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3/14 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Quick. Does anybody know what time it is? Everybody in MI Town is actively dodging puddles and accompanying rainstorms and wishing for last week's sunshine. Now we have the dubious joy of getting used to Daylight Saving Time.

By now we've hopefully changed all the clocks, especially those digital ones that we don't pay that much attention to -- until we need to reset them.

Changing our pets' internal clocks is another story, as the dogs and cat think that breakfast at 5 a.m. is the greatest thing since sliced bread. But we're working on it.

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What are your lunch plans for Thursday? The Friends of the Monmouth Senior Center would love to see your smiling faces and hearty appetites at the semiannual Soup and Pie Sale.

Hours are from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and prices are reasonable -- $3 for a large bowl of soup, $2 for a slice of pie. Soup selections include chicken noodle, vegetable beef, clam chowder and salmon corn chowder. A selection of fruit pies will round out the perfect meal -- and everything is homemade. There's the possibility that you can purchase an entire pie for $8 to take home to enjoy later.

Proceeds benefit the Friends' General Fund, which supports many activities at the senior center.

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Many folks in MI Town look forward to spring break, with trips to the coast, flights to Hawaii or family road trips to Disneyland.

During these hard economic times, the week of March 26-30 is just like any other except schools are closed. For families who depend upon school lunches to help feed their children, the No Hungry Child Spring Break program is scheduled during that time from noon to 1 p.m.

MI Town meal sites are at Henry Hill Elementary School, 750 S. Fifth St., and Colonia Amistad, 30 S. Gun Club Road, in Independence. There will be programs and free books available to children who attend.

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Do you have an old, worn United States flag that is no longer suitable for use? The proper way for retiring the flag is by burning.

Ben Farnstrom of Farnstrom Mortuary will accept these flags and use them to drape over the body of a veteran prior to cremation. Both the veteran and the flag are honored in this way.

Drop your worn flag by Farnstrom's Mortuary in Independence between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, when everybody just happens to claim Irish ancestry. Celebrate with the wearin' of the green and have a great time, but drive carefully and arrive home safely.

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