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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