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8/22 News in Brief

*Meeting will address postal service*Polk administrator earns high marks*Dog park enthusiasts plan meeting*I-O staffer receives national honor

Meeting will address

postal service

RICKREALL -- Jamie Partridge with the Rural Organizing Project will talk about keeping rural post offices open and maintaining service hours during a meeting Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The gathering begins at 7 p.m. at the Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W).

Local resident David Booth noted that the Rickreall Post Office is on a list of rural post offices facing a possible reduction in operating hours and/or services. Partridge, "the Postal Road Warrior" and a retired mail carrier, will address an upcoming hearing for the public to speak about how important constitutionally guaranteed postal services are.

For more information: David Booth, 503-332-3077.

Polk administrator earns high marks

DALLAS -- Polk County Administrator Greg Hansen received another positive performance review from the Polk County Board of Commissioners last week.

The board conducted its annual performance evaluation of Hansen on Aug. 14, BOC Chairman Mike Ainsworth said.

Ainsworth gave Hansen high praise for his handling of county business, especially in managing the budget in a time of declining funding.

"He's gets an `outstanding' (rank) on everything," Ainsworth said. "He's a great asset to the county.

"Fiscally, I believe he's the top county administrator in the state," Ainsworth added. "He could be working in a lot of other places, but he chose to stay here."

Hansen has worked with the county for nearly three decades, beginning as an intern, and has been in the county administrator position for 16 years.

Dog park enthusiasts plan meeting

MONMOUTH -- Interested in seeing a new dog park built in Monmouth? Consider attending an informal meeting on the subject Saturday at 10 a.m. at Monmouth Public Library.

The city of Monmouth recently approved the creation of a dog park by adding it to its "master list" of short- and long-term park projects.

An off-leash facility is recommended on a 1.1-acre spot in the northwest corner of Monmouth Recreational Park off Hogan Road. The cost for its development, including needed improvements for drainage and a handicap accessible path, is estimated at $85,000.

The Friends of Monmouth Dog Park, an ad hoc group that has been lobbying for the park, is inviting residents to help brainstorm options at Saturday's meeting for funding and volunteer work.

"We're trying to figure out who wants to be involved," said Lisa Silbernagel, a supporter. Silbernagel noted the "Friends" contingent will form a nonprofit in order to seek grants.

For more information on the dog park or other Monmouth park projects: 503-838-0722.

I-O staffer receives

national honor

DALLAS -- Polk County Itemizer-Observer staff photographer Pete Strong has received an honorable mention award from the National Newspaper Association and the 2012 NNA Better Newspaper Contest.

Strong won his award in the category of Best Breaking News Photo. The award was announced earlier this month and comes in the non-daily newspaper division. Strong's photo was title "Charley, We'll Miss You" and was from the memorial service for Dallas High School senior wrestler Charley Engelfried, who collapsed and died following a match in February 2011.

The photo was published in the Feb. 16, 2011, issue of the Itemizer-Observer.

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