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.