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.