") to have a chance to win the contest -- just creativity, neatness and holiday spirit will do.

This is Hamar's senior project at CHS and we want to wish him all the best. Applications must be turned in or postmarked by Sunday, Nov. 20, which is just a few days away. The cost to enter the contest is $5 for homes and $10 for businesses.

Contact Jeffrey Hamar at centralrunning2012@hotmail.com to share in the fun.

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Left Coast Cellars, located at 4225 N. Pacific Highway (99W) in Rickreall is having a Warehouse Sale Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to shop locally for some very special and unique presents for holiday giving, and Sandy's Jewelry in Independence announces free layaway for Christmas gifts. Let's all shop in MI Town.

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