Stories for October 2013

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Wednesday, October 30



10/30 SPORTS: Dragons roll in finale; host play-in

<B></B>DALLAS -- There's some excitement being generated around the football program at Dallas High School.For the first time since 2010, the Dragons have earned a spot in the Class 5A state play-in round. And not only is Dallas in the play-in round, the Dragons will host a game, Friday at 7 p.m.

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10/30 SPORTS: Running down a dream

NEWPORT -- Central High School freshman Abby McBeth and senior Zane West ran their best when it mattered most.At the Oregon West Conference Championships Saturday in Newport, McBeth and West both posted personal records and qualified for the Class 4A state cross-country championships Saturday in Lane Community College in Eugene.

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Tuesday, October 29



Getting invested in schools

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District has opened its doors for community members to get a firsthand look at the state of its five schools.

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Monday, October 28



Businessman marks 50 years

DALLAS -- There may only be one subject Stan Schmidt, the owner of Stan Schmidt State Farm Insurance Agency in Dallas, knows better than insurance. That would be model trains, a favorite hobby of his since he was 15 years old.

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10/30 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, OCT. 30 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. MONDAY, NOV. 4 * Central School District Board of Directors -- 6:30 p.m., Central High School cafeteria, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-0030.* 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, NOV. 5 * 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, NOV. 6 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. * Monmouth Historic Commission -- 6 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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Carjacking suspect is at large

DALLAS -- Police are looking for a man who forced his way into a passing car at gunpoint Friday morning, demanding the owner drive him a short distance through town before the victim was able to escape.

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Car thieves nabbed in Polk County

POLK COUNTY -- A string of vehicle and property thefts in Polk and Lincoln counties ended Saturday with the arrests of two suspects north of Dallas.

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Friday, October 25

 

Dallas board keeping WESD options open

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board is leaving its options open with regard to staying or withdrawing from the Willamette Education Service District for the 2014-15 school year.

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10/30 Letters to the Editor

*Public safety a key function of county*DHS frosh football squad has big year*Levies would hurt small businesses*Politicians letting world pass us by*Need for safety levy here is great*Why does county need more money?*Commitment to LVCS future is appreciated*Subject of story wants to acknowledge others*Drivers need to follow safety precautions*'Yes' vote will keep law enforcement working

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10/30 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Tweleve friends and family members on Oct. 20 showered Lyndsey Zarfas with gifts for the new baby girl she and Rob are expecting in November.Her mother, Annette Steward, came from Olympia, Wash., and mother-in-law Ellen Zarfas was there from Salem.The women played games, plus each in turn gave Lyndsey baby-rearing advice, as this will be their first child. They are planning to name the new baby girl Estelle Elaine.--I just got back Oct. 23 from Mesa, Ariz., where I attended my childhood friends Frank and Linda Danielson's 50th anniversary party.Taking advantage of the flight there, I spent a week with my sister, Vicki Massey, and her husband, Grant, and their family. Coincidentally, my dad's 87-year-old cousin's funeral was in Phoenix the first day I was there, so Vicki and I attended.On the spur of the moment we decided to keep on driving to the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona to visit the oldest continuously running trading post in America. The Hubbell Trading Post has been in business since the 1860s and is now a national monument and worth the trip. It was a five-hour trip there, so we stopped at a Walmart and picked up a toothbrush, comb and sweatshirt (which doubled as pj's) and spent the night in Flagstaff before going on to the trading post.The day I came home from Mesa, the temperature was 92 degrees -- love it!--Junior Lyday, 92, is home from a stay at the Independence Rehabilitation Center, where he is continuing to recover from a lengthy illness. His daughter, Vicki Woods, is here from her home in Las Vegas to help friend Shelly Tarvin take care of him.--Don't forget the Pedee Women's Club holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 9, from, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be serving a lunch of homemade soups and pies, plus have their delicious candy for sale in the fire hall, where several other craftsmen will have booths with holiday items for sale.

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10/30 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* Tyler J. Calhoun, 23, of Salem in the 200 block of Southwest Washington Street on Oct. 23 on a charge of second-degree theft.* Bradley A. Blaise, 21, of Keizer arrested Oct. 23 on a charge of second-degree theft in connection to an incident reported at Walmart, 321 NE Kings Valley Highway, on May 28.* Jerry A. Simpson, 29, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Southwest Mill Street on Saturday on charges of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation.* John R. Lucero, 71, of Salem in the 200 block of Main Street on Sunday on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Unique H. Keller, 25, of Independence in the 1400 block of E Street on Oct. 21 on a charge of fourth degree assault.* Cynthia A. Butler, 51, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Ecols Street North on Oct. 22 on a charge of third degree theft.* Tristen D. Stouder, 24, of Keizer at Monmouth Street and South Main Street on Friday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Eric D. Hedrick, 41, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Main Street West on Oct. 21 on a charge of menacing--use/display of a weapon.* Gustave J. Benthin, 22, of Independence and Peter C. Mastenbroek, 21, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Warren Street South on Oct. 22 on charges of fourth degree assault.* Timothy D. Simkins, 21, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Oct. 22 on a charge of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.* Favian Gonzalez-Hernandez, 21, of Independence at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Thursday on a failure to appear warrant.

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Wednesday, October 23



10/30 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Once again, three sisters are sharing bathrooms, clothes, books and endless cups of coffee.The many years of love and loss and memories that have accumulated can disappear in a New York minute and it's almost like we hear our mother calling that the school bus is at the end of the driveway and we're still not ready.We're each living in three different states -- Oregon, California and Arizona -- and have been for many years. We've raised and educated children who now have children of their own. We've said final goodbyes to family members and friends we'll miss forever. Our lives have taken different paths, but the love, loyalty and shared DNA are a permanent fixture in our world.Because we miss each other and we could find good airline deals, Suzie and I are spending a golden week together at our sister Barbara's home in California. Not at all surprised that we all enjoy the same books, foods and activities, we're eager to share time with each other and put much of the rest of the world on hold. There's a moratorium on politics and religion, but it's open season on just about everything else.This self-proclaimed news junkie has been able to walk away from the television and radio coverage. There's nothing on the face of this earth that could compete with our non-stop conversations -- our husbands can attest to that. The world is spinning along just fine without our contributions and as long as the good food, coffee and an occasional adult beverage holds out, we are content.--Thursday is Halloween, or, as it was once called, All Hallows Eve. Please watch out for little ghosts, goblins and super heroes as they navigate MI Town's streets on their yearly quest for goodies. Lots of good times and more treats than tricks are happening at the Monmouth Public Library.&quot;From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, And things that go bump in the night ... Good Lord, deliver us!&quot; -- Taken from an old Scottish prayer.

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10/30 News in Brief

*Local election results to be posted*Poachers sought in county incident*Fairgrounds supporters plan benefit*Congressman plans visit to Dallas*Independence library receives grant*Winters is planning re-election bid*Monmouth PD recipient of grant*State group honors PCL staffers*Time to set your clocks back Sunday

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10/30 OBITUARIES

*Ruby Buntjer*Donald Richert*Orrel Jean Walser*Leah Lorene Hill-Cornett*Dale L. Reckard*Charles 'Chuck' Boeder*Esther Viola Allison*Juanita 'Jonie' Ruth Skidmore*Sharon Kirkham*Jack L. Jacobsen*Hazel 'Nell' Gilliam-West*Cecelia R. Ferguson*June Armstrong Richardson

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WOU roundup: Wolves prepare for big weekend on campus

MONMOUTH - It will be a big Saturday on the campus of Western Oregon University and they have declared it to be a &quot;red out&quot;. All four fall sports will be in action starting with the cross-country team as they host the Great Northwest Athletic Championships at 9 a.m in Monmouth.

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Schedule 10/23 - 10/30

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 Cross-Country: Dallas at Mid-Willamette Conference Championships, Waterloo Park, Lebanon, 1 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 24 Volleyball: Silverton at Dallas, 6 p.m. Boys Soccer: Dallas at South Albany, 4 p.m. Central at Stayton, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: South Albany at Dallas, 4 p.m. Western Mennonite/Perrydale at Jefferson, 4:15 p.m. Stayton at Central, 6:15 p.m. Women's Soccer: Central Washington at Western Oregon, 3 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 25 Football: Lebanon at Dallas, 7 p.m. Central at Newport, 7 p.m. Falls City at St. Paul, 7 p.m. Alsea at Perrydale, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 26 Football: Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 1 p.m. Volleyball: Class 4A Play-In Round, TBA. Saint Martin's at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer: Seattle Pacific at Western Oregon, 3 p.m. Cross-Country: Western Oregon at GNAC Championships, Monmouth, 10 a.m. Central at Oregon West Conference Championships, Newport, TBA. TUESDAY, OCT. 29 Boys Soccer: Silverton at Dallas, 4 p.m. Newport at Central, 6 p.m. Girls Soccer: Dallas at Silverton, 4 p.m. Central at Newport, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 Volleyball: Class 1A State Playoffs, First Round, TBA

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10/30 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Oct. 31, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime (Halloween theme)* Tuesday, Nov. 5, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. -- Local Author Book Discussion Group* Thursday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m. -- Halloween Spectacular* Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-noon -- E-Reader Workshop* Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. -- Fall Fun Club (Movie: &quot;Monsters University&quot;)* Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4:30 p.m. -- Chess Club (grades 1-5)-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. -- Pumpkin Carving Contest* Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10:15 a.m. -- Toddler Storytime* Tuesday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m. -- First Tuesday Builders Club (ages 5-12)* Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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Parents question grade wording

DALLAS -- What could be considered a poor choice of words on grading guidelines for a LaCreole Middle School community service assignment has some parents upset.

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10/30 Community Notebook

*PCL ready to host casino fundraiser*Pro wrestling duo at Indy Elks Lodge*Farmers market heading indoors*Tribute to veterans planned by MVCA

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10/30 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, OCT. 30 * 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.* 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, OCT. 31 * 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. FRIDAY, NOV. 1 * Dallas Senior Center Bingo -- 6:30 p.m., Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Bingo cards are $1 each or six for $5; must be 18 or older to attend. 503-623-8554.* 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, NOV. 2 * 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., old Independence city hall building, 240 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-910-8193.* 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, NOV. 3 * 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, NOV. 4 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.* The Emeritus Society -- 1:30 p.m., Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth. Western Oregon University Professor Emily Plec will speak on &quot;Human-Animal Communication.&quot; Refreshments. Free; open to the public.* Dallas High School Booster Club -- 7 p.m., Dallas High School library, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. dhsboosters2010@gmail.com. TUESDAY, NOV. 5 * 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.* Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950 -- 7 p.m., 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1950. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 * 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.* 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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Tuesday, October 22



Monday, October 21



Jensen Arctic finds new home

MONMOUTH -- If you didn't make it to the September salmon bake at the Jensen Arctic Museum, the next chance to see the 5,000 piece collection will be next year some time -- in Eugene.

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Halloween Happenings in Polk County

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS * Monmouth Public Library Pumpkin Carving Contest -- Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monmouth Public Library, 168 S. Ecols St., Monmouth. Categories for elementary school students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, adults and businesses. Drop off entries Wednesday; judging Thursday, Oct. 31, at noon, except &quot;people's choice award&quot; judging is all day. 503-751-0182.--* Dallas Trick 'N' Treat -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 3 to 6 p.m., Morrison School gym, 1251 Main St., Dallas. For children through age 12. Costume contests, treats and prizes. Hosted by Morrison School and Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce. Free admission; donations accepted. For more information: 503-623-2564; www.dallasoregon.org.--* Monmouth Business Association Halloween Spectacular -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Downtown businesses in Monmouth host their third annual &quot;Halloween Spectacular.&quot; Many Main Street businesses will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Maps of participating businesses available at Monmouth Public Library. Children's games at Petals & Vines hosted by Monmouth-Independence Community Preschool. For more information: Martha Zuck, 503-838-1773.--* Independence Public Library Halloween Spectacular -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m., Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St., Independence. Families are welcome to stop by the library to decorate a trick-or-treat bag, then go downtown for treats from local merchants. Sponsored by the Independence Downtown Association. 503-838-1811.--* Dallas Retirement Village Trick or Treat -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Dallas Retirement Village, 311 W. Ellendale Ave., 377 NW Jasper St. and 340 NW Brentwood St., Dallas. Preschool through grade-school children are welcome with their parents. The entry area of each building will have residents looking forward to giving treats out to children. Attendees are asked to stay in the living room front entry area. For more information: Karen Pederson, 503-623-5581.--* Halloween Fun at Heron Pointe -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Heron Pointe Assisted Living, 504 Gwinn St., Monmouth. Games, prizes, giveaways, refreshments and trick-or-treat candy for families. Free. 503-838-6850.--* Valley Life Center Community Carnival -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., Valley Life Center, 1795 SE Miller Ave., Dallas. For children in grades 5 and under. Inflatable toys, games, hay rides, pony rides, candy and more. Concessions available. Free admission. 503-623-4116.--* Western Oregon University Halloween Mixer -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Gentle House, 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. For WOU students 21 and older. Cost: $10, includes two beers, snacks and photo booth. Must bring both your ID and WOU ID for admission. WOU Student Activities Board Halloween dance will follow event; tickets available at mixer. 503-838-8673; www.facebook.com/events/600756459963848/.--* Dallas Fire Department Halloween Safety Patrols -- Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (times approximate), various Dallas neighborhoods. Dallas fire engines and medic units will visit neighborhoods as part of the department's trick-or-treat safety patrol that includes passing out Halloween candy. For more information: 503-831-3530.

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Arts Center to serve Monmouth and Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- What began as an off-the-cuff remark about the old Independence library has turned into a full-fledged community effort to bring an arts center to Independence, or Monmouth, or both.

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10/23 OBITUARIES

*Kevin Lynn Braziel*LeRoy Leon Shaw*Norman LeRoy Prouty*Theodore 'Pete' William Musgrave, Jr.

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Flight of Honor

DALLAS -- After a whirlwind trip across the country that lasted a mere 53 hours, three World War II veterans from Dallas were exhausted when their Honor Flight ended Sunday morning.

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Saturday, October 19

 

Dallas man lead police on chase

DALLAS -- A Dallas man was arrested early Saturday after twice ramming a police car, injuring an officer, and leading police on a high-speed chase on Highway 22.

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Friday, October 18

 

Thursday, October 17



10/23 Letters to the Editor

*Vote 'Yes' on Measure 27-109*All benefit from public safety levy*No vote on levy, stop tax increase*Levy approval protects livability*Misleading endorsement*Yes vote continues district's services Voter approval needed for levy*WESD leaders should step down

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10/23 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 * Adrian D. Contreras, 30, of Independence in the 100 block of Southwest Court Street on Oct. 8 on a charge of theft III and a warrant. * Kyle R. Piering, 25, of Dallas in the 400 block of East Ellendale Avenue on Oct. 14 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering. * Zelda M. Mathers, 59, of Dallas in the 100 block of Northwest Jasper Street on Oct. 14 on charges failure to perform the duties of a driver, criminal mischief II, and driving uninsured. * Michael J. Searles, 42, of Dallas in the 2000 block of Southwest Fairview Avenue on Friday on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations * Victor H. Gil, 22, transient in the 600 block of North Log Cabin Street on Oct. 16 on a charge of probation violation.* Jesus M. Madera-Orozco, 40, of Independence in the 700 block of North Log Cabin Street on Oct. 17 on a charge of physical harassment.* Jeremy V. Taylor, 25, of Independence in the 100 block of Grand Street on Oct. 17 on a failure to appear warrant.* Juan C. Mentado-Hernandez, 29, of Salem in the 3000 block of Portland Road in Salem on Oct. 18 on charges of first degree sex abuse, second degree sex abuse, first degree sodomy, first degree sexual penetration with an object and incest. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations * Candice D. Alaniz, 30, of Monmouth at Pacific Highway South and Madrona Street East on Oct. 11 on charges of driving while suspended/revoked and failure to return a suspended/revoked/canceled license.* Charlotte E. Cottle, 66, of Monmouth in the 1700 block of Madrona Street East on Oct. 12 and in the 200 block of Jackson Street East on October 18 on charges of telephonic harassment.* Robert Logan, 46, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Ackerman Street West on Oct. 12 on a charge of physical harassment.* Joshua O. Neal, 20, of Monmouth at Monmouth Independence Highway and Price Lane East on Oct. 12 on a charge of minor in possession of alcoholic liquor and in the 300 block of Catherine Court on Oct. 16 on a charge of unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.* Wael M. Alanazi, 20, of Monmouth at Monmouth Avenue South and Main Street West on Oct. 13 on charges of failure to carry/present operators license, driving while suspended/revoked and driving while uninsured.* Scott A. Music, 29, of Monmouth at Jackson Street East and Knox Street North on Oct. 13 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Harvey J. Tharp III, 40, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Knox Street North on Oct. 13 on charges of second degree disorderly conduct and second degree criminal trespassing.* Benjamin J. Caudillo, 34, of Independence in the 200 block of Broad Street North on Oct. 14 on a charge of mail theft.* Brian Riddle, 51, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Edwards Road South on Oct. 14 on a charge of restraining order violation.* Julia M. Gabriels, 20, of Independence in the 300 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Oct. 17 on a charge of restraining order violation.* Mitchell J. Martell, 18, of Glenns Ferry, Idaho in the 700 block of Madrona Street East on Oct. 18 on a charge of minor in possession of alcoholic liquor.* Tami Rae Jarnport, 43, of Monmouth at Main Street East and Pacific Highway North on Saturday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering.* Tristan L. Metcalf, 21, of Monmouth at Pacific Highway South and Hoffman Road on Sunday on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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10/23 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, OCT. 23 * 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.* 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, OCT. 24 * Polk County Public Health Flu Shot Clinic -- 4 to 6 p.m., Polk County Mental Health, Conference Room B, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Suite, 150, West Salem. Flu immunization cost is $21. 503-623-8176.* 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.* &quot;Mom & Me&quot; breast feeding support group -- 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital, 525 SE Washington St. in the room immediately inside emergency room entrance. Free. 503-623-7323. FRIDAY, OCT. 25 * Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building gym, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. Annual Halloween dance. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $3 (staff and parents are free). 503-949-5552.* 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, OCT. 26 * 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, OCT. 27 * 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, OCT. 28 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.* American Red Cross Blood Drive -- 12:30 to 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 879 SW Levens St., Dallas. 503-930-7636.* Dallas Senior Center Karaoke -- 6 to 8 p.m. Thousands of songs to choose from, sing-along or solo, everyone welcome. 955 SE Jefferson (behind the library) 503 623-8554. TUESDAY, OCT. 29 * 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.* Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950 -- 7 p.m., 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1950. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 * 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.* 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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Wednesday, October 16

   

Sibling centric drama at CHS

INDEPENDENCE -- When Central High School premiers its fall drama production Wednesday (today), don't expect a run-of-the-mill high school play.

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WOU football puts on a homecoming show

Halfway through the conference league schedule there is a pileup at the top of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and the Western Oregon football team is in the mix.

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Sports schedule: 10/16 - 10/23

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16 Cross-Country: Central at Elmira Invitational, 3:30 p.m. Woodburn, Lebanon, Corvallis at Dallas (Dallas City Park), 4 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 17 Volleyball: Veritas at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Willamette Valley Christian at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Woodburn at Dallas, 6 p.m. Central at Stayton, 6:30 p.m. Western Oregon at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer: Corvallis at Dallas, 4 p.m. Central at Cascade, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Cascade at Central, 4 p.m. Western Mennonite/Perrydale at Santiam Christian, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Corvallis, 6:30 p.m. Women's Soccer: Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 3 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 18 Football: Corvallis at Dallas, 7 p.m. Stayton at Central, 7 p.m. Perrydale at Falls City, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 19 Football: Western Oregon at Dixie State, 5 p.m. Volleyball: Western Oregon at Montana State Billings, 6 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Washington at Western Oregon, 1:30 p.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 21 Girls Soccer: Creswell at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 22 Volleyball: Falls City at St. Paul, 5:30 p.m. Perrydale at Country Christian, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Lebanon, 6 p.m. Newport at Central, 6:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Lebanon at Dallas, 4 p.m. Taft at Central, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Dallas at Lebanon, 4 p.m. Central at Taft, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23 Cross-Country: Dallas at Mid-Willamette Conference Championships, Waterloo Park, Lebanon, TBA.-- Schedules Subject to Change

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10/23 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. -- Read to the Dog* Thursday, Oct. 24, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime (fire safety presentation)* Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. -- Read to the Dog* Tuesday, Oct. 29 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. -- Fall Fun Club (Pumpkin Pals)* Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. -- Local Author Book Discussion Group-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Call library for schedule of current events.-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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LA Stephens timeline

1908 -- Ford introduces the Model-T.1914 -- World War I begins.1920 -- Women given the right to vote in U.S.1929 -- U.S. stock market crashes.1939 -- World War II begins.1941 -- Pearl Harbor attacked.1953 -- DNA discovered. 1963 -- President Kennedy assassinated; Martin Luther King Jr. delivers &quot;I Have a Dream&quot; speech.1969 -- Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.1973 -- U.S. pulls out of Vietnam.1986 -- Space shuttle Challenger explodes.1990-1994 -- Apartheid ends in South Africa.2001 -- Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on U.S. 2012 -- President Barack Obama re-elected.

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Tuesday, October 15

 

County shares in HLS grant

POLK COUNTY -- Polk and Lincoln counties have been awarded a $75,000 joint grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase sophisticated surveillance equipment

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10/23 Community Notebook

*M-I Chamber to host bingo night*Pentacle Theatre to hold auditions*Polk 4-H to host Family Fun Night*Book discussion series will begin*Central Lions club selling poinsettias*WVH Connections van needs drivers*Pumpkin carving expo at Rick's*WVH book sale slated*Cancer support group to meet

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10/23 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

On these occasional days when we can celebrate the increasingly rare sun breaks by getting out for a good brisk walk around MI Town, it's great to saunter along through the colorful autumn leaves and remember how much fun it was to be a kid at this time of year. Somehow when raking those same leaves and trying to keep the sidewalks clear of wet and soggy clumps of twigs and branches, it becomes a necessary task and there's nothing fun about it. It all goes easier, though when there's a comfy chair beside the fireplace and a steaming cup of hot cider waiting for you when the job is done. A warm cat in your lap and a sweet dog at your side brings sunshine and happiness into your heart and home, no matter what the calendar says.---It's that time of year when &quot;people of a certain age&quot; -- including yours truly -- have the opportunity to review Medicare Advantage and Prescription Plans for 2014. We've spent a good deal of time reviewing plan costs, options and coverage available and it can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many plan booklets and cards arriving on almost a daily basis. Mark your calendar for Wednesday (Oct. 30) and bring your questions and concerns when Craig Parker, senior Medicare patrol coordinator for SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance, with the state of Oregon), will be at the Monmouth Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 am to help with open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Prescription plans and answer questions. Individual counseling will be available at this meeting.---If the founding fathers of Monmouth and Independence were to return to our communities, they would be both surprised and pleased to see so many positive changes that are going on. Buildings along our main streets are becoming more attractive -- and provide us with many needed services - almost on a weekly basis. Sidewalks are easier to navigate and our libraries are bright and welcoming to all of us. We have dog parks being developed and all kinds of activities available. Our communities have come a long, long way.---Positive commitment and service from MI Town's volunteers has enhanced our community so much. For the past several years, Marie Kristiansen and Diane Nordyke have given an extraordinary amount of their time and energy to raise money for the Monmouth Senior Center's building fund. As a frequent user of the center, I cannot say enough good things about their dedication and commitment to making our community a better place. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

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10/23 School Notes

*DHS Site Council seeking members*Whitworth to hold pumpkin contest*YAP choir needs more singers*AES needs clothing donations*Children's grief group to meet

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Monday, October 14

 

Dallas coffeehouse has new owners

DALLAS -- For Robert and Elissa Vanlandingham, the new owners of Courtyard Coffeehouse & Deli, it was all about establishing a deeper connection to their community.

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10/23 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, OCT. 23 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. FRIDAY, OCT. 25 * Polk County Health Advisory Board -- Noon, The Academy Building, Room 214, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-9289, ext. 2332. MONDAY, OCT. 28 * Dallas School Board/Dallas City Council Joint Meeting -- 5:30 p.m., Dallas School District office board room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-9664, ext. 2334.* 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, OCT. 29 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.

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Single-car accident claims life

BUENA VISTA -- A one-vehicle accident in the early morning hours of Oct. 16 on Wigrich Road near Buena Vista left a vehicle in flames and a 38-year-old Norwegian man dead.

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Friday, October 11



10/16 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* Patrick W. Lofton, 25, of Dallas in the 1100 block of Southeast Howe Street on Oct. 4 on a charge of initiating a false report.* Adrian D. Contreras, 30, of Independence in the 100 block of Southwest Court Street on Oct. 8 on charges of theft III and a Polk County warrant.* Dallas W. Hudnall, 21, of Dallas in the 500 block of East Ellendale Avenue on Oct. 8 on a Polk County warrant.* Rachael A. Keys, 28, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southwest Walnut Avenue on Oct. 8 on a Polk County warrant.* Arthur J. Reid, 66, of Dallas on East Ellendale Avenue on Oct. 8 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.* Pamela M. King, 68, of Dallas in the 400 block of Southeast Walnut Avenue on Oct. 9 on a probation violation warrant.* Cody J. Vergin-Osborn, 21, of Dallas in the 1300 block of Southeast Sheldon Street on Sunday on a warrant. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Aaron R. Arismendez, 19, of Independence in the 1300 block of F Street on Oct. 4 on a charge of minor in possession of alcohol.* Emerald A. Howard, 30, of Keizer in the 1800 block of Monmouth Street on Oct. 5 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering.* Delbert W. Sheldon, 71, of Independence in the 700 block of Marsh Street on Oct. 8 on charges of fourth degree assault, misdemeanor strangulation and interfering with making a police report.* Gail M. Scribner, 47, of Independence in the 1300 block of Monmouth Street on Oct. 10 on charges of second degree criminal trespassing. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Melanie Romero, 24, of Monmouth at Main Street East and Heffley Street North on Oct. 6 on charges of reckless driving and reckless endangering.* Frank A. Sherman II, 21, of Dallas in the 800 block of Stephanie Street North on Oct. 7 on charges of physical harassment and fourth degree assault.* Eric A. Brown, 33, of Monmouth at Ecols Street North and Powell Street East on Oct. 10 on charges of failure to carry/present operators license, driving while suspended/revoked and driving while uninsured.* Nikkolus A. Page, 26, of Independence at Main Street West and Whitman Street South on Oct. 10 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Jeana M. Torgerson, 33, of Monmouth in the 800 block of Stephanie Street North on Oct. 10 on a charge of physical harassment.* Hussain M. Alqallaf, 23, of Independence at Jackson Street East and Knox Street North on Oct. 11 on a charge of failure to carry/present operators license.* Avery H. Feathers, 19, of Lake Oswego in the 300 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Sunday on a charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

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WOU will dedicate renovated ITC facility

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's newly renovated computer science facilities will be named the Edward B. Wright Center for Computing Sciences after a $300,000 gift in Wright's honor.

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10/16 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, OCT. 16 * 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.* Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Center -- Noon to 3 p.m., 305 N. Main St., Falls City. Food box distribution. Held on third Wednesday of every month. 503-787-3833.* 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.* Diabetes Day-2-Day Support Group -- 3 to 4 p.m. West Valley Hospital (conference room immediately inside the main entrance), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Topic: &quot;Diabetes and Depression.&quot; 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, OCT. 17 * Dallas Lions Club -- 11:30 a.m., Hong Kong Restaurant, 325 Main St., Dallas. Everyone welcome. 503-931-9860.* 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.* 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, OCT. 18 * Dallas Senior Center Bingo -- 6:30 p.m., Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Bingo cards are $1 each or six for $5; must be 18 or older to attend. 503-623-8554.* 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.* The Dunwells -- Smith Fine Arts Series -- 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Tickets: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11. 503-838-8333. SATURDAY, OCT. 19 * 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.* Guthrie Park Gospel Music Jam -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.* America's Greatest Game Shows -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Hosted by Bob Eubanks. Tickets: $10-$15; 21 and older only. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, OCT. 20 * 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, OCT. 21 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.* Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon -- 11:30 a.m., Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Cost: $12. 503-623-2564. TUESDAY, OCT. 22 * 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, OCT. 23 * 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.* 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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10/16 Letters to the Editor

*Criminal justice cutbacks must end*Vote 'yes' for vital county functions*Local communities stand bahind vets*Levy would help restore service*Dallas City Council supports Polk levy*Seniors would be hit hard by tax levy*Show your support for all public safety*Levy money will go to public safety*Fire district needs support of measure*County measure is a responsible plan*Vote 'yes' to help assure fire service*Residents can't afford county levy

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Dallas facade grant program expands

DALLAS -- A program meant to help business and building owners in the 800 and 900 blocks of Main Street spruce up the outside of their shops will now have a wider reach.

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Thursday, October 10



10/16 News in Brief

*Rural zoning discussion scheduled*Weiss added to Salem Health board*Joint replacement seminar offered

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10/16 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Bible Study group that began meeting in each other's homes in the early 1970s will have a gathering in the Pedee Church basement on Oct. 25 to celebrate the life of Violet Wendler, who died this summer at the age of 92.Everyone is welcome to attend. They will begin meeting at 11 a.m., with a potluck salad luncheon at noon. Bring photographs and stories to share of &quot;the good old days,&quot; and especially of &quot;Little Vi&quot; as she was affectionately called.For more information: Audrey Cameron, 503-551-5833.--Junior Lyday had a lengthy stay at Salem Hospital, but is now at the Independence Rehabilitation Center until he gets stronger. He loves visitors and cards, so email me at kovasha@gmail.com for his address if you'd like to visit or send a card. His grandson Shandley Hazelton and friend Shelly Tarvin have been staying with him after his wife, Pat, died.--Pedee Women's Club members were delighted to receive a package of 15 cashmere scarves from one of the recipients of the boxes of goodies they send to men and women stationed overseas.Tom Hall of Monmouth, who works for a contractor in Afghanistan, was thrilled to get a package, so he sent these gorgeous scarves. He is looking forward to being back in the U.S. in December.--Pedee Church has been gathering extra Bibles for the Bible Foundation to be distributed around the world. If you've got one at home that you don't need, drop it off at the church in the near future and they will send it on.If no one is there, you could probably leave it at the door and someone will pick it up shortly. If anyone steals it, they needed it.

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More good news for WOU program

MONMOUTH -- The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), one of seven centers that make up the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University, was awarded a five-year, $10.5 million grant to operate as the national hub for deaf-blind research.

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Fire chief candidates down to five

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas will get a close-up look at its final five fire chief candidates this week as it conducts a first round of interviews for the post.

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Woman in Polk jail in advance of sentencing

DALLAS -- Unusual circumstances surrounding the custodial interference case against Dallas resident Tara Wilson have gotten stranger, as she is now serving a sentence for a crime she hasn't yet been convicted of.

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Fair board wants your input on fairgrounds

DALLAS -- Have an idea for how the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center should use its recently purchased 16 acres of new land? Is there an event or show you would like to see come to the fairgrounds?

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Wednesday, October 9

  

10/16 Community Notebook

*Bible reading event set for Wednesday*Soup and pie sale slated for Thursday*Senior center set to hold bingo night*Polk County fire to host open house*Old Time Fiddlers slated to perform*Poker tournament on tap in Falls City*Cancer awareness event set Monday*Church plans youth harvest festival day

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10/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

How quickly these autumn days fly by. We are right in the middle of October, and already the advertisements for Thanksgiving and Christmas are beginning to make their presence known. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could enjoy holidays and celebrations at the moment without constant reminders of others?--Thursday is the Monmouth Senior Center's soup and pie luncheon, where homemade soups and pies from some of the best kitchens in MI Town can be enjoyed. Prices are $3 for a large bowl of soup and $2 for a slice of pie. Soup and pie will be served from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and then you'll have to wait until spring of next year for your next opportunity to enjoy this event. The senior center still has cookbooks for sale for $20, which will benefit the building fund.--After enjoying a hot bowl of soup and a slice of pie, what could be better than a good read? MI Town's Marilyn Morton and her book, &quot;Haunted Independence, Oregon,&quot; and Betty Plude's book about the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 are both for sale at the Independence Public Library. Proceeds from the sale of these books will benefit the Friends of the Independence Public Library. Mark Oct. 30 on your calendar for a discussion of &quot;Haunted Independence, Oregon&quot; at the library at 7:30 p.m. What a great way to get into a Halloween mood.--If you participated in Independence's Ghost Walk during the recent Hop & Heritage Festival -- or even if you didn't -- here's a chance to learn more about hauntings and other spooky happenings. Benjamin J. Kreger is the author of an adaptation of tales written in comic book form, titled &quot;Spirits of Independence -- A Ghost Walk Companion.&quot; This fun book is illustrated by Dexter Wee, Ben Hanson and Scott A. Story and is available for $5 at the Independence Heritage Museum or by contacting Marilyn Morton at 503-837-0700 or via email to marilyn@minetfiber.com.--Friends of the Monmouth Public Library are requesting donations of good, gently used books for its upcoming holiday sale. You may bring any books to the circulation desk and you may request a receipt for tax purposes if you wish. The sale dates have been set for Dec. 5 for members only, and Dec. 6-7 for the general public. If you'd like to join the Friends of the Monmouth Library, stop by the desk during library business hours.

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10/16 Correction

In a story headlined &quot;Classroom moves to woods,&quot; which appeared on Page 18A and continued onto Page 17A of the Oct. 9 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, the term &quot;whorl&quot; was misspelled as &quot;whirl&quot; in a quote. The quote should have read &quot;It's called a whorl.&quot; The I-O regrets the error.--

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10/16 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Whitworth jog-a-thon to take place*FC school group to hold fundraiser*DHS dance team plans youth camp*Movie night set Saturday at KVCS*KVCS accepting orders for wreaths

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10/16 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, OCT. 16 * MINET (Monmouth-Independence Network) Board of Directors -- 7 a.m., MINET central office, 405 N. Hogan Road, Monmouth. 503-837-0700. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. THURSDAY, OCT. 17 * Independence Parks and Rec Committee -- 6 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.* Polk County Fair Board -- 6:30 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-3048.* Monmouth Arts and Culture Commission Meeting -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. MONDAY, OCT. 21 * Dallas City Council -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.* Perrydale School Board -- 7 p.m., Perrydale School, 7445 Perrydale Road, Amity. 503-623-2040. TUESDAY, OCT. 22 * 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, OCT. 23 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.

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Schools get their grades

POLK COUNTY -- Results were mixed for Polk County schools as the Oregon Department of Education released its revamped 2012-13 school report cards last week.

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New hires made in WOU athletic department

Western Oregon University recently announced the addition of two members to its athletics department staff, as Kevin Mahoney and Kenny Slough have joined the department in administrative capacities.

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Sports Schedule 10/9 - 10/16

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9 Volleyball: Perrydale at St. Paul, 5:30 p.m. West Albany at Dallas, 6 p.m. Girls Soccer: Dayton at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 10 Football: Dallas at West Albany, 7 p.m. Central at Taft, 7 p.m. Falls City at Jewell, 7 p.m. Volleyball: Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Girls Soccer: Dallas at Crescent Valley, 4 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Saint Martin's, TBA. SATURDAY, OCT. 12 Football: Humboldt State at Western Oregon), 1 p.m. Volleyball: Western Washington at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Northwest Nazarene, noon. Cross-Country: Western Oregon at Pacific Lutheran Invitational, Tacoma, Wash., 10 a.m. Dallas at Adidas XC Classic, Willamette Mission State Park, Portland, 11:30 a.m. MONDAY, OCT. 14 Volleyball: Falls City at Jewell, 5:30 p.m. C.S. Lewis at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Western Mennonite/Perrydale at Gervais, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 15 Volleyball: Crosshill Christian at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Perrydale at Jewell, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Corvallis, 6 p.m. Taft at Central, 6:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Dallas at Woodburn, 4 p.m. Central at Philomath, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Woodburn at Dallas, 4 p.m. Philomath at Central, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16 Cross-Country: Central at Elmira Invitational, 3:30 p.m. Woodburn, Lebanon, Corvallis at Dallas, TBA.-- Schedules Subject to Change

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10/16 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Oct. 17, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. -- Read to the Dog* Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. -- Read to the Dog-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. -- Read to the Dog* Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. -- Teen Cooking Club* Tuesday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m. -- Fall Fun Club (Book Bingo)* Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Call library for a schedule of events.-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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Tuesday, October 8



10/16 OBITUARIES

*James 'Darrell' Elliott*Billy Joe Sisson*Santiago 'Jimmy' Duran*Tristan J. Hartford*Wayne Rodgers White*Norman LeRoy Prouty*Vernon D. Henderson*Dale E. Schrag

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Dallas council backs county levy

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council is officially behind Polk County's public safety levy, voting Monday night to issue a letter stating its support.

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Monday, October 7



Students are priority No. 1

MONMOUTH -- College campuses tend to be ghost towns during summer break; empty hallways, vacant parking lots and desolate classrooms replace the nonstop buzz of fall, winter and spring.

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Graffiti vandal sentenced after guilty

DALLAS -- Austen Priest, aka the &quot;A-Bomber,&quot; who vandalized several locations in the Independence area with his own brand of graffiti, pleaded guilty last week to 16 counts of second-degree criminal mischief.

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Fire destroys school

RICKREALL -- Eola Hills Charter School students gathered for a group photo at the end of the day Monday at their temporary location in McMinnville's Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Friday, October 4



10/9 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, OCT. 9 * 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., Murphy's Grill (banquet room), 288 E. Ellendale Ave., Dallas. 503-623-9680, ext. 108. * Monmouth Park and Recreation Board -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. THURSDAY, OCT. 10 * Luckiamute Watershed Council -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-837-0237.* Falls City City Council -- 7:30 p.m., Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3631. TUESDAY, OCT. 15 * 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, OCT. 16 * MINET (Monmouth-Independence Network) Board of Directors -- 7 a.m., MINET central office, 405 N. Hogan Road, Monmouth. 503-837-0700. * Monmouth Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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'Shutdown:' Minimal effect

POLK COUNTY -- It's most commonly called a &quot;partial federal government shutdown.&quot; Others prefer to call it a &quot;government slim down.&quot;

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10/9 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Bert and Doris Bodin enjoyed their 25th anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii for 10 days in September.They left from Vancouver, British Columbia, then spent time in Hilo and Kona on the Big Island, then were in Maui two days and on to Honolulu, where they caught the plane back to Vancouver. After getting back to Vancouver, they spent Sept. 24 there, which was their actual anniversary day, before driving back to Pedee.They got great pictures of gorgeous flowers and foliage at the botanical gardens in Hilo, so ask to see them.--Former neighbor Sharon Ketchum has joined the Cabi clothing company as a home consultant and drove down from her home in Colville, Wash., to present a trunk show at Judy Guida's on Sept. 28. Several neighbors came and got to try on Cabi's beautiful fall and winter line of clothing.--The Pedee Women's Club is finishing up its candy-making for its Holiday Fair in November. The group received good help from Pam Dalton of Dallas, her sister Linda Chertudi and daughter Carrie James. Both Linda and Carrie again live in Pedee, where they all grew up. The club still packs boxes for overseas soldiers and would love donations or help in packing boxes, which occurs on the third Wednesday of the month. The Women's Club has always been known for its quilting, but now people come to work on other projects or just visit, so if you haven't joined because you don't quilt or sew, you are welcome to come just because. It's a great way to meet the neighbors.--Pedee Church has a new women's group that meets twice a month. It welcomes new members, so contact Heidi Russell at 503-838-2129 for more information. The church will host a harvest party on Oct. 26, so watch for more details.--Corrections: In last week's Pedee News I wrote that Connie Ames was Dorothy McBeth's niece. Wrong. She is Dorothy's daughter-in-law, and really like a daughter, Dorothy says. I also goofed in another column, calling Gary Quiring &quot;Jerry.&quot; Sorry, Gary.

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10/9 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 E. Reynolds, 30, of Salem in the 200 block of Southeast Dimick Street on Sept. 20 on a charge of sex abuse II.* Charles F. Anderson, 64, of Dallas on Southwest Fairview Avenue on Sept. 25 on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license.* Sheila C. Raymond-Lodestein, 54, of Dallas on Southwest Fairview Avenue on Sept. 30 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Gabriel M. Foss-Vigil, 27, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southeast LaCreole Drive on Oct. 2 on charges of criminal trespassing II and unlawful possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. * Tasha Heagle, 27, of Gresham in the 1000 block of Southwest Levens Street on Thursday on a charge of prostitution and a warrant.* Angel M. Richards, 37, of Dallas on West Ellendale Avenue on Thursday on a charge of attempted unlawful possession of methamphetamine.* Brandon R. Young, 30, of Dallas on West Ellendale Avenue on Thursday on charges of attempted unlawful possession of methamphetamine, providing false information to a police officer and two warrants.* Cody S. Thomas, 20, of Dallas at Safeway, 138 W. Ellendale Ave., on Friday on a charge of theft III.* Daymn P. Reynolds, 18, of Salem in the 500 block of East Ellendale on Saturday on a charge of assault IV. * Bradley A. Blair, 28, of Dallas in the 400 block of Northeast Bovard Avenue on Monday on charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, assault IV and reckless endangering. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Everett W. Kintz, 21, of Salem at Riverview Park, 50 C St., on Saturday on a failure to appear warrant. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Dennis D. Kisilev, 21, of Vancouver, Wash. in the 400 block of Madrona Street East on Sept. 29 on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana.* Mario Rodriguez Trujillo, 22, of Independence in the 100 block of Main Street West on Sept. 29 on a charge of second degree theft, and also in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue South on Sunday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering.* Elizabeth V. Gourley, 31, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Maria Avenue West on Sept. 30 on a parole violation.* Yaqoub A. Alshuwaikhat, 23, of Monmouth at Clay Street East and Pacific Highway South on Oct. 1 on charges of failure to return a suspended/revoked/canceled license, driving while suspended/revoked and driving while uninsured.* Randall E. Ritter, 59, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Jackson Street East on Oct. 2 on a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.* Christopher D. Altermatt, 29, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue South on Friday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangering and driving while suspended/revoked.* David Crouch, 34, of Monmouth in the 1300 block of North 16th Street on Friday on charges of fourth degree assault and misdemeanor strangulation.* Jose A. Carbajal, 25, of Salem in the 200 block of Jackson Street East on Saturday on a charge of prohibited exposure.* Frank J. Vanderburg, 62, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Main Street West on Saturday on charges of second degree aggravated assault and second degree disorderly conduct.

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10/9 Letters to the Editor

*Politicians forget average citizens*Dairy Queen helped make event a hit*Democrats playing 'politial games'*Local school supply drive was a success*Levy would raise taxes too much*Al Jazeera network bad choice to air*Law enforcement deserves funding*No more money to give; vote 'no'*Musical program was a joy to hear*Handicapped spots for those in need*Restore service by voitng 'yes'

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Thursday, October 3

   

Cougar sighted near Dallas

DALLAS -- The Dallas Police Department has received two reports of cougars in the area around Southeast Fir Villa Road in the past week.

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10/9 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I was pleased to officiate at a recent wedding in Corvallis and see a beautiful wedding cake from Ovenbird Bakery in Independence.What fun to visit with Kathy Schaub and share our summertime stories and activities while enjoying a lovely afternoon.Even the showers couldn't dampen the fun we all shared on this special day.--Many of us have settled into the regular routines of the season, clearing out the garden spaces and -- on those rare sunny days -- raking up leaves and cones from fir and pine trees.Now is also a good time to get back to cleaning up the garage and clearing the shed of unwanted hazardous chemicals, old latex/oil-based paints, poisons, caustic cleaners and other items.On Saturday, households can drop off these items between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Riverview Park in Independence. There is no charge for this service, which is being coordinated by Polk County, Independence, Monmouth and Salem. If you are a business or have a farm and are dropping off large quantities of material, there will be a small fee for this service. Farms and businesses only, preregister by calling 1-253-288-2813.Ammunition, explosives, radioactive or biological material will not be accepted.--With all of the political issues in our nation's capitol, we've also seen some pretty nasty and downright untruthful emails -- from both political parties -- and it's a shame that people who have been elected to serve all of their constituents are manipulated by a small percentage of voters.The politics of hate and fear should never be welcome in MI Town or anywhere else, and malicious rumors at best should be ignored and not passed on as facts.--For most of us, the world of economics is far away from our daily lives (I took one economics course in college and that was enough for me), but things happening in Washington, D.C., are definitely affecting everyone.During these times, we need to be mindful of our friends and neighbors who could use some extra help -- we could share something from our cupboards or freezers, good and serviceable clothing our children have grown out of, or a smile and a cup of coffee on a cold and rainy day.These times are not easy for our local merchants and restaurants, with payrolls to meet and rent to pay, and these are our friends and neighbors, too.It's just a good time to spend our money where our town is and realize that we're all in this together.

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Wednesday, October 2



10/9 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, OCT. 9 * 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.* Polk County Republican Women -- 11:30 a.m., Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence. No-host lunch available. 503-623-5759.* Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Forum -- Noon, Henry Hill Educational Support Center, 750 Fifth St. S, Independence. Lunch cost: $7. 503-838-4268.* 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 waiting area), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. 503-623-7323.* 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. THURSDAY, OCT. 10 * Polk County Public Health Flu Shot Clinic -- 10:30 a.m. to noon, Polk County Courthouse, First Floor Conference Room, 850 Main St., Dallas. Flu immunization cost is $21. 503-623-8176.* Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club -- Noon, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1505 Monmouth St., Independence. Lunch cost: $8; guests welcome. 503-838-4884.* &quot;Mom and Me&quot; Breastfeeding Support Group -- 1 to 2:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Free. 503-623-7323.* 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. FRIDAY, OCT. 11 * Arc of Polk County Dance and Karaoke -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Academy Building gym, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. For persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Admission: $3 (staff and parents are free). 503-949-5552.* 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, OCT. 12 * 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.* Wagon Wheel Doller's Doll Show and Sale -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: $3; children 5 and under, free. 503-581-1206.* Monmouth Vendor and Craft Market -- Noon to 6 p.m., Old Fire Hall Building, 152 Warren St. N., Monmouth. 503-779-3062.* Guthrie Park Country Square Dance -- 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Admission: $5 per person; $15 immediate family rate; children 12 and under free. 503-623-0809. SUNDAY, OCT. 13 * Buell Grange Second Sunday Breakfast -- 8 to 11 a.m., Buell Grange Hall, 5970 Mill Creek Road, Sheridan. Cost: $6. 503-623-8462.* 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, OCT. 14 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, OCT. 15 * 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, OCT. 16 * 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.* Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Center -- Noon to 3 p.m., 305 N. Main St., Falls City. Food box distribution. Held on third Wednesday of every month. 503-787-3833.* 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.* Diabetes Day-2-Day Support Group -- 3 to 4 p.m. West Valley Hospital (conference room immediately inside the main entrance), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Topic: &quot;Diabetes and Depression.&quot; 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.

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10/9 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m. -- Read to the Dog* Thursday, Oct. 10, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. -- Hobby Day (Paper Creations)* Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. -- LEGO Your Saturday* Tuesday, Oct. 15, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. -- Book Signing (Marilyn Morton, &quot;Haunted Independence, Oregon&quot;)* Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. -- Fall Fun Club (LEGO Fun)* Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. -- Book Club Discussion Group -- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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10/2 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With a simple turn of the calendar page, it's a new month and a new season. No matter how much we want to cling to summer's last remnants, fall is here in all her glory and we'll have to depend upon the photographs and souvenirs to remind us of those endless days of summer warmth and sunshine as we welcome cool mornings and crisp evenings to MI Town.--What fun to see the new faces on campus and in our communities as we welcome students back for another year at Western Oregon University.--It seems as if every year the Hop & Heritage Festival just keeps getting better than the last -- and thanks to this year's festival guide, Section C of last week's I-O -- we all had the opportunity to review all the activities before leaving home.Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers who spent many hours sharing thoughts and ideas, as well as doing the heavy lifting so that all of us could really enjoy this special weekend.The book sale at the old Independence Library is always a wonderful event for those of us who can never read enough books -- for ourselves or for gifts to friends. A barbecue dinner sponsored by the Independence Elks on Friday, prior to the Ghost Walk, and the Saturday breakfast at the air park helped give us the energy needed to fully enjoy all there was to offer.Let's all try to support our local businesses and organizations as much as we can so this annual event can continue for years to come.--Mark your calendars for Saturday, when the next monthly community breakfast is scheduled from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center. Friendly faces and happy cooks serve a hearty breakfast consisting of sausage, eggs, pancakes, and biscuits and gravy on the first Saturday of every month. The price is $6 for adults and children over 12, and $3 for children younger than 12. It's a great way to begin a Saturday for busy people of all ages and a chance to visit with old and new acquaintances.--One of the highlights of fall in MI Town is the Soup and Pie Sale at the Monmouth Senior Center. This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., with delicious homemade soups (vegetable beef, chicken noodle, clam chowder and salmon corn chowder) and a variety of great homemade pies on the menu. Prices are $3 for a large bowl of soup and $2 for a slice of pie. After lunch, be sure to stop in at Crafter's Cottage, which features handmade items for sale at reasonable prices.

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Tuesday, October 1

 

10/9 Community Notebook

*Exhibit reception slated at Western*Book signing will happen Thursday*Bambinos benefit is scheduled Friday*Doll show, sale set for Saturday*Free coat giveaway planned at church*PCHS sets annual apple cider festival*Square dance set for Saturday night*Book sale will help programs at library*Church will host concert on Sunday*Poker tournament slated in Falls City*Water color artist featured at library

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10/9 Correction

A photograph cutline that accompanied the story headlined &quot;Accident has Dallas family in need of a helping hand,&quot; which appeared on Page 5A of the Oct. 2 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, contained a wrong date. The accident occurred on Aug. 24. The I-O regrets the error.

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10/2 Community Notebook

*Yoga class begins Friday at KVCS*Bowling benefit for Special Olympics set*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Animals to receive blessing at church*Mission fair set at Faith Lutheran*Writing workshop reunion scheduled*Seminar topic will be Social Security*Pentacle to stage its next production*Exhibit reception slated at Western

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10/9 School Notes / Academic Honors

*Perrydale slates Thursday events*Western to hold campus visitation*DHS dance team plans youth camp*State superintendent to visit Dallas*Local students win essay contest

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Central falls to Philomath 10-7

A stout defensive effort from the Panthers football team wasn't able to hold off Ben DeSaulnier and the No. 1 Philomath Warriors as they were victorious 10-7 over Central.

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10/9 OBITUARIES

*David Lonzo Brown Jr.*Faye L. Miller*Carol Jean Sedore*Charles E. Shier*Billy Joe Sisson

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Polk Republicans to meet

DALLAS -- The Polk County Republican Party will hold its next meeting Monday at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (use Jefferson Street entrance to the building).

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10/9 Business Notebook

*New clothing store set to open in Independence*Local real estate office under new ownership*MBA to host fundraiser for its scholarship fund*Independence business earns state recognition*Local nonprofits ranked among the best to work for

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County gearing up for flu shot clinics

POLK COUNTY -- The flu season is quickly approaching and with it the Polk County Public Health Department is again sponsoring seasonal flu immunization clinics that begin this week.

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Correction

In a story headlined &quot;McBeth sets school record, West runs fastest time since '85,&quot; which appeared on Page 15A of the Sept. 25 issue of the Itemizer-Observer sports section, incorrect information was reported. Zane West ran the fastest time since 1988, when Michael Murphy ran a 15:51. The error was due to incorrect information provided to the newspaper.

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Poll: Public safety levy gains support

DALLAS -- Results from a poll of Polk County voters released Sunday indicates that nearly 60 percent of those surveyed support the county's public safety levy -- Measure 27-109 -- that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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