1/9 MI Town:Patty Taylor Dutcher

Many of MI Town's seniors and our visiting family members happily began this brand new year by having breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center, courtesy of the Monmouth-Independence Lions.

It was a festive and fun occasion for all. The food was delicious, well prepared and plentiful, and it was great to reconnect with so many people we hadn't seen since before the Christmas holidays.

Our community Lions members truly show MI Town the best of community service by volunteering for so many local events and continuing to do good things for MI Town.


For her senior class project, Central High School's Magdalena Betancourt is working with the Lions Club to collect eye glasses. Check your dresser drawers or anywhere you may have stashed old prescription glasses and bring them to the collection boxes at Central High School or to the Independence Library before Tuesday.


We will have the opportunity to see John McArdle (Independence) and John Oberst (Monmouth) as they discuss the "state of the cities" Wednesday (today) at noon at the Independence Cinema. This event is sponsored by the Monmouth-Indpendence Chamber of Commerce. Topics will include challenges and opportunities facing MI Town in the coming year, and a recap of last year's events and activities.


Congratulations and best wishes to MI Town high school seniors who were chosen as winners of the Independence Elks Scholarship competition. Dan Evey, scholarship chairman, and committee members Julie Evey, William Jenkins, Tom Sagers and Brian Myers awarded $500 scholarships to first-place winners Melissa Whitaker and David Powell; $300 second-place awards to Jamie Kennedy and Jeffrey Kennedy; and a $200 third-place scholarship to Tori Stutzman. The first place winners will compete at a district Elks contest in McMinnville.


During these still uncertain economic times, many people are seeking help with employment, housing, food programs and other services in our area. On Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Polk Community Connect can help you with these and other services, including haircuts, dental care, health screenings, clothing, information about veterans' benefits and mental health services.

There is no charge for these services, which will be available at Calvary Chapel Church, 1399 Monmouth St., Independence. Food will be served all day and bus transportation will also be available. Encourage anyone you know who needs these services to attend.

For more information: Michelle Bornfleth, 503-623-9664, email to bornfleth.michelle@co.polk.or.us; Herm Boes via email to herm@salemlf.org. To volunteer -- and make good on your resolution to do good things for our community in 2013 -- you can get more information at www.handsonw.org.


Yoga classes at the Monmouth Senior Center resumed on Monday. Join us at 7:30 a.m. weekdays.


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