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Friday, August 30



9/4 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, SEPT. 5 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.* Dallas Lions Club -- 11:30 a.m., Hong Kong Restaurant, 325 Main St., Dallas. Everyone welcome. 503-931-9860.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* "Mom and Me" Breastfeeding Support Group -- 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. 503-623-7323.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Compassionate Friends Support Group -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital conference room, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. For those experiencing the loss of a loved one. 503-623-7323. FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 * Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809. SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 * Monmouth Senior Center All-You-Can-Eat Community Breakfast -- 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Cost: $6, adults; $3, children under 12. 503-838-5678.* Independence Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sterling Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.* Independence Riverview Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Main Street, Independence. 503-837-0045.* Polk Community Free Clinic -- 9 a.m. to noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas. Free medical and mental health care for uninsured and underinsured. Held on the first and fourth Saturday of the month. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. 503-990-8772.* Spirit Mountain Carts & Crafts Faire -- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Features local craft beers, Oregon food and music. Free admission. 1-800-760-7977.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062. SUNDAY, SEPT. 8 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Jensen Arctic Museum Wild Salmon Bake -- 4 p.m., Gentle House, 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Food, music, raffles and more. Cost: $30 individually or $210 for a table of eight. 503-838-8468 or 503-838-8281. MONDAY, SEPT. 9 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.* Dallas High School Booster Club -- 7 p.m., Dallas High School library, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. dhsboosters2010@gmail.com. TUESDAY, SEPT. 10 * Family Caregiver Support Group -- 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. 503-831-5593.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Polk County Republican Women -- 11:30 a.m., Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence. No-host lunch available. 503-623-5759.* Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Lunch Forum -- Noon, Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Cost: $7. 503-838-4268.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic -- 2 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (surgery admitting area), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.* Monmouth Senior Center Music Jam -- 6:30 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Open to the public; musicians of all types welcome. 503-838-5678.* Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 -- 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2591.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593.

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Thursday, August 29

 

9/4 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.-- DALLAS Arrests/Citations* Jason L. Pyatt, 33, of Dallas in the 500 block of East Ellendale Avenue on Aug. 27 on charges of assault IV, menacing and two warrants.* Angela L. Byers, 50, of Dallas in the 1100 block of Southwest Levens Street on Aug. 28 on three warrants. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Marlow J. Mitchell, 18, of Keizer and Anthony S. Neal Jr. 19, of Salem in the 700 block of Maria Street on Aug. 24 on failure to appear warrants.* Joshua R. Gabriel, 38, and Brandon D. Perkins, 30, both of Independence in the 300 block of Dawn Court on Aug. 26 on charges of second degree criminal mischief and second degree disorderly conduct.* Marcos A. Genera, 22, of Independence at Falcon Loop and F Street on Aug. 27 on a charge of reckless driving.* Adan Reyes-Santiago, 53, of Independence in the 700 block of North Log Cabin Street on Aug. 27 on a failure to appear warrant. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Carissa L. Garcia, 23, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 25 on a failure to appear warrant.* James M. Melendy, 51, of Monmouth in the 1700 block of Monmouth Street on Aug. 25 on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, felon in possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.* Heather L. Harrington, 23, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 26 on a failure to appear warrant.* Eric S. Lofton, 27, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Aug. 26 on a charge of physical harassment.* Tyler F. Rexroad, 23, of Monmouth at Main Street East and Craven Street North on Aug. 26 on a probation violation.* Sarah B. Caward, 32, of Dallas in the 200 block of Pacific Highway North on Aug. 30 on a charge of second degree disorderly conduct.

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9/4 Letters to the Editor

*City needs to limit its utility increases*Law enforcement tax lavy is a scam*Grant will benefit anti-bullying effort*Contributors made tourney a success

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9/4 News in Brief

*Local Democrats to meet Thursday*Polk County CERT unit planning drill*Peer counselors sought for seniors*Grand Ronde man named to board

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Fire district seeks voter support

INDEPENDENCE -- Polk County Fire District No. 1 will be asking Monmouth and Independence voters for new funds to maintain operations and services on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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Wednesday, August 28

 

9/4 Community Notebook

*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Gospel bluegrass concert scheduled*Jazz festival to help county nonprofits*Pizza fundraiser for Camp Attitude set*Master Gardeners will meet Sept. 11*Writing workshop reunion scheduled*Quilt raffle benefit still selling tickets*Community center available for rent

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Sports schedule for the week 8/28 - 9/4

THURSDAY, AUG. 29 Volleyball: Central at Elmira, 6:45 p.m. Falls City at McKenzie Jamboree, TBA. Boys Soccer: Dallas at Woodburn Jamboree, 10 a.m. Girls Soccer: Dallas at Woodburn Jamboree, 10 a.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Bush Park XC Awards Night, TBA. FRIDAY, AUG. 30 Football: Perrydale vs. Sherman at Dufur, 4 p.m. Dallas at Glencoe (Hare Field, Hillsboro), 7 p.m. Central at La Salle, 7 p.m. Falls City at Triangle Lake, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 31 Volleyball: Perrydale at Dufur Classic Jamboree, 9 a.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 2 Volleyball: Livingstone Academy at Falls City, TBA. TUESDAY, SEPT. 3 Volleyball: C.S. Lewis at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Dallas at Aloha, 7:30 p.m.-- Schedules Subject to Change

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Rose Recycles: Glass with class

MONMOUTH -- If necessity is the mother of invention and curiosity is the spark behind every great idea, then inspiration must be the seed for creating art.

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Tuesday, August 27



9/4 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Just because we've turned the calendar to September doesn't mean that summertime is just a tender memory.Even though school has started for many students and the kids are busy with so many things, we'll still have plenty of great weather for barbecues, picnics and good walks during these beautiful days and evenings. What a great way to enjoy the afternoon and early evening hours before they disappear for several months.--It's also time to watch for students of all ages as they walk to and from school. All those big yellow school buses will be sharing the roads with us in the early morning and late afternoons, carrying their precious cargo -- our children and grandchildren -- for the next several months and we all need to be extra careful while driving in our communities.School zone speed limits are also in effect, and since our law enforcement officers can't be everywhere all the time, it's necessary that we observe those speed limits and drive carefully in school zones.--Mark your calendars for this coming Saturday and bring your family and their appetites to the Monmouth Senior Center for the monthly all-you-can-eat community breakfast. Super volunteers will be ready to serve hungry folks of all ages. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and the meal includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee. This is a great way to start a busy Saturday morning. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.--We enjoyed the concert series at both Main Street Park in Monmouth and Riverview Park and Amphitheater in Independence during July and August, and we will miss those special evenings gathering with friends and neighbors while listening to good entertainers and enjoying picnic suppers or snacks available from our local merchants.These events don't just happen by themselves, and a hearty "thank you" to those who worked so hard to provide special evenings for all of us.We can all remember to patronize our local businesses and merchants who do so many good things for all of us in MI Town.--It's apple season and this year's crop is looking good. If you shop at local supermarkets, booths at farmers markets, or pick from backyard trees to make your very special cider, pies or applesauce, it's definitely the season. Whatever variety you choose, our Willamette Valley apples provide all the goodness of the seasons in one crisp bite.--These beautiful mornings and cooler evenings remind us of the transition in seasons, and can also remind us of what pleasure there can be in a good walk around the neighborhood or through our downtown areas as we visit with friends along the way and welcome new folks to our community.

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9/4 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Family reunions abound at this time of year and Daniel and Heidi Russell had two back to back.Heidi's parents, Linda and Jon Hovet, live south of Eugene but the family met at the North Albany Park on Aug. 18, which was a central location for all the aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and their families.Daniel's mom's family met at Lowell State Park on Aug. 25, where his sister, aunts, uncles and cousins had a great time visiting. His parents, Jay and Phyllis Russell, live in Pleasant Hill.The Russell kids -- Allana, Alex, Abby, Aliyah and Arwyn -- loved getting to know their cousins on both occasions.--Bill and Louisa Gonyou invited the Pedee Women's Club to lunch at their home in Oregon City on Aug. 28, so nine members and husbands carpooled from Rickreall. Those going were Juandeane Skidmore, Marge Robertson, Marguerite and Mel Nice, Norine Weiland, and Judy and Bill Dixon. Louisa is an avid gardener and her lush yard shows it. She also collects glassware, which was a joy to see.--Paul and Diane Telfer hosted a luncheon for the 80th birthday celebration of Paul's mother, Martha, on Aug. 24. Martha's brother Robert Gregory, his wife Pam, and daughter Angie came from Salem for the celebration. Also attending were her son Jonathan and his two children, Micah and Selah, and Paul and Diane's son David and his wife Kelly, with their daughter Te  and her daughters Amber and Helena, and Helena's husband Keith Christiansen and daughter Calista. The family loved seeing Diane's flower and vegetable gardens.

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9/4 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Dallas Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee -- 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.* Monmouth Historic Commission -- 6 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. MONDAY, SEPT. 9 * Independence Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.* Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative Board -- 7 p.m., Luckimaute Domestic Water Cooperative business office, 8585 Suver Road, Monmouth. 503-838-2075. TUESDAY, SEPT. 10 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Dallas Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.* Kings Valley Charter School Board -- 7 p.m., Kings Valley Charter School, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, Kings Valley. 541-929-2134.* Independence City Council -- 7:30 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 * Monmouth Library Board -- 7 a.m., Monmouth Public Library meeting room, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.* Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board -- 6 p.m., Murphy's Grill (banquet room), 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. 503-623-9680, ext. 108. * Monmouth Park and Recreation Board -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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9/4 OBITUARIES

*Karlene Ruth Halstead*Harlan C. Harris*Cheryl Kay Zimmerman*Baby Alexander Michael Beasley

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9/4 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Sept. 5, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Thursday, Sept. 5, noon -- Book Discussion Group ("Drowning Ruth" by Christina Schwarz)* Tuesday, Sept. 10, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming events and special programs.-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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Monday, August 26

 

Homelessness is discussed

MONMOUTH -- Residents and members from various organizations met Thursday night to address a seldom seen yet prevalent problem in Monmouth, Independence and Dallas.

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8/28 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. TUESDAY, SEPT. 3 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Dallas City Council -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502. * Monmouth City Council -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Dallas Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee -- 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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8/28 Letters to the Editor

*'The Crawl' was a successful event*Fire crews receive kudos for response*DHS XC showed great attitudes*Wrestling program appreciates help*donations to dog control unit valued*Citizens need say on code revisions

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Sunday, August 25



Saturday, August 24



Tentative agreement reached

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- In their first mediation meeting in decades, Central School District and its classified staff walked out with a tentative agreement.

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Friday, August 23

   

8/28 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.-- DALLAS Arrests/Citations* Michael W. Collinsworth, 31, of Dallas in the 500 block of Southwest Levens Street on Saturday on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.* Nicholas D.J. Collinsworth, 27, of Dallas in the 500 block of Southwest Levens Street on Saturday on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.* Joel P. Covington, 26, of Portland at Walmart, 321 NE Kings Valley Highway, on Sunday on a change of first-degree theft.* Neil M. Smail, 25, of Hillsboro at Walmart, 321 NE Kings Valley Highway, on Sunday on a change of first-degree theft.* Jacqueline D. Woodward, 52, of Dallas in the 600 block of East Ellendale Avenue on Sunday on a charge of menacing.* Trisha D. Diaz, 30, of Estacada in the 200 block of North Kings Valley Highway on Sunday on a charge of conspiracy to commit promoting of prostitution.* Floyd D. Luster Jr., 39, of Portland in the 200 block of North Kings Valley Highway on Sunday on a charge of conspiracy to commit prostitution.* Mechele M. Miller, 38, of Portland in the 200 block of North Kings Valley Highway on Sunday on charges of prostitution and promoting of prostitution. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Jason E. Clarkson, 29, of Philomath in the 800 block of D Street in Philomath on Aug. 21 on a charge of unlawful delivery of marijuana.* Tamani M. Gonzales, 45, of Independence in the 1300 block of Monmouth Street on Aug. 22 on a charge of third-degree theft.* Marlow J. Mitchell, 18, of Keizer in the 700 block of Maria Street on Saturday on a failure to appear warrant.* Anthony S. Neal Jr., 19, of Salem in the 700 block of Maria Street on Saturday on a charge of unlawful delivery of marijuana and a failure to appear warrant. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Evan M. Neeley, 18, of Independence in the 300 block of Monmouth-Independence Highway on Aug. 20 on a charge of second-degree theft.* Terry L. Coe, 56, a transient, at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 21 on a failure to appear warrant.* Sandra M. Byrd, 36, of Monmouth at Pacific Highway North and Church Street East on Saturday on a failure to appear warrant.* Marcus C. Crockett, 21, of Salem in the 700 block of Maria Street on Saturday on a probation violation.* Jose Hernandez Rosales, 25, of Independence in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue South on Saturday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering.* Whitney O. McKibben, 20, of Monmouth in the 700 block of Maria Street on Saturday on charges of minor in possession of alcohol, furnishing/providing/giving liquor to minor/intoxicated person and unnecessary noise.* Jhan C. Dryden, 46, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Main Street East on Sunday on charges of unlawful posession of methamphetamine and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.

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Indecency sentencing handed out

DALLAS -- An Independence man accused of public indecency and attempted kidnap of a child in two separate cases has pleaded guilty to one count of public indecency and will serve more than six years for the crime.

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8/28 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. The Boomers (classic rock). 2013 series season finale. Free. 503-838-0722.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, AUG. 29 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* "Mom and Me" Breastfeeding Support Group -- 1 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. 503-623-7323.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series -- 6:30 p.m., Rotary Performing Arts Stage, Main and Academy streets, Dallas. Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts (old-time rock `n' roll). 2013 series season finale. Free. 503-831-3571.* River's Edge Summer Movie Series -- 8:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. "Iron Man 2." 2013 series season finale. Free. 503-508-6696. FRIDAY, AUG. 30 * Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.* River's Edge Summer Concert Series -- 7:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. Fiesta Mexicana. 2013 series season finale. Free. 503-508-6696. SATURDAY, AUG. 31 * Independence Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sterling Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.* Independence Riverview Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Main Street, Independence. 503-837-0045.* Monmouth Business Association Community Yard Sale -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. 503-330-6598.* Falls City Bad to the Bone Festival -- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Main Street, Falls City. 503-991-2380.* Independence Mexican Fiesta -- 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. 503-838-3518.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Ramming Steer Gospel Music Roundup -- 5 p.m., TJ Buhler Farm, 4870 Van Well Road, Dallas. Performers include Glory Road Travelers, Shari Dawn, Lee Larson and SONrise. 503-623-4039 or 503-931-8951. SUNDAY, SEPT. 1 * Polk Flea Market -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: $1; children 12 and under, free. Early admission from 6 to 9 a.m. is $5. 503-428-8224.* Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Ramming Steer Gospel Music Roundup -- 4 p.m., TJ Buhler Farm, 4870 Van Well Road, Dallas. Performers include Glory Road Travelers, Shari Dawn, Lee Larson, SONrise and 4 By Grace Quartet. 503-623-4039 or 503-931-8951. TUESDAY, SEPT. 3 * James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Yarning for Others -- 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters make clothing items for others in the community. 503-689-7222.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593.

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Thursday, August 22

  

No excuses - Wolves want to win now

MONMOUTH - Complacency can destroy a season before it begins. That isn't a problem for the 2013 Western Oregon University football team - they want to win now.

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8/28 OBITUARIES

*Betsey Ann Branigar*David Rodriguez Loera*Harlan C. Harris*William 'Bill' Edward Davis*George R. Doll*Juan 'Johnny' Manuel Reyna*Karlene Ruth Halstead

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8/28 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Dorothy McBeth got quite a surprise Aug. 21 when she went to the Pedee Women's Club.As she was quilting, in walked her daughter Willa's daughter, Paula Allen, and her husband, Michael, as well as sons Andrew and James. The family had driven down from its home in Canada to see her.They all then went to Dorothy's, along with Dorothy's son, Darrel McBeth, to have lunch and a good visit. That night the whole family had dinner at Darrel and Shirley's. Dorothy's daughter, Sandy, and husband, Jerry Quiring, from Dallas and son, Sam McBeth, and Terry Proctor were there.Andrew is an accomplished bagpipe player and played for them.--Pete and LaVerne Bennett recently attended the dedication of their youngest granddaughter, Avery Bennett, at the South Salem Nazarene Church. She is the daughter of Jim and Julie Bennett of Salem. Also attending were Avery's older brothers, Reese and Isaac, and sister, Hannah, along with grandparents Larry and Gail Bennett from Elgin. The only one missing was older sister Amanda Bennett, who is in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Fairchild Air Base in Spokane, Wash.--Dancing Oaks Nursery is gearing up for its Full Moon Garden Walk at the nursery, which will be the night of Sept. 18. The event includes finger food and wine, plus music by harp guitarist John Doan. Tickets for this beautiful event are $30 and if you purchase them before Sept. 10 you'll receive 20 percent off all plants between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the garden walk, plus be entered into a drawing for two $40 gift certificates. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. For more information: 503-838-6058.

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Wednesday, August 21



Sentencing delayed in sex abuse case

DALLAS -- The sentencing hearing for a Salem man convicted of sex abuse in the attack of a 19-year-old woman has been delayed and the result may be that he will serve a longer sentence for the crime.

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Dunlap to speak at WOU Coaches Clinic

Former National Basketball Association head coach Mike Dunlap will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Western Oregon Men's Basketball Coaches Clinic, scheduled Sept. 14.

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OSAA reviews new rules for fall

The Oregon School Activities Association has completed its tour of the state, but will continue in-house workshops to inform athletic directors of new rules and regulations for the upcoming season.

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8/28 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4 p.m. -- Read to the Dog* Thursday, Aug. 29, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Tuesday, Sept. 3, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming events and special programs.-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m. -- Wednesday Afternoon Chess-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming events and special programs.

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8/28 School Notes / Academic Honors

*'Orientation day' in Dallas slated*Painting projects planned at EHCS*Family Christian School has openings*Monmouth woman receives degree*CHS graduate named to honor roll*Dallas resident earns honor at NAU*DRV awards scholarships to staffers

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Are you ready for some football?

The fall sports season officially got under way Monday with the first full day of sanctioned practices in Polk County and throughout Oregon. Among those practicing was the Dallas High football team.

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Charter and Comcast reach agreement on CSNNW

Charter and Comcast SportsNet Northwest (CSNNW) have announced the completion of a distribution agreement for Charter to launch CSNNW to Charter customers throughout the Pacific Northwest, including in Polk County.

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Man charged in child abuse case

MONMOUTH -- A Monmouth man was arraigned Friday on child abuse charges in connection with an unconscious 17-month-old boy found Aug. 7 at a home in the 15000 block of Airlie Road in rural Polk County.

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Ready, set, go party!

What do you get when you combine Woodstock with athletes ranging from world class runners to your neighbor next door?

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Watkins throws perfect game in WCL

Western Oregon University senior-to-be pitcher Spenser Watkins tossed the first perfect game in West Coast League history during a collegiate summer league baseball contest on July 26.

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8/28 Community Notebook

*Hospital volunteers set book sale event*Community yard sale is Saturday*Gardening seminar deadline extended

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8/28 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is upon us.Seems like we were just talking about plans for Memorial Day and the entire summer stretched ahead of us like so many miles of beach walking and time spent with visiting family and friends.Now it's time to gear up for the big yellow school buses and students returning to our local elementary, middle and high schools. It won't be long before college students will be back from their summer jobs and ready to begin the new school year at Western Oregon University.I've always thought of September as a month of new beginnings, with opportunities for learning and the hope of good things for MI Town and our surrounding communities.It's a good time of year to take the time to do something for somebody else. Not so easy, perhaps, as we have busy schedules and demands upon our time grow more and more with every passing day. Whatever our jobs, interests and responsibilities, our economic and social situations, we are all working harder and doing more all the time. Speaking just for me for a moment, there are days I feel nearly overwhelmed -- and it's hard to say "yes" when we are all stretched to the limit with job and family responsibilities and not enough hours in the day to do the things we need to do, much less what we want to do.We can't all step in to save the world, but there are so many little things we can do to make our communities better and happier places to be. Not everybody can write a generous check to support their favorite charities, but volunteering at the library, food bank or nearby school is always appreciated. Our cities need volunteers to serve on committees and to help with various programs.What we can all do -- even if we don't have any extra time or money -- is to brighten somebody's day with a smile or a few kind words of encouragement. We've all had moments when everything is going utterly and completely wrong, and it feels like nothing will ever be right again, but a warm and friendly smile from someone else has made the day much better. Sometimes that is enough to help us pick up our burdens and face the future with more courage and hope than we had before.--It's not too early to remind you of the Jensen Arctic Museum's upcoming annual Salmon Bake, scheduled Sept. 8 at Gentle House on the Western Oregon University campus. The cost is $32 per person, which includes a full evening of entertainment as well as a silent auction. Call 503-838-8147 or send an email to arctic@wou.edu for more information.--My absolute favorite event of the year -- the Oregon State Fair -- is in full swing at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Load up the kids and pack a lunch and see all the good things without spending a fortune on food and carnival rides. See you there.

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Monday, August 19

 

Budding filmmaker set for debut

DALLAS -- Justen Noll, an aspiring filmmaker and incoming Dallas High School junior, will take a step this weekend most trying to break into the business would envy.

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8/21 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Center -- Noon to 3 p.m., 305 N. Main St., Falls City. Food box distribution. Held on third Wednesday of every month. 503-787-3833.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. Jacob Merlin Band (funk and soul). Free. 503-838-0722.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, AUG. 22 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series -- 6:30 p.m., Rotary Performing Arts Stage, Main and Academy streets, Dallas. Graber, Souter and Rupp (western gospel). Free. 503-831-3571.* River's Edge Summer Movie Series -- 8:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. "Shark Tale." Free. 503-508-6696. FRIDAY, AUG. 23 * Moonlight & Vines -- 6 to 9 p.m., Nesmith Readiness Center, 12830 Westview Drive, Dallas. Fundraiser for the West Valley Hospital Foundation. Includes dinner, music and dancing, and a silent auction. Admission: $50. 503-831-3456.* Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $3 (staff and parents are free). 503-269-7303.* Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.* River's Edge Summer Concert Series -- 7:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. Franco Palleta and the Stingers (blues). Free. 503-508-6696. SATURDAY, AUG. 24 * Independence Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sterling Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.* Independence Riverview Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Main Street, Independence. 503-837-0045.* Polk Community Free Clinic -- 9 a.m. to noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas. Free medical and mental health care for uninsured and underinsured. Held on the first and fourth Saturday of the month. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. 503-990-8772.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Mark Wood & The Parrot Head Band i n concert -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Group performs calypso, reggae, rock `n' roll, country, rhythm and blues, and samba/salsa true to the style of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. Tickets: $10 and up; 21 and over older. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, AUG. 25 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950. MONDAY, AUG. 26 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.* American Red Cross Blood Drive -- 12:30 to 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 879 SW Levens St., Dallas. 503-930-7636. TUESDAY, AUG. 27 * James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. The Boomers (classic rock). 2013 series season finale. Free. 503-838-0722.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593.

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Blaze chars rural land

DALLAS -- A wildfire northwest of Dallas burned 32 acres of brush, grass, trees and debris Saturday afternoon before firefighters from 14 agencies were able to contain it.

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Friday, August 16

 

8/21 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Don Brostrom was combining his wheat on Aug. 14, when a spark from a bearing that went out on the combine caught eight acres and the fenceline on fire.A lot of trucks and people were on the scene for several hours putting the fire out. Crews from Pedee, Dallas, Monmouth and Airlie fire stations, neighbors with water trucks and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded, which he was very thankful for. The combine is fine.--Levi and Dawntae Bault, sons of Cliff and Anne Bault, entered several items in the Polk County Fair and did Pedee proud.Eleven-year-old Dawntae entered 18 items, mostly cooking, and consequently came in second in the Junior Chef contest. He got Best of Show with his angel food cake, plus six blue ribbons, three reds and four white ribbons, all on items he made completely on his own -- well, except for his eggs. He also got two blue ribbons on his chicken and a red on his pony. Levi got three champions and a reserve in 4-H shooting sports.LaVerne Bennett and I entered quilts in the fair. She entered three and got a blue ribbon on a hand quilted one, and a red on another. I entered four, getting three blue ribbons and two special awards. Both Grandma's Attic quilt shop in Dallas and Ladies of Liberty quilt shop in Independence provided prizes for those.--Sam and Judy Guida drove to Colville, Wash., to visit Scott and Sharon Ketchum, who lived in Airlie for many years. They hiked in the mountains, picked wild huckleberries and picnicked by mountain lakes near the Canadian border. On their trip back they stayed at the Skamania Lodge overlooking the Columbia River, where they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.--Thirteen couples participated in the two-day "Love and Respect" marriage workshop sponsored by Pedee Church and facilitated by Corvallis pastor Dave Jackson on Aug. 9-10. They came from both the local area and as far away as Sweet Home and Eugene.Kerith Lodge in Pedee was a good setting for an event such as this.Jackson facilitates these workshops through his organization called Marriage Works Family Matters (mwfm.org), a faith-based Oregon nonprofit founded on Nov. 21, 2012, to provide professional and pastoral services from a Christian perspective.

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Spirit Mountain hosts Beaver Sports Talk

The 2013 version of Beaver Sports Talk debuts for the third straight year from Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. with the special Pac-12 Football Preview Show.

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Alex Trevino: "Mr. Entertainment"

INDEPENDENCE -- Even before The Police Experience took the stage, their eager and loyal fans were already sitting comfortably, waiting for what would be the cover band's second time performing at Independence's Riverview Park and Amphitheater.

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8/21 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime in MI Town just keeps getting better and better.The sweet corn on the cob that was my favorite treat at our recent Polk County Fair is available in our local grocery stores and in farmers markets all around the area. My next year's garden thoughts are centering around corn, green beans, zucchini and all the other good vegetables that grace our tables at this time of year. Picking fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onions for our salads every day enhances whatever we cook and serve for dinner.It won't be long before we will enjoy our first pie made from our backyard apple trees. We are still savoring wonderful blueberries and fresh peaches on breakfast cereal, pancakes and in baked coffee cakes.We'll skip the wine country tour in the south of France and take a well-stocked picnic basket to one of our local wineries for a relaxing afternoon, where we can visit with friends and neighbors in our very own community.--Mark your calendar for Tuesday, when new Monmouth Public Library Director Krist Obrist will welcome everyone to an open house.Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., when you'll be invited to enjoy light refreshments and perhaps take a brief survey and visit with Krist, library staff members and those of us who are looking forward to all the new ideas that she will share.Krist has been the youth services librarian for several years previous to her appointment as director, following Phelps Shepherd's retirement.--It's another month away, but the days and weeks are speeding by and before we know it college football season will begin.Coach Arne Ferguson and our Western Oregon University football team's first home game is Sept. 21. We're looking forward to seeing new faces and welcoming returning team members as our Wolves host Dixie State at 1 p.m. at McArthur Field.In the 13 years we've had season tickets to the WOU football games, we have enjoyed so many golden Saturday afternoons sharing college football memories with neighbors, friends and students. Unlike many other college football games, Wolves' tickets are reasonably priced and good food is available at the concession stand.Let's all get out and support our local university and have a wonderful time.--Please be extra watchful when out and about on these summer days and evenings. We all need to be mindful of buckling our seat belts and taking those extra few moments to check for oncoming traffic before entering an intersection. There's also farm equipment using our local roads and that calls for extra attention from all of us. Take care to get home safely.

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8/21 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.-- DALLAS Arrests/Citations* Richard Powers, 47, of Dallas in the 600 block of Main Street on Aug. 9 on charges of failure to register as a sex offender within 10 days of his birthday, failure to register as a sex offender after changing his address and a probation violation.* Megan M. Rock, 25, of Winlock, Wash., in the 200 block of Northeast Orchard Drive on Aug. 11 on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution.* Nilecce P. Watts, 23, of Kalama, Wash., in the 200 block of Northeast Orchard Drive on Aug. 11 on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution.* Jacob A. Bailey, 19, of Dallas in the 600 block of Southeast Rosewood Lane on Aug. 12 on a probation violation.* Crystal J. Norwood-Walker, 28, of Salem in the 200 block of Northeast Orchard Drive on Aug. 13 on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution.* Jesse R. Beels, 34, at the corner of Southeast Uglow Avenue and Southeast Ash Street on Aug. 13 on a warrant.* Mark H. Hembling, 53, of Portland in the 200 block of Northeast Orchard Drive on Aug. 13 on charges of conspiracy to commit prostitution and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.* Melinda A. Kelley, 43, of Portland in the 200 block of Northeast Orchard Drive on Aug. 13 on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution.* Casey A. Walker, 29, of Dallas at the corner of Southeast Walnut Avenue and Southeast LaCreole Drive on Saturday on charges of failure to return a suspended or revoked license, driving while suspended or revoked and driving uninsured.* Bradley T. Bearface, 22, of Dallas on Southwest Church Street on Sunday on a warrant. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Andres Diaz-Ceja, 20, of Keizer and Edgar A. Rodriguez, 20, of Salem in the 300 block of North Log Cabin Street on Aug. 10 on charges of minor in possession of alcohol.* Rolando C. Coronado, 27, transient at North Polk Street and North Main Street on Aug. 11 on a probation violation.* Evan M. Neeley, 18, of Independence in the 1400 block of E Street on Aug. 12 on charges of third degree theft and third degree escape.* Cary E. Rotan, 52, of Independence in the 400 block of South 11th Street on Aug. 13 on a parole violation.* Armando Ceballos Sandate, 34, of Independence in the 300 block of North Ash Street on Aug. 14 on a charge of felony strangulation.* Corey T. Harman, 20, of Independence in the 1000 block of H Street on Aug. 14 on charges of probation violation, second-degree criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree escape, failure to register as a sex offender, second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree criminal trespass.* Kasey L. Weddle, 22, of Independence in the 1300 block of Marigold Drive on Saturday on a charge of fourth-degree assault. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations * Dustin C. McKay, 21, of Keizer at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 9 on a failure to appear warrant.* Nathan A. Stevens, 28, of Salem in the 100 block of Catron Street South on Aug. 12 on a charge of menacing-use/display of a weapon.* Kristofer L. Davis, 32, of Portland at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 14 on a failure to appear warrant.* Alexander M. Tennyson, 24, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall on Aug. 14 on a failure to appear warrant.* James A. Genera, 49, of Salem at Main Street East and Craven Street North on Sunday on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Tylor C. Armstrong of Independence, Jeffrey J. Biester of Monmouth and Aedan A. Jensen of Corvallis, all 18, in the 500 block of Falls City Highway on Sunday on charges of minor in possession of alcohol.

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Thursday, August 15

 

8/21 Business Notebook

*MINET names Patten new manager*Outdoor living firm sets open house*New hair salon has opened in Dallas

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Wednesday, August 14



Safety improvements planned

DALLAS -- The intersection of Clow Corner and Riddell roads southeast of Dallas has been the subject of a series of safety improvements since 2010.

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8/21 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Aug. 22, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Saturday, Aug. 24, noon -- Read to the Dog* Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime* Wednesday, Aug. 28, 11:15 a.m. -- "Horsing Around" (at Dallas City Park)* Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4 p.m. -- Read to the Dog-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming events and special programs.-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Aug. 21, 3:30 p.m. -- Wednesday Afternoon Chess* Tuesday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. -- Open House * Wednesday, Aug. 28, 3:30 p.m. -- Wednesday Afternoon Chess-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming events and special programs.

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8/21 Community Notebook

*Church block party slated for Saturday*Clothing giveaway scheduled in Dallas*Rickreall vineyard sets Sunday event*Gentle House open for Monday tours*Youth association plans lunch forum*Free yoga session offered in Dallas

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County sends levy plan to voters

DALLAS -- Prosecute all crimes to the extent of the law? Patrol 24 hours per day? Staff the county jail without using overtime? Maintain a community service program?

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8/14 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 * Monmouth Library Board -- 7 a.m., Monmouth Public Library meeting room, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.* Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board -- 6 p.m., Murphy's Grill (banquet room), 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. 503-623-9680. THURSDAY, AUG. 15 * Polk County Fair Board -- 10 a.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-3048.* Dallas Economic Development Committee -- Noon, Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.* Independence Parks and Rec Committee -- 6 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212. MONDAY, AUG. 19 * Perrydale School Board -- 7 p.m., Perrydale School, 7445 Perrydale Road, Amity. 503-623-2040. TUESDAY, AUG. 20 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Independence Historic Preservation Committee -- 4 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212. * Monmouth City Council -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 * MINET (Monmouth-Independence Network) Board of Directors -- 7 a.m., MINET central office, 405 N. Hogan Road, Monmouth. 503-837-0700.* Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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OSAA joins up with NFHS for event coverage

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) is one of 28 members of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that has joined the NFHS Network, the new all-digital network devoted to coverage of high school sports and performing arts at www.NFHSnetwork.com.

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Fall sports registration information

Fall sports registration is already under way for area high schools with the first official Oregon School Activities Association practices scheduled for Monday.

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Tuesday, August 13



Register now for fall gardening workshop

DALLAS -- Registration is under way for the 11th annual Polk County Master Gardeners' Fall Fling and Vendor Faire, scheduled Sept. 7 at Dallas High School. Preregistration is required -- no day-of-the-event registration is available -- and the deadline to sign up is Monday.

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COMMENTARY

A decline in marriage in the US? Blame ongoing sluggish economy

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8/21 News in Brief

*'Living Homeless' is topic of forum*Fundraiser slated for WV foundation*Dallas nonprofits grant recipients

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Cherriots seeking public input

SALEM -- The Salem Area Mass Transit District, which manages Cherriots and CARTS, is asking the public for comments on its Long-Range Regional Transit Plan.

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Monday, August 12



8/21 OBITUARIES

*Donald Deane Gibbons*Rachel Miriam Cobb*Robert Roy Pinkerton*Carol. J. Adkisson*Barbara Ann Baxter*Dennis Michael McCarthy*Bonell R. Humes (Bonnie)

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Kids' obstacle course a thrill for youngsters

RICKREALL -- Bridget Lindquist swings her mallet to knock down the "door," the first obstacle in Southwest Polk Rural Fire Protection District's kids' obstacle course at the Polk County Fair.

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Digging for history

GRAND RONDE -- The beginnings of a mystery are emerging from the ground at Fort Yamhill near Grand Ronde this summer.

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8/14 Letters to the Editor

*America's war on drugs a failure*Backbone missing in foreign policy*Smoking in parks not so benign*4-H thankful for community support*Fancey an asset to City of Monmouth*Off-duty EMT was caring, thoughtful

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8/14 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic -- 2 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (surgery admitting area), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. Sons of Malarkey (Celtic folk rock). Free. 503-838-0722.* Monmouth Senior Center Music Jam -- 6:30 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Open to the public; musicians of all types welcome. 503-838-5678.* Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 -- 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2591.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, AUG. 15 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.* Dallas Lions Club -- 11:30 a.m., Hong Kong Restaurant, 325 Main St., Dallas. Everyone welcome. 503-931-9860.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series -- 6:30 p.m., Rotary Performing Arts Stage, Main and Academy streets, Dallas. Gil Reynolds Band with special guest Ben Rice (electric rhythm and blues). Free. 503-831-3571.* American Legion Women's Auxiliary -- 6:30 p.m., Academy Building, room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 209-985-4341.* Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADS) -- 7 p.m., Polk County Courthouse (Jefferson Street entrance), 850 Main St., Dallas. Organization for amateur radio operators; public welcome. 503-881-5836.* River's Edge Summer Movie Series -- 8:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. "Avengers." Free. 503-508-6696.* "Mom & Me" Breast-feeding Support Group - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital, (room by Clay Street emergency room entrance) 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323. FRIDAY, AUG. 16 * Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.* River's Edge Summer Concert Series -- 7:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. The Police Experience (Police tribute band). Free. 503-508-6696. SATURDAY, AUG. 17 * Independence Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sterling Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.* Independence Riverview Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Main Street, Independence. 503-837-0045.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Guthrie Park Gospel Music Jam -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809. SUNDAY, AUG. 18 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950. MONDAY, AUG. 19 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.* Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon -- 11:30 a.m., Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Cost: $12. 503-623-2564. TUESDAY, AUG. 20 * James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Dallas Wingdinger R.C. Flying Club -- 7 p.m., Whitworth Elementary School library, 1151 SE Miller Ave., Dallas. 503-623-7288.* Cancer Support Group -- 4 to 5 p.m, West Valley Hospital (conference room immediately inside main entrance), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Center -- Noon to 3 p.m., 305 N. Main St., Falls City. Food box distribution. Held on third Wednesday of every month. 503-787-3833.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. Jacob Merlin Band (funk and soul). Free. 503-838-0722.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593.* Diabetes Support Group -- 3 to 4 p.m. West Valley Hospital (conference room immediately inside the main entrance), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.

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Friday, August 9



8/14 News in Brief

*Home rescue program slots available*Railroad repairs to detour Highway 99W*Readiness Center earns design award

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8/14 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.-- DALLAS Arrests/Citations * Milton S. Thomas, 60, of Falls City in the 1400 block of West Ellendale Avenue on Aug. 6 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Independence Arrests/Citations * Jose A. Jimenez-Zavala, 18, of Monmouth in the 800 block of South Third Street on Aug. 4 on charges of fourth degree assault, physical harassment and reckless endangering.* Ashley R. G. Higgins, 26, of Independence in the 300 block of Evergreen Drive on Friday on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana. Monmouth Arrests/Citations * Ashlynn R. Jansson, 18, of Eugene at Stadium Street North and Church Street West on Aug. 3 on charges of failure to carry/present operators license and driving while suspended/revoked.* Aaron M. Barnett, 28, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Maria Avenue West on Aug. 4 on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana.* Kambrel L. Cannefax, 22, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 4 on a failure to appear warrant.* Nicholas J. DeMarsh, 23, of McMinnville at Volunteer Hall on Aug. 4 on a failure to appear warrant.* Cammie M. Bardy, 18, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Clay Street West on Aug. 5 on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief.* Terry A. Axford, 53, of Monmouth at Main Street East and Edwards Road South on Friday on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Jose R. Rodarte, 24, of Independence in the 1100 block of D Street on Saturday on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of oxycodone, unlawful possession of hydrocodone, tampering with evidence and interfering with a police officer.

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Reunion Roundup

* Dallas High School Class of 1963 -- 50-year reunion scheduled Aug. 16-18. Friday, Aug. 16: No-host pizza for classmates only at Abby's Pizza, 174 W. Ellendale Ave., Dallas, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17: Golf, Polk County Museum tour and winery tour with lunch, TBA; dinner at Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde, 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18: Picnic at Dallas City Park, 11 a.m. For more information: Barbara (Johnson) Guenther, 503-873-7241.--* Dallas High School Class of 1993 -- 20-year class reunion scheduled Aug. 16-18. Friday, Aug. 16: Dallas Pub Crawl from North Dallas Bar and Grill to Tony's Place. Saturday, Aug. 17: Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Majestic (ticket includes dinner, dancing, open/hosted bar and raffle prizes). Sunday, Aug. 18: Family barbecue at Dallas City Park. For more information: http://dragons93.eventbrite.com.--* Dallas High School Class of 1959 -- Annual class reunion picnic, Saturday, Aug. 17, at noon at the home of Carol Nelson Axmaker, 26761 S. Brooks Lane, Beaver Creek. Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, coffee, lemonade and table services provided; attendees are asked to bring a potluck food item to share and lawn chairs. For more information: Alvera, 503-623-8284 or email to grandmaalvera41@q.com; Margaret, 503-623-9338 or email to linkhlarry@msn.com.

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Western's Hidden Gem

MONMOUTH -- Tucked away among towering evergreen trees in the northeastern corner of the Western Oregon University campus lies an inconspicuous late 19th-century farmhouse.

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Polk No. 1 chief a familiar face

INDEPENDENCE -- John Stein tried to stay out of the public sector, but after nine years in the private arena, he's again serving the needs of Polk County.

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Thursday, August 8



8/14 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the Polk County Fair last week, where there was something for everyone to enjoy. We always look forward to visiting the FFA Alumni booth for fresh corn on the cob, which was outstanding. Seeing the young people involved in 4-H and FFA gives everyone a good and positive feeling about what's good in our world. Unfortunately, the 6 o'clock news rarely showcases stories about these kids, but focuses more on sensational stories of all the bad things that happen daily in the cities and small communities alike. Seeing the accomplishments of many of our youth and the dedication shown by their parents, I'm optimistic that our future is in very good hands.The summer concerts in Main Street Park and at the Riverview Park and Amphitheater -- where weekly movies are also featured during July and August -- just keep getting better and better. What could be more fun on a summer evening than packing a picnic supper and spending a great time with friends and family, listening to a variety of excellent entertainers. Time is passing quickly and these special summertime events will soon be over for another year. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make these evenings so special for everyone in MI Town.Even in MI Town, it's not all sunshine and flowers, and bad things do happen to good people. Lately, there have been a number of thefts in our immediate neighborhood -- a bicycle, yard and garden items, and even a power-sprayer were taken from several homes. These crimes have caused real hardship for those affected, and have taken away a sense of security that we live in a community where we don't have to worry about someone stealing things from our yards and garages. People have worked hard to buy items that were stolen, and will have to work even harder to replace them. If you have any information about these crimes, please call either of MI Town's police departments.Recently, I was talking to several people about the joys of living in MI Town when a friend stated that she wished she was rich and could maybe have some influence with those who enforce city rules and codes. Sadly, she felt that concerns and complaints about neighbors with yards filled with trash and debris would not be heard, and that nothing could be done. More than one person agreed with her, and talked about their difficulties and frustrations with getting problems solved in MI Town. So many positive things are happening in our communities, and it would be great if citizens felt their concerns were being addressed.

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8/14 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee friends and neighbors were sorry to hear of the death of a dear friend and neighbor, Vi Wendler. She was 92 years old and had moved to Bend to be near her daughter and grandchildren. For many years she and her husband, John, lived on the farm next to Pete Bennett. She was a vivacious little lady who loved to garden and cook and can. In August, she was always out along her road picking blackberries. She made delicious blackberry juice from them, which she served when friends came over. Her friends are planning a gathering in early fall to remember her. Please call Audrey Cameron at 503-551-5833 for more details on that. Junior Lyday's grandson, Shandley Hazelton, and Shelly Tarvin went to Burnt Woods for the "Burntwoodsstock" festival on July 27 and took a clever little train -- pulled by a lawn mower -- they made for the kids to ride in. Each car of the train is made from a 50-gallon barrel with items welded on to make it resemble cars, such as an Army jeep, police car, and a hot rod. One even looked like a ladybug. Both Shandley and Shelly are quite creative.Steve and Audrey Cameron and family enjoyed a weekend of camping and a family reunion for Audrey's family on the North Coast at Ft. Stephens State Park. They had five tents at the campout, which included daughter Stephanie and granddaughter Ana Barth, son Clayton and grandson Noah Cameron, Audrey and Steve, cousin Johnny Mahoney and Liz, son James and Jenny and Eliana Cameron, and some Seattle cousins across the way. It rained one night, but Clayton had strung up tarps over the tents and no one got wet. On the way home, Audrey, Stephanie and Ana, and son Bobby enjoyed a day in Astoria, visiting some of Audrey's childhood "haunts" and stopping by Audrey's Aunt Georgia's for dessert on the way back to the valley.Paul and Diane Telfer's annual family gathering was at Diamond Lake last week. All three children, David and wife, Kelly, with daughter, Te ; Amber; and Helena and her husband, Keith Christiansen, and their daughter, Calista, were camping with them for the week. The weather was cool and mosquitoes not too bad. They all went to Crater Lake, where Phantom Ship island actually looked like its name because of the layers of fog.

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Wednesday, August 7



Falls City to host 3-on-3 tournament

Registration is under way for a three-on-three basketball tournament planned Aug. 31 as part of the fifth annual Bad to the Bone community event Labor Day weekend in Falls City.

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Dallas attorney's law license suspended

DALLAS -- Dallas defense attorney Debbe J. von Blumenstein has had her law license suspended, pending the result of disciplinary proceedings, the Oregon State Bar announced last week.

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8/14 School Notes/Academic Honors

*School supplies to be distributed*Help needed for KVCS cleanup day*Young Artists Playtrium classes set*Eola Hills has classroom openings*MVCA administrator returns to post

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Dallas JBO baseball team has banner year

The Dallas Junior Baseball Organization Senior American team recently competed in the state tournament, beating Wilson 3-2 in a competitive championship game two weeks ago in Estacada.

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8/14 OBITUARIES

*Jenny Lichtenberger*William Buck Jones*Sergio 'Sarge' T. Dare*Mary J. Starr*Alice Bertrand (Allgood) Herring*Robert Roy Pinkerton*Betty C. Retzer

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New principals on board

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- It was no shock to Central School District administrators when former principals Barb Welander of Ash Creek Elementary School and Sylvia Warren of Central High School announced their retirements last year.

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Corrections: Dolphin swim team results

In a story headlined "Swimmer makes waves at state" that appeared on Page 10A of the July 31 issue of the Itemizer-Observer sports section, two other members of the Dallas-based Blue Dolphins Swim team were accidentally omitted from the results.

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Tuesday, August 6

 

8/7 Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (ionews@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. The Builders & The Butchers (alternative folk rock). Free. 503-838-0722.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, AUG. 8 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.* Polk County Fair -- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: adults, $7; juniors (11-15), $3; seniors (62 and over), free; children (10-and-under), free. 503-623-3048.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., Dallas United Methodist Church, 565 SE LaCreole Drive, Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.* Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series -- 6:30 p.m., Rotary Performing Arts Stage, Main and Academy streets, Dallas. Matthew Price Band (singer-songwriter). Free. 503-831-3571.* River's Edge Summer Movie Series -- 8:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. "Fast Five." Free. 503-508-6696. FRIDAY, AUG. 9 * Rickreall Grange Hall Country Community Sale -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange, 280 Main St. (99W), Rickreall. Free admission; vendor tables available for rent; breakfast and lunch available for purchase. 503-623-8289.* Polk County Fair -- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: adults, $7; juniors (11-15), $3; seniors (62 and over), $3; children (10-and-under), free. 503-623-3048.* Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $3 (staff and parents are free). 503-269-7303.* Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.* River's Edge Summer Concert Series -- 7:30 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Independence. Michelle Murray (country rock). Free. 503-508-6696. SATURDAY, AUG. 10 * Independence Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sterling Bank parking lot, 302 S. Main St., Independence. 503-881-9950.* Independence Riverview Market -- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, Main Street, Independence. 503-837-0045.* Rickreall Grange Hall Country Community Sale -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange, 280 Main St. (99W), Rickreall. Free admission; vendor tables available for rent; breakfast and lunch available for purchase. 503-623-8289.* Polk County Fair -- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: adults, $7; juniors (11-15), $3; seniors (62 and over), $3; children (10-and-under), free. 503-623-3048.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062. SUNDAY, AUG. 11 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Rickreall Grange Hall Country Community Sale -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange, 280 Main St. (99W), Rickreall. Free admission; vendor tables available for rent; breakfast and lunch available for purchase. 503-623-8289.* Polk County Fair -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: adults, $7; juniors (11-15), $3; seniors (62 and over), $3; children (10-and-under), free. 503-623-3048. MONDAY, AUG. 12 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, AUG. 13 * Family Caregiver Support Group -- 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. 503-831-5593.* James2 Community Kitchen Meal -- 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 * Helping Hands Emergency Food Bank -- 10 a.m. to noon, Monmouth Christian Church, 959 Church St. W., Monmouth. For eligible community members; available every Wednesday. 541-404-6517.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program Food Bank -- 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., 888 Monmouth Cutoff Road, Building E, Dallas. Weekly distribution for eligible community members. 503-831-5634.* Free Blood Pressure Check Clinic -- 2 to 3 p.m., West Valley Hospital (surgery admitting area), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.* Monmouth Music in the Park Series -- 6:30 p.m., Main Street Park, Monmouth. Sons of Malarkey (Celtic folk rock). Free. 503-838-0722.* Monmouth Senior Center Music Jam -- 6:30 p.m., Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Open to the public; musicians of all types welcome. 503-838-5678.* Dallas American Legion Post No. 20 -- 7 p.m., Academy Building, Room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2591.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593.

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Monday, August 5

 

8/7 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

In my everyday world, I'm considered pretty responsible and down to earth. My days are filled with the usual household chores, volunteer work and a part-time job, and there are errands to run, recycling to be sorted, meals to be prepared and pets to be fed.All of this nicely dovetails into the usual 24/7 routine until August. That's when the Polk County Fair information magically appears on the web and at the local libraries, and my heart skips a beat. Of all the wonderful and interesting activities going on in my beloved Willamette Valley during our glorious summers, nothing is more fun than the county fair, which takes place Thursday through Sunday.The moment we set foot on the fairgrounds we are all 11 years old again, taking in the sights and sounds and the wonderful and glorious smells of grilled onions, corn dogs and hamburgers with yellow mustard, and curly fries. How could corn on the cob or a corn dog, the summer sunshine and the company of friends and family not be the best thing in the whole world?I love the displays of shimmering jams and jellies and appreciate the care with which they've been lovingly prepared. The array of cookies, cakes and other baked goods made by little children and great-grandmothers -- and all ages in between -- reminds me of happy times spent with my own grandmother so many years ago, carefully rolling out sugar cookie dough and cutting it into the shapes of stars and hearts.The 4-H building is my favorite place of all. I remember how excited I was putting together projects for the fair, and how my dreams were filled with the possibility of winning a blue ribbon and the joy of seeing it actually happen. I can still remember the excitement of saving my fair money and bean and berry picking money for new school clothes.Walking through the barns and seeing the young men and women lovingly care for their animals is a joy. Anybody who thinks the youth of America are in trouble needs to spend some time around these 4-H and FFA kids from Perrydale, Dallas, Falls City and other parts of our county and gain some perspective about this nation's next generation.The fair is a fitting showcase for local businesses and organizations to talk directly with their friends and neighbors, and to exchange information and conversation. It is so rewarding to see that no matter what is happening in the world, people in Monmouth, Independence and all of our local communities are firmly anchored in the basics of the importance of home and hearth. Thank you for keeping the spirit alive.

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8/7 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. THURSDAY, AUG. 8 * Luckiamute Watershed Council -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-837-0237.* Falls City City Council -- 7:30 p.m., Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3631. MONDAY, AUG. 12 * Dallas School Board -- 4 p.m., District Office Board Room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-5594.* Central School District Board of Directors -- 6:30 p.m., Central High School cafeteria, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-0030.* Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative Board -- 7 p.m., Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative office, 8585 Suver Road, Monmouth. 503-838-2075/ TUESDAY, AUG. 13 * Dallas Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.* Kings Valley Charter School Board -- 7 p.m., Kings Valley Charter School, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, Kings Valley. 541-929-2134.* Independence City Council -- 7:30 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 * Monmouth Library Board -- 7 a.m., Monmouth Public Library meeting room, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.* Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board -- 6 p.m., Murphy's Grill (banquet room), 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. 503-623-9680.

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8/21 Public Agenda Calendar

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).-- WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 * MINET (Monmouth-Independence Network) Board of Directors -- 7 a.m., MINET central office, 405 N. Hogan Road, Monmouth. 503-837-0700.* Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. THURSDAY, AUG. 22 * Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting -- 5:30 p.m., Rogue Farms Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. 503-623-9680. MONDAY, AUG. 26 * Dallas School Board -- 6:30 p.m., District Office Board Room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-5594. TUESDAY, AUG. 27 * Independence City Council -- 7:30 a.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.* Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Polk County Commission for Children and Families Board -- 5 p.m., Dallas School District office board room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-9664, ext. 2334. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.

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Timber bill offers hope to counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources last week approved a bill that includes a proposal to increase logging on former Oregon & California Railroad lands (O&C lands) in Oregon.

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DHS mentoring program eyes expansion

DALLAS -- It's an old adage, but to Dallas High School Assistant Principal Brian Green, the words ring true: "Kids don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

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8/14 Community Notebook

*Local 4-Her headed to national congress*Pioneer Loop picnic set for Thursday*Central Lions Club cruise-in is Saturday*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Dallas TOPS group walking tri-weekly*Pizza fundraiser to benefit Gift of Time*Pressure canning class this Tuesday*Schulke benefit at Green Villa Barn*Faith Lutheran Church hosts VBS*Hospital seeking more volunteers

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8/14 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Aug. 15, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. -- Read to the Dog* Tuesday, Aug. 20, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Friday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m. -- Read to the Dog-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Aug. 14, 3:30 p.m. -- Wednesday Afternoon Chess* Wednesday, Aug. 21, 3:30 p.m. -- Wednesday Afternoon Chess-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming events and special programs.

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Friday, August 2



Farm Fresh Family Fun? You bet!

RICKREALL -- The 2013 Polk County Fair is sticking to the fair's agricultural roots with the alliterative theme, "Farm Fresh Family Fun," but is mixing into the lineup a number of new activities and more entertainment for good measure.

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Mortgage help available to homeowners

POLK COUNTY -- Homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments may be eligible for up to $20,000 in payment assistance and up to $10,000 to bring their mortgages current through a new program of the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI).

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8/7 Letters to the Editor

*Farm thankful for help in stopping fire*Many stepped up after library incident*I-O doing good job presenting news*King Amendment is bad legislation*'Silly laws' not necessarily silly*Efforts of many key to annual book sale*Dallas ordinance needs adjusting*Trio make church benefit a success

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8/7 Police Report

Information for the police report comes from local law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included in this report. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.-- DALLAS Arrests/Citations* Nicole R. Hight, 30, of Dallas on Southeast Birch Street on July 29 on warrants.* Alexis E. Ary, 20, of Gresham in the 200 block of Orchard Drive on Sunday on charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution.* Alixander C. Paul, 20, of Independence in the 200 block of Orchard Drive on Sunday on a charge of conspiracy to commit prostitution. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations * Earl E. Jones, 52, of Independence in the 60 block of South Gun Club Road on July 29 on a charge of fourth-degree assault.* Cammie M. Bardy, 18, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Clay Street West on July 30 on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.* Howard E. Hempel, 44, of Independence at C Street and South Seventh Street on Saturday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and driving while suspended/revoked. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations * Wayne D. Davis, 37, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on July 30 on a failure to appear warrant.* Roberto G. Gorie, 29, of Salem in the 100 block of Main Street East on July 30 on a probation violation.* Samuel J. Carver, 33, of Monmouth in the 1300 block of Prince Lane East on July 31 on charges of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass.* Willie E. Lee Jr., 25, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on July 31 on a failure to appear warrant.

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Thursday, August 1



8/7 OBITUARIES

*Billy Charles Austin*Gary Dean Wilson*Carol Leu Dose*Gladys Mae Wiens*Cyrus 'Cy' Ramond Sharpe*Patty A. Embree*Jean Shortridge

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Crash on Highway 18 takes life of teenager

GRAND RONDE -- Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's two-vehicle traffic crash along Highway 18 west of Spirit Mountain Casino that killed a teenage male.

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Salem man found guilty of sex abuse

DALLAS -- A Salem man originally accused of rape and other sex crimes involving a 19-year-old Monmouth woman in an incident that took place last summer has been found guilty of sex abuse.

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'Great' raft race returns

INDEPENDENCE -- From 1972 to 1984, thousands of rafts, boats, canoes, kayaks ... just about anything that would float, ventured down the Willamette River in a test of nautical skills.

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8/7 News in Brief

*Fountain dedication set Wednesday*Road work will cause traffic delays*Local Republican gathering on tap*'Bike Rode' set in Independence*Tickets are available for GOP picnic

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Reunion Roundup

* Dallas High School Class of 1948 -- 65-year class reunion luncheon scheduled Saturday, Aug. 10, at noon at Murphy's Grill, 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. For more information: Jan Perry, 503-623-4631; Luella Wiens, 503-399-9235.--* Dallas High School Class of 1968 -- 45-year class reunion scheduled Saturday, Aug. 10, at Salem Premier RV Resort, 4700 Highway 22, West Salem. For more information: Charlotte Lough, 503-623-5003; email to clough1055@hotmail.com.--* Dallas High School Class of 1963 -- 50-year reunion scheduled Aug. 16-18. Friday, Aug. 16: No-host pizza for classmates only at Abby's Pizza, 174 W. Ellendale Ave., Dallas, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17: Golf, Polk County Museum tour and winery tour with lunch, TBA; dinner at Spirit Mountain Casino, Grand Ronde, 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18: Picnic at Dallas City Park, 11 a.m. For more information: Barbara (Johnson) Guenther, 503-873-7241.--* Dallas High School Class of 1993 -- 20-year class reunion scheduled Aug. 16-18. Friday, Aug. 16: Dallas Pub Crawl from North Dallas Bar and Grill to Tony's Place. Saturday, Aug. 17: Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Majestic (ticket includes dinner, dancing, open/hosted bar and raffle prizes). Sunday, Aug. 18: Family barbecue at Dallas City Park. For more information: http://dragons93.eventbrite.com.--* Dallas High School Class of 1959 -- Annual class reunion picnic, Saturday, Aug. 17, at noon at the home of Carol Nelson Axmaker, 26761 S. Brooks Lane, Beaver Creek. Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, coffee, lemonade and table services provided; attendees are asked to bring a potluck food item to share and lawn chairs. For more information: Alvera, 503-623-8284 or email to grandmaalvera41@q.com; Margaret, 503-623-9338 or email to linkhlarry@msn.com.

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F.C. mayor receives state honor

FALLS CITY -- Mayor Amy Houghtaling's eight-month juggling act serving as city administrator, mayor and after-school program director last year didn't go unnoticed by grateful city staff or Falls City Council members.

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8/7 Community Notebook

*Garden fundraiser raffle is under way*Nashville musician to make local stop*Donations for Lions' garage sale sought*RC airplane event planned Saturday*Local leaf casting workshop planned*Next food project pick up set Aug. 10

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Walmart expansion project scaled back

DALLAS -- After nearly a year of fighting through two appeals to expand its Dallas location, Walmart has submitted plans that are significantly scaled back from what was expected.

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