2/15 News in Brief

*Senator slates Saturday town hall*Home, garden show vendors sought*Easterly bribe trial date postponed*Lunch program seeking volunteers

Senator slates Saturday town hall

WEST SALEM -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will hold a Polk County town hall meeting Saturday afternoon in West Salem.

The gathering takes place at 4:30 p.m. at Straub Middle School, 1920 Wilmington Ave. NW, in West Salem.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answer questions and invite suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

For more information: 503-326-2747.

Home, garden show vendors sought

RICKREALL -- Vendor space remains available for the fifth annual Polk Home and Garden Show, Feb. 24-26 at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Events Center in Rickreall.

Vendor space costs $350 for a single 10-foot-by-10-foot space.

The Polk Home and Garden Show will feature three days of vendor exhibits, merchandise, home remodeling advice and more.

For more information: Deb Thomas, 503-428-8224; e-mail to polkproductions@meritel.net; www.polkhomeandgardenshow.com.

Easterly bribe trial date postponed

DALLAS -- The trial of a West Salem man accused of attempting to bribe members of the Polk Soil & Water Conservation District board has been postponed.

Originally slated for a two-day trial beginning Feb. 7, it has now been moved to April.

E.M. Easterly is facing five counts of bribe giving for allegedly attempting to offer money to five members of the PSWCD Board during an incident at its March 9, 2011, meeting. According to minutes of the meeting, Easterly reportedly offered money in exchange for board members not approving the district's treasurer's report.

The case is now scheduled for a pretrial hearing on March 3 and a trial is slated to begin on April 18.

Lunch program seeking volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- Marion-Polk Food Share is seeking volunteers to give a few hours of their time to help feed hungry children during the upcoming spring break, March 26-30, at various locations throughout Polk and Marion counties.

This year's program will involve 39 meal sites in the region, including locations in Dallas, Independence and Falls City. These sites will serve an estimated 7,500 meals.

The No Hungry Child Spring Break Lunch Program seeks to make sure that children, ages 1 to 18, have a nutritious lunch available to them. The program sites are in high need areas where many of the children qualify for federal free or reduced-price lunch because of their family economic situation.

For more information or to volunteer: Janet Spingath, 503-581-3855, ext. 311.


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