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Friday, June 28



Fireworks safety: Don't Get Burned

POLK COUNTY -- Sparklers -- those ubiquitous and seemingly innocuous fireworks often given to small children to hold and wave around on the Fourth of July -- burn at 1,200 degrees at the tip.

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7/3 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* Brandie M. Webster, 35, of Woodland, Wash., in the 300 block of Northeast Kings Valley Highway on June 26 on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of heroin.* Andrea M. Smith, 24, of Salem on Southeast Jefferson Street on Thursday on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of heroin.* Jeremy M. Link, 22, of Dallas on Southeast Miller Avenue on Thursday on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Joshua R. Banninger, 30, of Monmouth in the 1400 block of F Street on June 26 on charges of unlawful use/carry of a weapon, menacing -- use/display of a weapon, reckless endangering -- simple assault and harassment -- physical.* Jamie L. Vorderstrasse, 30, of Monmouth in the 1300 block of Monmouth Street on Thursday on a charge of third degree theft.* Robert J. Leak, 41, of Salem in the 6100 block of Corvallis Road on Saturday on a probation violation. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Mario Martinez Padilla, 35, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Catron Street North on June 23 on charges of failure to carry/present operators license and driving while suspended/revoked.* Bobbi Jo S. Myers, 31, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 26 on a contempt of court warrant.* Scott A. Van Dyke, 37, of Independence at North 16th Street and Laurelbridge Street on June 26 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and reckless driving.

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News in Brief

*Countywide burn ban now in effect*Polk Repulicans to gather Monday*Forest company closes off access*Courthouse now closed at lunch*Monmouth's Gentle House is in need of volunteers

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7/3 OBITUARIES

*Russell A. Kendall*Vesta Robinson Delaney*Roberta Reed*Elva M. Brown*Eddie Ainsworth*Orville Eddie Adams*Jane Bossatti

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Thursday, June 27

  

7/3 Community Notebook

*Picnics in the park for moms, tots set*Ice cream social slated Wednesday*Chili feed benefit set in Monmouth*Polk firefighters to serve breakfast*Friends of Library book sale is July 4*Saturday breakfast on tap in Monmouth

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REUNION ROUNDUP

* Dallas High School Class of 1971 -- A 60th Birthday Celebration for the Class of 1971 is scheduled July 26-28. Friday, July 26: Gathering at L'Attitude One, 904 Main St., Dallas, at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27: Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence, at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person to cover food and facility use. Sunday, July 28: Breakfast in the Park, Dallas City Park. Details and registration on Facebook -- Dallas HS Class of 71; RSVP under the events tab by July 18. For more information: Pam Chandler Manville, 503-623-3562.--* McNary High School Class of 1973 -- 40th class reunion events scheduled in Polk County. Friday, July 26: Casual pizza get-together at Walery's Pizza, 1555 Edgewater St. NW, West Salem, at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door; beverages available for additional cost. Saturday, July 27: Salem Masonic Center, 1625 Brush College Road NW, West Salem, at 5 p.m. with a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple. For more information: http://mcnaryhigh1973.weebly.com.--* Dallas High School Class of 1956 -- Annual class reunion scheduled Saturday, Aug. 3, at Murphy's Grill, 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. No-host lunch or dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome. For more information or to RSVP: Roberta Mehl, 503-623-4425; Dolores Friesen, 503-910-7491.--* 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.--* Independence High School -- The annual All-School Reunion Luncheon for those who attended Independence High School is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. in the multipurpose room at Henry Hill Elementary School, 750 S. Fifth St., Independence. Cost is $15. Reservations must be made by July 31. Payment should be mailed to "IHS Reunion," P.O. Box 291, Independence, OR 97351. For more information: Al Oppliger, 503-838-1353; email to jcoppliger@aol.com.

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Wednesday, June 26

 

7/3 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, July 3, 11:30 a.m. -- Reptile Man (at Dallas City Park)* Tuesday, July 9, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime* Wednesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m. -- Martian Rocks (at Dallas City Park)-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, July 3, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, July 3, 3 p.m. -- Legosarus* Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, July 10, 3 p.m. -- "Throw It and Grow It" (seed balls)-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, July 3, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)* Friday, July 5, 2 p.m. -- Friday Flicks* Tuesday, July 9, 2 p.m. -- Alex Zerbe's Zaniac Variety Show* Wednesday, July 10, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)* Wednesday, July 10, 2 p.m. -- Summer Tween Program (Food Challenge)-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, July 3, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, July 3, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)* Wednesday, July 10, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)

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6/26 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Our local strawberries and raspberries are putting on their annual show and the results are spectacular, as usual. Freshly baked shortcake crowned with those beautiful fruits and just a touch of sweetened whipped cream is a wonderful temptation few -- if any -- of us could even begin to resist. The trick is to keep enough of those delightful berries away from the rest of the household so they can be transformed into jars of jam before they disappear for another year.--We've all been spoiled this summer by some extraordinary clear blue skies and soft warm breezes, and when we're blindsided by rainstorms and dark clouds it's hard to recall that June weather is typically on again, off again. Those of us who have lived in Oregon for many years know that -- no matter what the calendar says -- summer doesn't really happen until after the Fourth of July. Warm and sunny days are a wonderful bonus this time of year.--We're eager to celebrate America's Birthday in MI Town as both of our communities have so many outstanding and fun events planned for everyone to share. Celebrating any season in our small towns is wonderful, but I can't think of wanting to celebrate the Fourth of July anywhere else. Next week's Itemizer-Observer will publish a schedule of all events in Polk County, and we'll do our best to attend as many as we can.--The Friends of the Independence Library and the Friends of the Monmouth Library are actively seeking new members. The two groups provide funding for many library projects that aren't funded in the regular budget process, and there are always interesting projects to become involved with. Stop by either library to learn more about really getting involved with various fun and interesting projects. Whether you are a new resident to our communities or have lived here for many years, your ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Friends' membership is very reasonable and well worth the cost.--Concerts in the park and at the amphitheater are coming soon, and we're all looking forward to picnics and music under the stars.--These sunny days and long evenings give us all many good excuses to spend more and more time outdoors enjoying MI Town and all the good things our communities share. It's also a time when many of us are riding bicycles on country roads and city streets. Kids and pets are out and about, not always paying attention to traffic. Drivers need to be alert to all of us who are distracted from sometimes watching both ways before crossing streets, or those deep in conversation or just drifting along on a summer breeze.

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7/3 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

It's always something.Our group at Pedee Church will not have its monthly UFO (unfinished object) day on Saturday because it conflicts with Family Fun Day, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Kings Valley Charter School.That should be a really fun event for the whole family, so plan to go. It will include all sorts of activities, games and good party food like snow cones and more.Next month the UFO group will get together and again make tote bags from feed sacks, which a few missed -- not that you have to make one; just come with your own project to work on.--Congratulations to Adam and Emily Coe on the birth of their new little girl, Penelope Rose, on June 24. Both Adam and Emily teach at Kings Valley Charter School.--The Polk County Saddle-ites couldn't have asked for better weather for their Poker Ride June 22 and the turnout proved it. They had 59 riders from all over the state.They thank all their sponsors who provided prizes for winning poker hands: Coastal Farm Supply, Wilco, Pedee Creative Memories, Kovash Farm, 5050-3 Tactical Supply, Dutch Bros., 90 Ranch, Perrydale Trails LLC, Denise Richards of Town & Country Realty in Corvallis and the Shellenbarger family.The group voted to offer scholarships to two county seniors this next year with the proceeds from the ride.

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7/3 Letters to the Editor

*Fireman's breakfast is another success*Dog owner should take responsibility*Local restaurants give hand to CASA*Explanation from senator's office

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Tuesday, June 25

  

6/26 Academic Honors

*Dallas High grad earns fellowship*GFU honors Independence student*Dallas woman makes UP dean's list*Local students named to honor roll

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Falls City library gets short-term reprieve

FALLS CITY -- The entrance to Wagner Community Library is painted to look like a round "Hobbit door" to go along with one of librarian Holly Kraus' favorite childhood books: "The Hobbit."

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A Rally Good Time

POLK COUNTY -- You have undoubtedly seen them: Roving factions cruising up the highway, destinations unknown, caution and normal life on the horizon behind them.

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6/26 Letters to the Editor

*Do your part, help remove ivy vines*Lack of response is disappointing*Fundraiser brings attention to CASA*Quit complaining about barking dogs*GOP 'war machine' is going at it again

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6/26 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, JUNE 26 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. Public hearing on 2013-14 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8173.* Polk County Extension Service District -- 1:30 p.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. Public hearing on 2013-14 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8173. MONDAY, JULY 1 * Dallas City Council -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502. * Independence Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212. TUESDAY, JULY 2 * 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 City Council -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 * 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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Monday, June 24

    

7/3 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Happy Birthday, USA!In MI Town we are all eagerly anticipating America's birthday. We're looking forward to visits from friends and family members to celebrate Independence Day.Main Street Park in Monmouth is being transformed into a marketplace with booths, displays and something for everyone to enjoy.Independence's Riverview Park and Amphitheater is ready for the annual fireworks displays and we'll all be waiting for the sun to go down and the celebration to begin.Our appetites are whetted and ready for the fireman's breakfast first thing Thursday morning, where we'll meet and greet friends and neighbors for some good conversation and a hearty breakfast. What a wonderful opportunity to show everyone our excellent fire station, where a great group of friends and neighbors are always prepared and ready in case of any emergency in MI Town.Over the years, I've watched and participated in parades in suburbs and cities from coast to coast, and absolutely nothing comes even close to MI Town's annual Fourth of July celebration. Our parade brings sheer joy and fun when we see our friends and neighbors get together for the celebration honoring our great nation's birthday.The Fourth of July events give us all an opportunity to celebrate and share in the very best MI Town can be -- and to be able to spend a couple of days showing friends, family and neighbors what truly constitutes the good life.--Another cause for celebration in MI Town is the appointment of Krist Obrist to the position of library director at Monmouth Public Library. Krist has done a fantastic job as the youth services director at the library for several years and we were thrilled to hear that she had applied for the job that became available with Phelps Shepard's recent retirement. Several excellent and well-qualified candidates were finalists for the position, and after careful review and deliberation by the search committee, City Manager Scott McClure announced that Krist was appointed to the job.--Both Monmouth and Independence have outstanding libraries with programs for everyone this summer. If you or your children aren't involved in any of the super summer programs, stop by your nearest library to see what you've been missing. With the many programs available, there's no reason for kids to say "there's nothing to do" this summer.--Summertime days and evenings have given us many reasons to get out and about and visit several of MI Town's restaurants -- and we have been pleased to find a variety of excellent menu choices just about everywhere. With summer concerts and picnics in the park coming up, it's a great way to start the evening.

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SCHEDULE: Polk County sports schedule for June 26 to July 3

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Baseball: American Legion: Corvallis at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags (DH) at Dallas High School, 2 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at Philomath (DH), 3 p.m.; Central at North Salem, 6 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 27 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Florence (DH), 2:30 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: McKay at Central, 6 p.m.; Dallas at Sprague, 6 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Stayton (DH), 1 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Corvallis at Dallas, 6 p.m.; Central at Sprague, 6 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: West Albany at Central, 3 p.m. SUNDAY, JUNE 30 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: Central at Corvallis, 3 p.m. MONDAY, JULY 1 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at West Albany (DH), 4 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: South Salem at Dallas, 6 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 2 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Corvallis, TBA. Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at McKay, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Baseball: Divison I Junior Baseball: Crescent Valley at Central, 3 p.m.--Schedules Subject To Change

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6/26 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, JUNE 26 * 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.* WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series -- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: JT and the Tourists. Free strawberry shortcake. 503-838-8659.* 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, JUNE 27 * 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.* Chuvarada Trio -- 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ragin' River Steakhouse Piano Bar, 154 S. Main St., Independence. Jazz and latin music featuring Cassio Vianna on piano, Donna Henderson on vocals and Rich Sutliff on guitar. No cover. 503-837-0394. FRIDAY, JUNE 28 * 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. SATURDAY, JUNE 29 * 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.* Dick Fox's Golden Boys Concert -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte and Bobby Rydell. Tickets: $20 and up; 16 and over only. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, JUNE 30 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Falls City Community Sunday Market -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Street, Falls City. 503-787-5000. MONDAY, JULY 1 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, JULY 2 * 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, JULY 3 * 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.* WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series -- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: Jackson Michelson. Free marionberry cobbler. 503-838-8659.* 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.

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Friday, June 21



Diligent Detective

DALLAS -- Shortly after being assigned as a detective investigating violent crimes and sexual assaults about 14 years ago, Polk County Sheriff's Detective Burney Krauger was contemplating a change.

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6/26 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* James D. Chandler, 44, of Dallas in the 1200 block of Southeast Holman Avenue on June 16 on charges of animal abuse I and disorderly conduct II.* Jaime Anguiano-Navarro, 30, of Dallas in the 2000 block of Southeast Joseph Lane on June 19 on a restraining order violation and probation violation.* Aaron T. Booth, 18, of Dallas in the 300 block of Northeast Fern Avenue on Friday on a burglary warrant from Oregon Youth Authority. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Katherine I. Thompson, 30, of Keizer in the 1400 block of Monmouth Street on June 15 on a charge of physical harassment.* Manuel Maravilla Jr., 20, of Independence in the 500 block of South 13th Street on June 15 on a charge of failure to perform duties of a driver when property is damaged.* Lloyd Stelter, 43, of Independence in the 400 block of South 13th Street on June 19 on charges of fourth degree domestic assault and interfering with making a police report.* Tina M. Wickline, 50, Independence in the 400 block of South 13th Street on June 19 on a charge of fourth degree domestic assault.* Maria J. Vela, 61, of Independence at Corvallis Road and Independence Highway on Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Jacob T. Ellingsen, 29, of Albany at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 15 on a failure to appear warrant.* Tavita M. Tali, 32, of Corvallis at Catron Street North and Powell Street East on June 15 on a fugitive warrant.* Abdulkarim Alqahtani, 21, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Main Street West on June 16 on a charge of second degree criminal mischief.* Michael R. Schmidt, 41, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Whitesell Street West on June 16 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and refusal to test for intoxicants.* Angelo X. Helser, 22, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 17 on a contempt of court warrant.* Vincient P. Gumns, 24, of Independence at Catron Street North and Main Street East on June 20 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Soethura Naing, 36, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 20 on a failure to appear warrant.* Vincent C. Walcott, 23, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Gwinn Street East on Sunday on charges of failure to carry/present operators license, driving while suspended/revoked and a fugitive warrant.* Justin S. Bentz, 23, of Monmouth at Main Street East and Ecols Street South on Monday on a charge of failure to carry/present operators license.

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7/3 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, JULY 3 * 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.* WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series -- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: Jackson Michelson (country). Free marionberry cobbler. 503-838-8659.* 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, JULY 4 * Polk County Firefighters Association Pancake Feed -- 6 to 10 a.m., Polk County Fire District No. 1 Main Station, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. Cost: $5. 541-297-0458.* Friends of the Independence Public Library Book Sale -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., old library building, 311 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-1811. FRIDAY, JULY 5 * 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. Ants in the Kitchen (blues, soul, rock 'n' roll). Free. 503-508-6696. SATURDAY, JULY 6 * 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.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062. SUNDAY, JULY 7 * 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. MONDAY, JULY 8 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, JULY 9 * Family Caregiver Support Group -- 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room), 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, JULY 10 * 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.* WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series -- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: Brothers, Bror. Free brownie sundaes. 503-838-8659.* 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. Ben Rice Band (blues). 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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New bike shop fills a niche

MONMOUTH -- Chris Eggen was waiting to have an official grand opening for his bike shop on Saturday, but community demand persuaded him to open the doors a few days early.

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Dallas Youth Garden taking root

DALLAS -- Digging in the dirt and watching out for insects may not be part of the description for most summer jobs high school students are seeking.

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6/26 OBITUARIES

*Maeve Eileen Augustyn*Roberta A. Reed*Clarence Dale Langley*Ronald B. McLain*Frances 'Patty' Bohn*Kathy Kestler*David Niles Pulis*E. Laverne Hagestrom*Arthur J. Endsley*Marie Agnes Brown*Russell A. Kendall*Lorena 'Rinkie" Peterson*Kenneth James Birch

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Thursday, June 20

  

6/26 News in Brief

*Timber payments could get reprieve*Bike helmets available to children*Trees removed for sidewalk project*Dallas girl, 4, qualifies for pageant

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WOU officials are critical of NCTQ report

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University administrators are incensed over the findings of a recently published report that gives the university a "consumer alert" rating when it comes to teacher preparedness.

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Obrist excited about new library role

MONMOUTH -- Scott McClure, city manager of Monmouth, combed through dozens of applications from across the country before realizing the right candidate was just down the street.

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6/26 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pat Lyday's funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pedee Church. Lunch will be served afterward. Call the church at 503-838-4073 for suggestions on what type of food items you can bring, as I expect a lot of people will be there.--Alan Shifley is glad to be home from several weeks of travel. He went to San Diego and Singapore for Hewlett-Packard, for which he works, then to visit his parents, Clyde and Betty Shifley, in Angelica, N.Y., and then to visit his brother and sister in Rochester. He figures he traveled 25,000 miles.Meanwhile, his daughter, Amy, has been dancing with An Daire Irish Dance Academy in Portland and will be dancing at the World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem on Saturday. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. They are focusing on Japan this year, but will have dancing from all over the world.Amy graduated from Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis this year and is looking for summer work. She is available for baby-sitting and other jobs, so keep her in mind.--McKenzie Smithson, daughter of Chad Smithson of Albany and Erika Sickendick of Fir Grove Road, celebrated her graduation from Santiam Christian High School with a dinner at Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant in Salem with 22 family members in attendance.Her grandmother, stepfather Chris Sickendick's mother, Carolyne Reel of Missouri, was here, as was her great aunt, Teresa Jahn Gitomer from Charlotte, N.C. Her grandparents, Pam and Jock Dalton, came with their twins, Maurice and Lois, and great aunt and uncle, Linda and Bill Chertudi, were there with their family, and her aunt, Carry James and her family, as well as her siblings Seth Smithson and Ashley and Hallie Sickendick -- and her mother Erika and stepfather Chris, of course.McKenzie is planning to go to Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls as she'd like to be an X-ray technician.--Dave and Suzanne Burbank took a photo of a bobcat walking through their yard the night of June 17, and Chris and Erika Sickendick also saw a cougar the same night walking up Fir Grove Road.

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6/26 BIRTHS

*Wilson*Salinas Rosa*Cluster*Givens*Gallegos Fernandez*Burbank*Pederson

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Wednesday, June 19



Report gives schools high marks

POLK COUNTY -- Four Polk County school districts were recently lauded by Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition for their work to prevent bullying and harassment.

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SCHEDULE: Polk County sports schedule for June 19 -- June 26

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Baseball: American Legion: Springfield at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags (DH) at Dallas High School, 2 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Baseball: American Legion Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags Tournament at Dallas High School: Dirtbags vs. Canyon Crushers, noon; Dirtbags vs. NW Star Nights, 2:30 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Philomath at Central, 6 p.m.; Dallas at Cascade, 6 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Baseball: American Legion Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags Tournament at Dallas High School: Dirtbags vs. Putnum AAA, noon. Division I Junior Baseball: Central at South Salem, 6 p.m. SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Baseball: American Legion Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags Tournament at Dallas High School: Third place game, TBA, noon; Championship game, TBA, 2:30 p.m. MONDAY, JUNE 24 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Florence (DH), 2:30 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: West Salem at Dallas, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Baseball: Corvallis at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags (DH) at Dallas High School, 2 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at Philomath (DH), 3 p.m.; Central at North Salem, 6 p.m.--Schedules Subject To Change

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6/26 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. -- Dirty Worms (at Dallas City Park)* Thursday, June 27, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Thursday, June 27, 2 p.m. -- Tween Program* Tuesday, July 2, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime* Wednesday, July 3, 11:30 a.m. -- Reptile Man (at Dallas City Park)-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, June 26, 3 p.m. -- I Spy* Thursday, June 27, 3 p.m. -- Rock Out with Rock Crafts* Friday, June 28, 3 p.m. -- Teen Program* Wednesday, July 3, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, July 3, 3 p.m. -- Legosarus-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)* Thursday, June 27, 2 p.m. -- Rocks and Fossils* Friday, June 28, 2 p.m. -- Friday Flicks* Tuesday, July 2, 2 p.m. -- I Dig Dinosaurs (puppet show)* Wednesday, July 3, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 26, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)* Thursday, June 27, 9:45 a.m. -- Summer Reading Program: Herb Lady* Wednesday, July 3, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, July 3, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)

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Main Street Makeover

DALLAS -- By the time leaves start dropping from trees this fall, Main Street in downtown Dallas near the Polk County Courthouse will have undergone a substantial face-lift.

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YOUTH: Complete list of Polk County summer sports camps

BASKETBALL Perrydale Youth Camp Who: Boys and girls in grades 3-9. What: Individual and team skills taught by Perrydale High boys basketball head coach Mike Lowry and Pirates players. When: Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Where: Perrydale High School. Cost: $15. More information: Mike Lowry, 971-235-5699 or mlowry@perrydale.k12.or.us. Dallas High Open Gyms Who: Boys and girls in grades 5-12. What: Structured open gyms focusing on basketball fundamentals. When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m., through July 11. Where: Dallas High School. Cost: Free. More information: Dave Brautigam, david.brautigam@ci.dallas.or.us. Dragon Basketball Camp Who: Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 years old. What: Advanced training led by DHS head coaches Dave Brautigam and Trent Schwartz and Dallas players. When: July 15-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Dallas High School. Cost: $90. Includes T-shirt, on-campus lunch and individual certificate. More information: Dave Brautigam, david.brautigam@ci.dallas.or.us. FOOTBALL Dallas High Football Camp Who: Boys and girls in grades 5-8. What: Fundamental offensive and defensive skills taught by DHS head coach Tracy Jackson. When: Aug. 12-14, 6-8 p.m. Where: Dallas High School. Cost: $25. More information: Tracy Jackson, tncjackson@wavecable.com. SOCCER Danny Agee Soccer Camp Who: Boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grades. What: Fundamental training sessions with DHS varsity girls coach Danny Agee. When: Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m., June 26 to July 17. Where: Whitworth Soccer Fields, Dallas. Cost: $40. More information: http://dallasunitedsoccer.org. WRESTLING Tony Olliff Wrestling Camp Who: Boys and girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade. What: Fundamental wrestling training led by Dallas High head coach Tony Olliff. When: July 19-20; July 19: 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 20: 9-11 a.m. Where: Dallas High School. Cost: 5 cents. For more information: Tony Olliff, tony.olliff@dsd2.org. GOLF Oak Knoll Junior Clinics What: Golf fundamentals taught by Oak Knoll staff. When: Session 1 -- June 26-28 and July 1-3. Session 2 -- July 24-26 and July 29-31. Session 3 -- Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 19-21. Session 4 -- August 26-30. Clinics start at 10 a.m. each day and last for one hour. Where: Oak Knoll Golf Course. Cost: $135 per session; includes daily lunch of hotdog and drink. For more information: 503-378-0344. Monmouth-Independence Family YMCA Golf Camp What: Fundamental skills taught utilizing Cross Creek Golf Course. Who: Children ages 9-16. When: Session 1: June 24-28. Session 2: July 8-12. Camp runs from 1-5 p.m. each day. Where: Cross Creek Golf Course. Drop off and pick up located at Independence Elementary School. Cost: $70 members, $90 nonmembers. For more information: 503-838-4042. TENNIS Kids, Inc. 2013 Clinic What: For children ages 5-11. When: July 8-12. Session 1 (ages 5-8): 8:30-9:15 a.m.; Session 2 (ages 9-11): 9:30-10:30 a.m. Cost: $35. Includes T-shirt. Players need to provide own racquets. For more information: 503-623-6419. MARTIAL ARTS M-I Family YMCA Karate Clinics What: Participants will work on gaining strength, flexibility and increased balance. Who: Ages 5 to adult. When: Session 2: July 8-31. Session 3: August 5-28. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. Where: Independence Elementary School gym. Cost: Family: $63 member, $73 nonmember; Individual: $38 member, $48 nonmember. For more information : 503-838-4042. MISCELLANEOUS Monmouth-Independence Family YMCA Micro Sports What: Sports programs for children ages 3-5. Micro Soccer When: Tuesday-Thursday, July 9-18, 5:45-6:30 p.m. Micro Flag Football When: Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-Aug. 1, 5:45-6:30 p.m. Micro T-ball When: Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 6-15, 5:45-6:30 p.m. For more information: 503-838-4042.--Don't see your youth camp or clinic listed? Contact Sports Editor Nicole Watkins at nwatkins@polkio.com or iosports@polkio.com or by phone at 503-623-2373.

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Tuesday, June 18

  

6/26 Corrections

An incorrect person was credited with having taken a photograph of the Kings Valley Charter School Class of 2013 that appeared on Page 19A of the June 12 issue of the Itemizer-Observer. Sandrina Linford was the photographer. The I-O regrets the error.--In an anniversary announcement headlined "Chaney -- 40th" that appeared on Page 11A of the June 19 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, George Chaney was misidentified as Bill in one reference. The I-O regrets the error.

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Monday, June 17

 

Man arrested after courthouse incident

DALLAS -- Was it a fire? Was it a bomb threat? No, it was a man high on drugs who allegedly decided to pull a second-floor fire alarm that forced evacuation of the Polk County Courthouse the afternoon of June 12.

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6/19 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m. -- Alex Zerbe, comedy/juggling (at Dallas City Park)* Thursday, June 20, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Tuesday, June 25, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime* Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. -- Dirty Worms (at Dallas City Park)-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, June 19, 3 p.m. -- Dinosaurs* Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m. -- Alex Zerbe* Friday, June 21, 3 p.m. -- Teen Program* Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, June 26, 3 p.m. -- I Spy-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 19, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)* Wednesday, June 19, 2 p.m. -- Summer Tween Program (Monster Mash craft)* Friday, June 21, 2 p.m. -- Friday Flicks* Tuesday, June 25, 2 p.m. -- Rhythm From Head to Toe* Wednesday, June 26, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)* Thursday, June 20, 9:45 a.m. -- Summer Reading Program: Aaron Wheeler Kay* Wednesday, June 26, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)

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Friday, June 14



6/19 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, JUNE 19 * 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 -- 1 to 4 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.* Diabetes Day-2-Day Diabetes Support Group -- 3 to 4 p.m., West Valley Hospital conference room, 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. Topic: "Know Your Numbers." 503-623-7323.* Trauma Survivors Support Group -- 7 p.m., New Phoenix Counseling Office, 211 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite No. 4, Dallas. Free. 503-623-3593. THURSDAY, JUNE 20 * 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. Dean Anderson and Alli Dimick will speak on the Dallas Youth Garden. 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.* Chuvarada Trio -- 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ragin' River Steakhouse Piano Bar, 154 S. Main St., Independence. Jazz and latin music featuring Cassio Vianna on piano, Donna Henderson on vocals and Rich Sutliff on guitar. No cover. 503-837-0394.* 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. FRIDAY, JUNE 21 * 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, JUNE 22 * 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.* Spirit Mountain Sporting Goods and RV Show -- Noon to 6 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Free. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, JUNE 23 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Spirit Mountain Sporting Goods and RV Show -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Free. 1-800-760-7977. MONDAY, JUNE 24 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, JUNE 25 * 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, JUNE 26 * 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.* WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series -- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: JT and the Tourists (1950s, 60s and early 70s rock `n' roll). Free strawberry shortcake. 503-838-8659.* 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.

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6/19 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* Julian L. Brown, 27, of Dallas at the Polk County Community Corrections Office, 689 Main St., on Thursday on a warrant.* Charles M. Wiedman, 49, of Dallas in the 100 block of Southeast Washington Street on Friday on a felony probation violation warrant.* Michael W. Collinsworth, 31, of Dallas at the corner of Main and Court streets on Saturday on charges of criminal mischief III and disorderly conduct II.* Johnathon D. Borrows, 20, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southwest Walnut Avenue on Saturday on a probation violation.* Donald R. Walker, 73, of Dallas in the 1000 block of Southeast LaCreole Drive on Saturday on two warrants out of Linn County and two warrants out of Arizona. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Jessica B. Westby, 20, of Independence in the 600 block of White Oak Circle on June 6 on a charge of minor in possession of alcohol.* Christopher A. Parmenter, 27, of Independence in the 200 block of North Walnut Street on June 7 on a probation violation.* Gregoria A. Richard, 35, of Independence in the 100 block of Monmouth Street on Saturday on a charge of second degree disorderly conduct. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Keevontye D. Collier, 19, of Monmouth at Knox Street South and Clay Street East on June 7 on charges of minor in possession of alcohol and indecent exposure.* Kimberly A. Boatright, 32, of Grand Ronde at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 10 on a contempt of court warrant.* Kristofer L. Davis, 31, of Independence at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 12 on a contempt of court warrant.* Tyler C. Funk, 21, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Monmouth Avenue North on June 12 on a charge of third degree theft.* Derek D. Mahrt, 20, of Salem at Independence Highway and Poplar Lane on June 12 on a charge of giving false information to a police officer.* Brenton T. McGinty, 22, of Keizer at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 12 on a failure to appear warrant.

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Stars and Stripes Forever

INDEPENDENCE -- The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded just a few years after the Civil War, when the United States was almost separated and flew not one but two flags.

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Grant funding eyed by county for 99W project

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County has submitted an application for a $16.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for repairs and overlays on Highway 99W running between Amity and Adair Village.

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Thursday, June 13

  

6/19 OBITUARIES

*Casper J. Bergerson*Jack B. Wymore*Thomas Burke*Kathryn 'Wanita' Murray*Sylvia Ruby Wood*Neil L. Buckmaster*David N. Pulis*Patricia M. Lyday*Alton Edward Williams Sr.*Winifred Ritchie Doerfler*Maeve Eileen Augustyn

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Stepping up to help save lives

DALLAS -- Ken Braun, a Dallas resident and frequent community volunteer, is not afraid to venture into difficult-to-talk-about subjects if doing so will help someone.

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6/19 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" have faded off into the sunset for another year, and recent high school and university graduates are busy with summer jobs, vacations and grateful for some time away from the books and all things school for the duration.These sunny days and long, leisurely evenings are so enjoyed -- and many of us look forward to summer all year long. Vacation plans and lots of outdoor projects keep everyone busy and there's really no reason to be bored at this time of year.--Both of MI Town's wonderful libraries have summer programs in motion for kids of all ages. If you haven't had the opportunity to see just what's been happening at the libraries lately, stop by and discover all the good things that are available including books, videos and other special events -- and they are all free.--All that glorious sunshine and occasional rain brings the need to trim shrubs and flowers and mow lawns more frequently. If garden clippings were money we'd all be rich and could be richer every time we picked up the clippers or started the lawn mower. It seems like we fill out a couple of those big, brown containers very quickly at our house, and appreciate that we can put them out by the curb for quick and efficient pickup every other week.--The "help wanted" sign is up at the Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, which means there'll be some good opportunities to work at the fairgrounds this summer. The county fair dates are Aug. 8-11, and this year's theme is "Farm Fresh Family Fun." The fair always has something for everyone -- and it's one of my favorite summertime events.--We're knee deep in June and getting set to enjoy all the goodness of summertime in MI Town. Concerts in Main Street Park and at the Riverview Park Amphitheater are just around the corner -- and so close that we're making plans for packing picnic baskets with sandwiches and cookies and bringing pitchers of lemonade as we gather with friends and neighbors to enjoy socializing and good music. It just doesn't get any better than this.--Congratulations to MI Town's own Jennifer Wheeler on her recent appointment as chairwoman of the Polk County Board of Commissioners. Wheeler has been with Polk County for several years prior to her appointment as commissioner in 2011.--Mark your calendars for the annual Community Yard Sale scheduled Aug. 31 in Main Street Park in Monmouth. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call Terri Gregory at 503-330-6598 to reserve your space. This is a great opportunity to find new homes for things no longer needed.

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OSAA: Basketball, Volleyball state championship tournament consolation games on the chopping block

Bob McBeth remembers the days of the 16-team, weeklong high school state basketball tournament. Not only did he play in one -- when Dallas High reached the 1986 Class 4A boys state tournament at Memorial Coliseum in Portland -- he also coached the Reedsport boys squad to the Class 3A state championship tourney at Oregon's old McArthur Court in Eugene back in 1996 and 1997.

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New CASA director eyes volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- Katey Axtell, the new director of Polk County's CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, hopes the beginning of her tenure with the organization will be a time of growth.

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Wednesday, June 12



SCHEDULE: Polk County sports schedule for June 12 -- June 19

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Baseball: American Legion: Redmond at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags (DH) at Dallas High School, 4 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Central at Cascade, 6 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 13 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at North Salem, 5 p.m. FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Baseball: American Legion: David Douglas at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Dallas High School, 6 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at David Douglas, 6 p.m. MONDAY, JUNE 17 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: Central at Silverton, 5:30 p.m.; Dallas at North Marion, 7 p.m. TUESDAY, JUNE 18 Baseball: American Legion: Mid-Valley at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Dallas High School, 4 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Yamhill-Carlton at Central, 5 p.m.; Dallas at Sprague, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Baseball: American Legion: Springfield at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags (DH) at Dallas High School, 2 p.m.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dallas' Caitlyn McCarron overcame childhood cancer before she became one of the state's best on the softball field

DALLAS -- Do you remember the show "Rolie Polie Olie?" Caitlyn McCarron does. "I remember sitting in the bed, watching it -- I was only 5," she recalled. "They had one of those side TVs next to the bed and then they rolled me away. And right as I was going through the double doors, I just remember looking over at my parents and waving."

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6/19 Community Notebook

*4-H deadline nears for Polk fair entries*Ham radio group slates 'field day'*"Sunday Musicale' scheduled in Dallas*Heatwave concerts beginning at WOU

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PREP SOFTBALL: 2013 All-Polk County Softball Team

PITCHERS Julie Postma Dallas Julie Postma The senior right-hander was the Dragons' steady workhorse in the circle, pitching 146 of Dallas' 164 total innings. She went 23-4 and finished the year with a 2.06 ERA and 99 strikeouts. Postma pitched 15 complete games and held opponents to a .210 batting average en route to first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference honors. She helped her cause at the plate, batting a solid .352 with 22 RBI. Postma plans to hang up her cleats, as the DHS valedictorian is headed to Oregon State University to study engineering. Bryce Baucum Perrydale Bryce Baucum The senior started every game in the circle for the Pirates during their run to the Class 2A-1A state semifinals in 2013. She finished the season with a 3.09 ERA and a 14-7 record, striking out 105 batters in 129 innings pitched. The first-team all-Special District 3 selection was also dangerous at the plate, batting a team-best .435 with 30 hits, 14 RBI, three doubles and three triples. In 69 at-bats, she struck out just seven times. Baucum plans to attend Chemeketa Community College in the fall with a goal to walk-on with the Storm softball squad. INFIELD Caitlyn McCarron Dallas Caitlyn McCarron The senior shortstop put together the best season of her career for the Dragons, batting .530 with 48 runs, 44 hits, 15 doubles, 12 home runs and three triples. McCarron's slugging percentage of 1.217 produced a whopping 71 RBI and she carried an on-base percentage of .615, a team best. She was named the Mid-Willamette Conference's player of the year for her efforts. She also made plenty of dazzling plays in the field, finishing the year with an .894 fielding percentage and 50 putouts. McCarron is headed to NCAA Division I Bradley University in Illinois on a 70 percent athletic scholarship. Brooke Barnes Perrydale Brooke Barnes The senior shortstop completed her prep athletic career with a solid season on the diamond, batting .421 with 24 hits, nine RBI, two triples and a home run. She stole 13 bases in 2013 and scored 23 runs for the state-semifinalist Pirates en route to first-team all-Special District 3 honors. Barnes was solid in the field, committing just seven errors at the shortstop position for an .872 fielding percentage. A three-sport athlete for Perrydale, Barnes plans to attend Chemeketa Community College and play either volleyball or softball for the Storm. Kelsi Christenson Central Kelsi Christenson The freshman third baseman put on a show in her first season for the Panthers, batting .411 with 37 hits, 28 runs, 10 home runs and eight doubles. Christenson finished the year with a stellar .856 slugging percentage and broke school records in both single-season and career home runs. She was named both a first-team all-Oregon West Conference and Class 4A second-team all-state infielder for her efforts. In the field, Christenson committed just nine errors in 77 attempts for a solid .920 fielding percentage at the hot corner. Ryanne Huffman Central Ryanne Huffman The sophomore shortstop had another big season as one of the Panthers' two returning starters on a young squad. She batted a team-best .470 with 47 hits, 35 runs and nine RBI. The speedy Huffman stole an eye-popping 40 bases and reached base 51.4 percent of the time as Central's leadoff batter. A first-team all-Oregon West Conference selection, Huffman was named the OWC player of the year for her efforts, which also earned her Class 4A first-team all-state honors. OUTFIELD Sophie Hess Dallas Sophie Hess The senior center fielder was rock-solid in the outfield for the Dragons, committing just two errors in 28 games for a .905 fielding percentage. At the plate, Hess batted .333 with 32 hits, 11 RBI, four doubles and a triple. She reached base 44.8 percent of the time and scored 36 runs to go along with 17 stolen bases, a tie for team-best. Hess was named a second-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference selection for her efforts. She's headed to play softball at Chemeketa Community College next fall. Lili Stott Perrydale Lili Stott The sophomore center fielder was the Pirates' leader in the outfielder, accounting for several diving catches throughout the 2013 campaign. She learned how to bat left-handed just last season and her improvement was evident this year, when she batted .396 with 21 hits, 10 runs and nine RBI. Stott walked 13 times and stole nine bases for the Pirates and was named to the all-Special District 3 first team for the second straight season. Brittney Bettles Central Brittney Bettles The senior center fielder had her best season to date, batting .329 with 28 hits, 16 RBI, 14 runs and three doubles en route to all-Oregon West Conference first-team and Class 4A all-state honorable mention honors. Bettles stole 13 bases and recorded an on-base percentage of .406 in her final season. In the field, she committed just five errors to finish the year with an .884 fielding percentage. Bettles will end her softball career, but plans to attend Oregon State in the fall to study veterinary science. UTILITY Lizzie Posey Dallas Lizzie Posey The junior spent time at second base and in the outfield before finally landing in the starting role at first base, where she was as solid as ever for the Dragons. A year after missing much of the 2012 season with a torn labrum in her shoulder, Posey batted .418 with 38 hits, 30 RBI, 33 runs, eight doubles and a home run. On defense, she tallied 112 putouts while committing just six errors to finish the season with a .953 fielding percentage. Posey was selected to the all-Mid-Willamette Conference first team for her efforts. Cheyenne Locke Perrydale Cheyenne Locke The sophomore catcher had another stellar year behind the plate for the Pirates, batting .405 with 28 hits, 13 RBI, three doubles, three triples and a home run. A solid defender, Locke committed just three errors for a crisp .975 fielding percentage and she stole a team-best 21 bases. With her powerful arm, teams didn't try too much stealing on the base paths, as Locke threw out three of the four base runners attempting to steal second. She was named a first-team All-Special District 3 selection for the second-straight season. CATCHER Dani Ackerman Dallas Dani Ackerman The senior was a strong contender for Polk County Player of the Year after leading the Dragons in hits and runs with 49 and 54, respectively. She batted a stellar .527 with a .742 slugging percentage to go along with 35 RBI, seven triples and six doubles. Ackerman stole 11 bases and was a wall behind the plate, finishing the season with zero errors for a perfect 1.00 fielding percentage and 129 putouts in 170 innings. A first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference selection, Ackerman will continue her softball career at Corban University next fall. COACH Amber McLean Central Amber McLean The ninth-year coach didn't lead the Panthers to their best record in her tenure, but she did keep Central as one of the Oregon West Conference's top teams despite returning just two starters from the 2012 squad that reached the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Central featured a brand-new starter in the circle in junior Jenny Cole and had just one senior -- center fielder Brittney Bettles -- in its lineup, which included three freshmen and three sophomores. Despite its inexperience, Central went 10-5 in league play to finish second in the OWC, won its Class 4A play-in game and reached the state playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.--The 2013 all-Polk County high school softball team was selected by Itemizer-Observer Sports Editor Nicole Watkins, along with heavy input from area coaches.

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Senior focus turns to math

DALLAS -- Dallas High School Principal Steve Spencer gave himself about a week to take pride in the fact that all 2013 seniors with the credits to graduate had met state-required essential skills in reading and writing.

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6/12 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These beautiful summer mornings bring so many blessings and benefits to those who are up early to savor the perfection of a brand spanking new day. There's something so delightful and almost awesome about the morning sounds of birds and the freshness of a summer breeze -- along with the anticipation of the day to come.I've found the very best way to get to know MI Town is to put on a comfortable pair of walking shoes and set out for a good walk along our local streets and throughout our neighborhoods.The walk becomes more of an adventure with a companion or dog -- or both -- and the healthful benefits of walking on a sunny morning or afternoon only add to the joy of seeing the hard work of our neighbors, and how they share with all of us the pretty green lawns and gorgeous flowers everywhere. This seems to be a fantastic year for roses and the fragrance from the colorful blooms follow us along the way.--The sights of U-Hauls and cars laden down with all kinds of possessions reminds us that Western Oregon University students will be returning to their home communities for the summer and we'll be saying goodbye for a few weeks to many of our young neighbors.A number of students will remain in our communities to work at summer jobs and to attend classes, so that will keep the youthful presence alive and well until September, when we'll welcome a new freshman class to campus and get reacquainted with other students.Over the last several years, MI Town has taken on an international feeling with many new faces from faraway places, and it's been so much fun to get to learn about other cultures. Students from all over the world also discover that life in MI Town is far different from what's so often portrayed on television and in the movies.--What welcome news it is to hear that our local school districts will receive more funding from the legislature because of better economic news. Schools in Polk County -- as well as statewide -- have had to make hard decisions regarding job layoffs and days when classes weren't held for the last several years.Giving our children and youth the very best public education possible is the most important thing we can do as a community, and these funds will go a long way to make that a possibility.--Best wishes to all our newly minted graduates. So many hopes, dreams and opportunities are waiting for the Class of 2013 to discover in the world of work, military service or college. May you choose wisely and go with confidence.

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4A SOFTBALL: Central has three selected to all-state list

INDEPENDENCE -- After earning Oregon West Conference player of the year honors this season, Central High sophomore shortstop Ryanne Huffman garnered her second-straight all-state honor as she was selected to the Class 4A first team by the state's coaches.

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6/12 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, June 12, 11:30 a.m. -- Dig It Science Surprises (at Dallas City Park)* Thursday, June 13, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Tuesday, June 18, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime* Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m. -- Alex Zerbe, comedy/juggling (at Dallas City Park)-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m. -- Brad Clark (music and stories)* Friday, June 14, 3 p.m. -- Teen Program* Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Wednesday, June 19, 3 p.m. -- Dinosaurs-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 12, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)* Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m. -- Book Club Discussion Group ("Blind Your Ponies")* Friday, June 14, 2 p.m. -- Friday Flicks* Tuesday, June 18, 2 p.m. -- The Bug Chicks* Wednesday, June 19, 10:15 a.m. -- Family Storytime (ages 0-6)* Wednesday, June 19, 2 p.m. -- Summer Tween Program (Monster Mash craft)-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, June 12, 9:45 a.m. -- Penny Walker and her puppet friends* Thursday, June 13, 9:45 a.m. -- Summer Reading Program: Garden Storytime* Wednesday, June 19, 9 a.m. -- Toddler/Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-3)* Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m. -- Youth Storytime (ages 4-14)

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6/19 News in Brief

*Board will consider zoning change*Hearing on library closure slated*County recipient of parenting grant*Polk will share in PILT distribution*Federal bill would help local tribes

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Reunion Roundup

*Dallas High School Class of 1971*McNary High School Class of 1973*Dallas High School Class of 1968*Dallas High School Class of 1963*Independence High School

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Tuesday, June 11



6/19 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, JUNE 19 * 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, JUNE 20 * 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.* Polk County Fire District No. 1 Board -- 7 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. Public hearing on and adoption of 2013-14 budget. 503-838-1510. MONDAY, JUNE 24 * Falls City School Board -- 5:30 p.m., Falls City High School Resource Room, 111 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3521, ext. 304. TUESDAY, JUNE 25 * 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, JUNE 26 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. Public hearing on 2013-14 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8173.* Polk County Extension Service District -- 1:30 p.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. Public hearing on 2013-14 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8173.

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Positive feedback received in survey

DALLAS -- A telephone survey conducted in Dallas this spring revealed surprisingly positive feedback from citizens interviewed about the community. City officials hope through examining the data and comments -- positive and negative -- Dallas can continue to post high marks with its residents.

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Monday, June 10



FACES eyes grant funding

FALLS CITY -- Family Academic Clubs and Enrichment for Success (FACES), Falls City School District's after-school program that just completed its fifth year, is at the end of it main source of grant funding.

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6/12 Letters to the Editor

*Fund established at area food bank*Take time to fight hunger nationwide*Circus fundraiser was a big success*Food bank donation much appreciated

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6/12 News in Brief

*Amphitheater open house is slated*Flag Day ceremony set for Friday*Road work means closures, delays*Dallas now offering online bill pay*City drinking water report available

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Friday, June 7

 

6/12 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 * Melena L. Loftis, 40, of Dallas in the 300 block of Southwest Academy Street on June 4 on charges of attempted assault II and reckless endangering.* Alexis N. Webb, 23, of Dallas in the 500 block of East Ellendale Avenue on Thursday on a charge of criminal trespass II.* Carl W. King, 38, of Willamina on Main Street on Saturday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving uninsured and having an open container of alcohol. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations * Edward J. Nash, 19, of Salem at the Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., on June 5 on a failure to appear warrant.* Noe Nunez Manzo, 28, of Independence in the 700 block of North Log Cabin Street on June 5 on a charge of assault. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Mina L. Bellah, 68, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Pacific Highway South on June 2 on a charge of theft.* Jose S. Vera-Mendez, 62, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Pacific Highway South on June 2 on a charge of theft.* Tonga V. Moa, 23, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on June 3 on a failure to appear warrant.* Joey R. Cavanaugh, 21, of Eugene at the Monmouth Police Department, 238 Jackson St. E., on June 4 on a failure to appear warrant.* John C. Molina, 43, of Monmouth at the Monmouth Police Department, 238 Jackson St. E., on June 4 on a fugitive warrant.* Thomas R. Breierly, 22, of Monmouth at Main Street West and Monmouth Avenue North on Saturday on charges of failure to carry/present operators license and driving while suspended/revoked.* Gais K. El Forgani, 24, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Catron Street North on Saturday on a charge of reckless driving.* Dominique L. May, 20, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Ecols Street South on Sunday on a charge of offensive littering.

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Health departments facing job cutbacks

POLK COUNTY -- An overestimation in revenues for the Polk County Mental Health and Health and Human Services departments has forced the county to eliminate 16 positions by the end of June.

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Judge assigned Wilson case

DALLAS -- The case of a mother who is accused of disappearing with her daughter in the midst of a custody dispute more than 18 years ago has been assigned to Polk County Circuit Court Judge Norm Hill for the remainder of its court proceedings.

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Thursday, June 6

  

'Essential skills' being met by DHS students

DALLAS -- Two graduating classes have left Dallas High School since the state of Oregon has required students demonstrate an increasing number of "essential skills" before receiving their diplomas.

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Fireworks display could use a spark

FALLS CITY -- As it has for many years in the past, Falls City's Fire Department will put on a fireworks spectacular the evening of July 3 to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Wednesday, June 5



SCHEDULE: Polk County Sports Schedule for June 5 to June 11

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Baseball: American Legion: Canyon Crushers at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags, Dallas High School, 4 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at West Salem, 5:30 p.m.; Central at Sweet Home, 6 p.m. THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at McNary, 6 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas and Central at Dallas Tournament, Dallas High School, TBA. SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Baseball: Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas and Central at Dallas Tournament, Dallas High School, TBA. MONDAY, JUNE 10 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Roseburg (DH), Roseburg High School, 4 p.m.; Division I Junior Baseball: Dallas at West Albany (DH), 4:30 p.m.; South Albany at Central, 5 p.m. TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Baseball: American Legion: Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags at Eugene, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Baseball: American Legion: Redmond at Post 20 DeMarini Dirtbags (DH), Dallas High School, 2 p.m. Division I Junior Baseball: Central at Cascade, 6 p.m.

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6/12 OBITUARIES

*Gerardo 'Jay' Zarate*Mary V. McKendry*Douglas A. 'Tony' Widby*Ernest T. Luna*Jeffrey Clayton Stofle*Lee Vorderstrasse*Donald Lewis Diehm*Matthew Lee Parks*Patricia M. (Burbank) Lyday*Alton E. Williams Sr.*Jack B. Wymore*Wayne Elston Gouge*Thomas Burrell Grabenhorst*Frances 'Patty' Bohn

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6/19 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Shinkle wins write-in nod for board*CCC Dallas summer term to begin*Polk group graduates from Linfield*Local duo receive diplomas from PU*Dallas duo earn Marylhurst degree

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6/12 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, JUNE 12 * 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., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-9680. * Monmouth Park and Recreation Board -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. THURSDAY, JUNE 13 * Luckiamute Watershed Council -- 7 p.m., Falls City Elementary School cafeteria, 177 Prospect St., Falls City. 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, JUNE 17 * Dallas City Council -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502. TUESDAY, JUNE 18 * 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, JUNE 19 * 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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Tuesday, June 4



Dallas man is sentenced

DALLAS -- A Dallas man will spend more than six years in prison after being sentenced for six crimes stemming from three separate cases.

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Patrol now powered by propane

POLK COUNTY -- The use of alternative fuels once provoked images of less-than-clean, long-haired youths and Volkswagen vans.Now, even "The Man" is joining the trend.The Polk County Sheriff's office recently completed work on converting 10 patrol cars to run on propane gas. The cleaner-burning, American-made fuel is one of the most popular alternatives to gasoline across the country.The idea came up in December to convert a portion of the department's fleet. After researching the process and financial benefits, the department decided to implement it.The department worked with Alliance AutoGas, a national network of propane companies, to convert the vehicles.Total cost for the conversions was $60,000 -- $6,000 per car. The department expects to save around $20,000 per year on fuel costs."We're always looking for ways to save money -- it's in limited supply," Polk County Sgt. Mark Garton said. "If gas prices go up, the more we save. Propane costs don't fluctuate like gasoline."Blue Star Gas, a California-based partner of the Alliance program, brought in test cars for the department to drive during the initial phases of the project. Officers couldn't notice a change in performance from gasoline.The system uses gasoline to warm up the engine and then automatically switches to propane."When we first had one of their demo cars, the sheriff (Bob Wolfe) was skeptical," Garton said. "He was driving it and they asked if he could tell it was on propane. He couldn't tell and was sold from that point on."The department converted only the vehicles that have the highest usage throughout the year to maximize the savings potential.Auto Additions of Salem performed the conversions for the department, the first propane conversion they had done. The company has previously worked on the department's fleet installing lights and other peripherals."We thought it would be good for the department. We were excited for sure," Auto Additions technician Justin Uttecht said. "They (Alliance) flew out a guy and trained a handful of technicians here. They were very involved."Not only will the department save on just fuel costs, but maintenance costs on the converted vehicles should drop as well.Propane burns around 107 octane, compared to 87 octane of regular gasoline, meaning the harmful buildup associated with gasoline is greatly diminished.According to an Environmental Protection Agency study from 2009, propane is among the lowest total carbon emission fuels. Emissions are reduced by up to 20 percent versus gasoline or diesel.Now that the 10 converted vehicles have two fuel sources, officers won't be so weary of driving into more remote portions of the county when on duty."It's kind of nice. I've run out of propane completely a couple of times," Polk County Deputy Casey Gibson said. "I'm always like, thank God I have two tanks. That would be my luck to run the entire thing out."

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Saying their final goodbyes

INDEPENDENCE -- Empty hallways and classrooms are just another part of summer for a school; for Henry Hill Elementary, it means something else altogether.

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6/12 Community Notebook

*Dallas family night event set Thursday*Seminar for horse owners is Saturday*Senior center site of fashion show*Car show on tap at rehab center*Firefighters to host breakfast for dads*Hospital volunteers selling boxed candy*VBS kickoff event scheduled Tuesday

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Saturday, June 1



The Circus is in Town!

FALLS CITY -- Culpepper & Merriweather Circus' troupe wakes up at 5:30 every morning to drive to a new city.Within hours, the crew turns an empty piece of land in that town into an old-fashioned circus, complete with a big top tent, concession stand and midway.The circus puts on two shows a day starting in the afternoon and then tears it all down again at night.By 6 a.m. the next day, all that is left of the circus is the memories of the unbelievable feats of the performers, hilarious high jinks of the clowns and adorable antics of the animals.Last week, Falls City, for less than 24 hours, was part of the old-fashioned -- and increasingly rare -- small traveling circus experience when the Hugo, Okla.-based show came to town.Two centuries ago, shows the size of Culpepper & Merriweather were common. Now the industry is dominated by large productions (Ringling Bros., Cirque du Soleil) that play larger cities for weeks at a time. Most are sleek productions, with all the special effects modern audiences expect.<div class='inline-left photo'> <img width='400' alt='Culpepper & Merriweather's black-manned African lion Francis takes a little coaxing from trainer Trey Key, right, to take his place atop a perch during the show's big cat exhibition. In addition to Francis, the circus also travels with two golden tabby tigers named Solomon and Delilah. The golden tabby is a rare color variation of tiger that are thought to number less than 30 in the entire world.' src='http://www.polkio.com/images/17750.jpg' /> <p class='photoByline'>Photo by Pete Strong</p> <p class='photoCaption'> Culpepper & Merriweather's black-manned African lion Francis takes a little coaxing from trainer Trey Key, right, to take his place atop a perch during the show's big cat exhibition. In addition to Francis, the circus also travels with two golden tabby tigers named Solomon and Delilah. The golden tabby is a rare color variation of tiger that are thought to number less than 30 in the entire world.</p></div>Culpepper & Merriweather is a different kind of show by design. First, because it is less expensive to play small towns like Falls City, but perhaps more importantly, it keeps alive the traditional wonderment circuses were originally known for.&quot;It's a really charming way to do this because it's a really low-tech show,&quot; said Nathan Holguin, &quot;Punchy&quot; of the show's clown duo &quot;Judy and Punchy.&quot; &quot;It's an 80-foot pushup tent, bleachers, flood lights, a simple sound system and that's it. There are no crazy special effects, no smoke and mirrors, or any of that. Everything you see is as real as it can be.&quot;Holguin, who is touring with the circus for the first time this season after working with bigger shows, said the traditional style -- and the fact that spectators are never further than 40 feet from the circus ring -- resonates with audiences.&quot;That is something that I think you miss when you get into larger venues,&quot; Holguin said. &quot;It doesn't have the same heart and soul that I find in this show.&quot;It's true the audience in Falls City didn't seem to miss the special effects when watching &quot;Miss Simone&quot; fly overhead on a trapeze, or big cat trainer Trey Key work with comically stubborn Francis, the show's black-maned African lion, or a family of performers pull off increasingly difficult feats -- all while riding unicycles.<div class='inline-left photo'> <img width='400' alt='"Miss Simone" dazzles the crowd with a death-defying trapeze show high above the ring, with no safety net.' src='http://www.polkio.com/images/17753.jpg' /> <p class='photoByline'>Photo by Pete Strong</p> <p class='photoCaption'> "Miss Simone" dazzles the crowd with a death-defying trapeze show high above the ring, with no safety net.</p></div>Dallas resident Kim McDonald took her four young children on a surprise trip to the circus last week -- or at least she tried to surprise them.&quot;There are posters everywhere,&quot; she said. &quot;They've been asking about it for weeks.&quot;The show didn't disappoint. McDonald's daughter, Kaydence, held up both her thumbs when asked what she thought of the show.&quot;It's funny,&quot; the youngster said, likely referring to Judy and Punchy's well-timed physical comedy acts, some involving props like mops and hula hoops.&quot;My favorite is the unicycles ... well, actually my favorite is the clown with the hula hoops,&quot; she added.Providing what Holguin calls &quot;old-fashioned magic&quot; requires plenty of hard work. Culpepper & Merriweather is on the road for 30 to 32 weeks a year doing shows every day, unless severe weather or other crises (the Boston Marathon bombings, for example) result in a cancellation.&quot;It's just a way of life,&quot; said performer Mel Silverlake. &quot;It's what we do. You get up at 5:30 in the morning, work all day and go to bed at midnight, but you have a lot of fun in between.&quot;It's an atypical work schedule, where &quot;circus performers go everywhere and see nothing,&quot; said Key, also the show's general manager. &quot;We have our Saturdays and Sundays all at once during 20 weeks in the winter.&quot;To pull that off, the circus relies on the commitment of many lifelong professionals -- in the literal sense as many performers grew up on circus routes.<div class='inline-right photo'> <img width='400' alt='Ron Dykes, the patriarch of a family of Culpepper & Merrriweather performers, takes his fire-juggling act to the top of an enormous unicycle to the delight of the crowd.' src='http://www.polkio.com/images/17749.jpg' /> <p class='photoByline'>Photo by Pete Strong</p> <p class='photoCaption'> Ron Dykes, the patriarch of a family of Culpepper & Merrriweather performers, takes his fire-juggling act to the top of an enormous unicycle to the delight of the crowd.</p></div>Silverlake, for example, can trace back six generations of circus workers in his family. His parents once owned a circus and his first job was as a clown -- at the age of 2.Currently, he performs a bull whip act -- Indiana Jones style -- but he's been shot out of a cannon, performed trapeze and worked as an animal trainer, among other acts.&quot;I was born to do it,&quot; he said.Fellow Culpepper & Merriweather crew member Jose Ayala said the circus has been in his family's blood for at least seven generations. He said his family's first known circus performer came to the United States from Spain as a trick horseback rider.&quot;That's what we know,&quot; he said. &quot;If he came from Spain and was already involved in the circus, there could have been more (family generations in the circus). We are not sure.&quot;Culpepper & Merriweather are inspiring the next generation of circus performers, the children of some of those old pros.Ayala's son and daughter, Emmanuel<B></B>and Elizabeth, are featured in the show in their own acts. Elizabeth performs acrobatics suspended only by her hair and Emmanuel tests his balancing skills by standing on stacked cylinders in the stunning show finale.Paulina Dykes, of the family of unicyclers, has also branched out with her &quot;Big and Little&quot; horse act, featuring a huge draft horse and tiny miniature horse.Dykes said she's been in her family's performances since she was a baby -- perched on her father's shoulders -- and decided two years ago it was time to create her own act.<div class='inline-right photo'> <img width='400' alt='Ryanne Waugh, 2, takes a pony ride on the midway May 29 under the watchful eyes of her mother Katie, center, and Paulina Dykes, who performs in her family's unicycle show as well as her own "Big and Little" horse act.' src='http://www.polkio.com/images/17751.jpg' /> <p class='photoByline'>Photo by Pete Strong</p> <p class='photoCaption'> Ryanne Waugh, 2, takes a pony ride on the midway May 29 under the watchful eyes of her mother Katie, center, and Paulina Dykes, who performs in her family's unicycle show as well as her own "Big and Little" horse act.</p></div>&quot;The horses in the show are the first ones I've owned,&quot; she said. &quot;I wanted to have a horse my whole life, so I saved my money and got a big, giant horse and a tiny, little one.&quot;If that generation is anything like those that came before, the Ayala and Dykes families will be well-represented in the circus world for years to come.&quot;To me it's life, you know,&quot; said Jose Ayala, explaining the long line of circus performers in his family. &quot;I think when you start working in the circus, the first time you step in the ring and for the first time hear the laughter or the applause from the people, that stays in your heart forever.&quot;<B>Circus the numbers:</B>* 4,000 -- Pounds the circus big top tent weighs.* 800 -- People who can be comfortably seated inside the tent to watch a show. * 2 -- Shows Culpepper & Merriweather Circus puts on each day.* 7 -- Days each week the circus puts on shows.* 32 -- Weeks in the average circus season.* 30 -- People who are in the traveling circus troupe, including performers and crew.* 3 -- Big &quot;jungle cats&quot; featured in the circus show: Francis, a black-maned African lion, and his two accomplices, Solomon and Delilah, rare golden tabby tigers.

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