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9/28 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our local elementary, middle school and high school students are well into the routine of school this fall, and students new to Western Oregon University are beginning to adjust to college life in MI Town.

This Saturday, we turn the calendar page to a brand new month -- and for those of us who wish for endless warm and sunny days, it's time to put away our summer memories and try to remember where we packed the coats, jackets and umbrellas.

October can bring us golden days and crisp, cool evenings and the promise of one of Oregon's best seasons to come - Indian Summer.

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I can't remember a more fun Hop & Heritage Festival than the one we celebrated last weekend in Independence.

Thanks to all the hard work and time commitment by so many dedicated volunteers, the festival offered something fun for MI Town residents and visitors of all ages.

What else can be said about barbecues, ghost walks, pancake breakfasts and goodies available from vendors along Main Street and at Riverview Park? The Friends of the Independence Library's used book sale was well attended. Rogue Ales beer garden was fun for the 21-and-over crowd, and featured local hops in many of their tasty and unique offerings.

We were all royally entertained all weekend long, and Mother Nature cooperated very well to give us sunshine, blue skies and good weather.

Those of us who also participated -- and found all kinds of bargains -- at the Community Yard Sale in Monmouth's Main Street Park enjoyed catching up with neighbors and meeting new friends.

Who knew we could all have such a busy and enjoyable weekend without leaving MI Town?

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Another good thing about a brand spanking-new month is that Monmouth Senior Center's community breakfast is Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

You'll have the opportunity to enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage and biscuits and gravy with family and friends. Prices are reasonable ($5 for adults and $3 for children under 12), all cooks and other volunteers will greet you with cheerful smiles, and servings are tasty and generous.

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Road and school construction zones have -- at times -- tested our patience and reminded us that we need to factor in time and patience for occasional delays during our travels here and there. It's good to see that most everyone is cooperative and understanding during these journeys, and that the changes being made are for the better. Slowing down for traffic or for school zones helps remind us to be more careful and attentive to our driving.

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