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10/10 Mi Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's that time of year when grapes are ripening, and tomatoes and squash are just about at the end of their lifecycles.

We're busily cleaning up the garden beds and preparing for the end of the growing season, while coping with those sometimes not-so-gentle autumn breezes that bring yet another crop of fir and pine cones onto lawns, driveways and sidewalks.

Just when you've filled all the plastic bags and containers with all that debris and wonder what to do next -- it's time for Brandt's Free Fall Debris Cleanup. Mark your calendars for Oct. 20, when you can take your yard debris to Riverview Park in Independence between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If it's grown in your yard or garden -- take it for disposal. You are asked not to bring anything other than plant material.

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Does anybody remember what happened on Oct. 12, 1962?

Do you have stories of the Columbus Day Storm, when Mother Nature went out of control in the Willamette Valley and the Portland area and created all kinds of dreadful events?

Come share your stories or learn about others' Friday at 7 p.m. at the Independence Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Independence Library, and the book about the storm will be available.

For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039; Independence Public Library, 503-838-1811.

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We'll see you at McArthur Stadium on Saturday, when our Western Oregon University Wolves meet Dixie State in football at 1 p.m. It's homecoming weekend on campus, so there will be lots of fun activities and a great football game.

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It's almost time for the Soup and Pie Sale at the Monmouth Senior Center, which is scheduled for Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Here's your opportunity to enjoy a bowl of fresh, homemade soup and a slice of pie for $5, and share in what's been a community tradition for several years.

Phyllis Harriman and Angie Amos will be working with a group of dedicated volunteers and some of the best cooks in MI Town, and Elsie Hinds has called many of us to bring homemade pies to share. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Monmouth Senior Center's general fund.

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