2/27 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Thursday is the last day of February -- the shortest and often times one of the most unpredictable months of the calendar year.

We've seen sunshine, snowflakes and just about everything in between. We've enjoyed the welcome sunshine whenever it has appeared.

We can speculate whether March will come in like a lion or a lamb and also look forward to longer days and more frequent sightings of blue skies amongst those winter clouds.


Come rain or come shine, the Monmouth Senior Center volunteers are getting ready for the monthly community breakfast on Saturday.

It's another opportunity to spend time together for a tasty meal with all your friends and neighbors. The price is right and all hungry lions and lambs are welcome to fill up on pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy, as well as orange juice, coffee and tea for the reasonable price of $3 for children under 12 and $6 for students and adults.


What's more fun on a cold and rainy March evening than going to see a wonderful movie?

The Friends of the Independence Library are presenting "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery (and what Woman of a Certain Age doesn't positively swoon at that name), written by Portland author Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant, on March 11 at the Independence Cinema at 7 p.m. To make a sweet deal even better, your ticket price of $15 entitles you to free popcorn and opportunities to win one of several gifts in a drawing.

Your support of our library can provide many things for the children and families in MI Town.


For those of us with pretty good memories, we can recall many years where jobs were plentiful and county and town tax revenues were such that our communities were able to provide all kinds of services to everyone and the schools had everything they needed. People were happy to support their local schools and it seemed like only a real Grinch would vote "no" on a bond issue.

Of course, there were the haves and the have-nots -- we're talking reality here -- but most of us managed to provide for ourselves and our families without much difficulty.

Our country's economy is now recovering from some dreadful financial times and bad decisions, and although things are getting somewhat better, we have a long road to travel before we are on solid ground again. We all need to take a long, hard look at what our county and communities provide for us and define our priorities when voting on the upcoming bond issues.


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