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Monday, September 30



10/2 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. 2 * 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. MONDAY, OCT. 7 * 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, OCT. 8 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Dallas Planning Commission -- 7 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.* Kings Valley Charter School Board -- 7 p.m., Kings Valley Charter School, 38840 Kings Valley Highway, Kings Valley. 541-929-2134.* Independence City Council -- 7:30 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212. 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. * Monmouth Park and Recreation Board -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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10/2 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Thirteen members of Dorothy McBeth's family surprised her on her birthday Sept. 20 by bringing dinner to her home -- the kind of surprise she likes.Sons Darrel and his wife Shirley and Sam with Terry Proctor, and daughter Sandy Quiring with her husband Gary and daughter Kimber all came, as well as grandson Bob McBeth and his wife Abby. Niece Connie Ames and her daughter Ren‚ and son Denny and his wife Laura were also there, making Dorothy's mobile home very full in the best way possible.--The Pedee Women's Club also celebrated Dorothy McBeth's birthday with a cake and flowers on Sept. 25. The group has also started making candy for its Nov. 9 Holiday Fair. Many people come to the fair just to buy the candy, but also enjoy a lunch of homemade soups and pies.--James and Jenny Mellein invited friends over for a potluck on Sept. 21 to honor Jenny and Daniel and Heidi Russell, who all have birthdays within three days of each other. It was a rainy day, so outdoor plans had to be scrapped in favor of visiting inside.--September must have been birthday month in Pedee because Mick and Debbie Cochrane also had a birthday party, this one for their 26-year-old son, Cole, at the Ram in Salem. Grandparents Ted and Ethelene Osgood and Cole's sister, Paige, attended, as well as extended family from Salem. This party is a tradition with the family and a good time for all to get together.--Yes, we in Pedee like to party. Jerry Mentzer hosted a housewarming party for Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger at their home on Pedee Creek Road. Immediate neighbors were invited to the barbecue and potluck on Sept. 21 to get a tour of this innovative house. Bob and Lynda's first house burned to the ground on April 15, 2012, so they spent the next 12 months building their new one.

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Friday, September 27



WOU unveils science center

MONMOUTH -- The largest single gift to Western Oregon University in its 157-year history was fully realized Sept. 24 with the opening of the DeVolder Family Science Center.

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School enrollment trends upward

POLK COUNTY -- School enrollment for districts in Polk County appears to be up or holding steady after the first four weeks of the 2013-14 school year.

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10/2 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. 2 * 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. 3 * Dallas Lions Club -- 11:30 a.m., Hong Kong Restaurant, 325 Main St., Dallas. 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. FRIDAY, OCT. 4 * 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.* Hot Club of San Francisco -- 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.* Arrival From Sweden in concert -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Tribute band performs the music of ABBA. Tickets: $15 and up; 16 and older only. 1-800-760-7977. SATURDAY, OCT. 5 * Rickreall Grange Flea Market -- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-8289.* 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.* Arrival From Sweden in concert -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Tribute band performs the music of ABBA. Tickets: $15 and up; 16 and older only. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, OCT. 6 * Rickreall Grange Flea Market -- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall, 280 Main St. (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-8289.* 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, OCT. 7 * 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. Andy Anderson and Mary DeCanter will speak on "Flying the Oregon Trail." Refreshments. Free; open to the public. 503-838-1630.* Dallas High School Booster Club -- 7 p.m., Dallas High School library, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. dhsboosters2010@gmail.com. TUESDAY, OCT. 8 * Family Caregiver Support Group -- 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital, 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, 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 admitting 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.

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Passenger dies while in car

GRAND RONDE -- Oregon State Police and the Polk County Medical Examiner are continuing the investigation into the apparent natural cause death of an elderly woman Sept. 25 who was a passenger in a vehicle traveling along Highway 18 in the Grand Ronde area.

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Sports Schedule 10/2-10/8

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 Cross-Country: Dallas at Silverton, Willamette Mission Park, 4 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 3 Volleyball: Perrydale at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Crescent Valley, 6 p.m. Central at Philomath, 6:30 p.m. Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage, 8 p.m. Boys Soccer: Crescent Valley at Dallas, 4 p.m. Stayton at Central, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Central at Stayton, 4 p.m. Blanchet at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Crescent Valley, 6 p.m. Women's Soccer: Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 3:30 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 4 Football: Dallas at Woodburn, 7 p.m. Cascade at Central, 7 p.m. Alsea at Falls City, 7 p.m. Jewell at Perrydale, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 5 Football: Azusa Pacific at Western Oregon, 1 p.m. Volleyball: Dallas at North Salem Tournament, 8 a.m. Central at Junction City Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Western Oregon at Alaska Fairbanks, 8 p.m.Women's Soccer: Montana State Billings at Western Oregon, 11 a.m. Cross-Country: Western Oregon at Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational, Salem, 9:30 a.m. Dallas at Harrier Classic, Albany, 9:30 a.m. Central at Paul Meriman Invitational, Philomath, 2 p.m. MONDAY, OCT. 7 Volleyball: Country Christian at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Perrydale at Crosshill Christian, 5:30 p.m. South Albany at Dallas, 6 p.m. Girls Soccer: Western Mennonite/Perrydale at Amity, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 8 Volleyball: Falls City at Willamette Valley Christian, 5:30 p.m. Central at Cascade, 6:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Dallas at West Albany, 4 p.m. Central at Newport, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: West Albany at Dallas, 4 p.m. Newport at Central, 4 p.m.- Schedules Subject to Change

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10/2 OBITUARIES

*Ronald B. McLain*Geraldine J. Benedict*Devin L. Cavan*Veryl D. Fitch*Charles Ray Tarter*Jean Ann Wimer*Sharon Ellen Carter

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10/2 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* Renee L. Locke, 33, of Dallas on Southeast Hankel Street on Sept. 17 on a charge of felony assault IV.* Alvino J. Benavidez, 30, of Vancouver, Wash., in the 200 of Orchard Drive on Sept. 17 on a charge of promoting prostitution.* Heather M. Casillas, 28, of Milwaukie in the 200 block of Orchard Drive on Sept. 17 on charges of prostitution and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.* Joshua J. Dewitt, 33, of Battle Ground, Wash., in the 200 of Orchard Drive on Sept. 17 on a charge of promoting prostitution.* Nicole R. Hight, 30, of Dallas in the 500 block of Southeast Washington Street on Sept. 21 on charges of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.* Charles F. Anderson, 64, of Dallas on Southwest Fairview Avenue on Sept. 25 on a charge of driving while suspended. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* James P. Dale, 24, of Monmouth at Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., on Sept. 19 on a failure to appear warrant.* Michael E. Edwards, 21, of Independence at Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., on Sept. 22 on a failure to appear warrant.* Cammie M. Bardy, 18, of Monmouth in the 1500 block of Monmouth Street on Sept. 23 on charges of second degree disorderly conduct and physical harassment.* Oscar O. Rodriguez Olivares, 45, of Independence at Spruce Avenue and Hemlock Loop on Sept. 27 on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Adrian J. Ulery, 35, of Independence in the 400 block of Main Street East on Sept. 21 on charges of second degree disorderly conduct and consumption and open containers prohibited.* Kirshanna S. Jaramillo, 26, of Salem in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Sept. 22 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Robin E. Lee, 43, of Independence in the 300 block of Evergreen Drive on Sept. 23 on a charge of fourth degree assault.* Tyler M. Flores, 21, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 24 on a failure to appear warrant.* Angelo X. Helser, 22, of Independence at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 24 on a failure to appear warrant.* Esther J. Bruce, 19, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Southgate Drive South on Sept. 25 on a charge of minor in possession of alcohol.

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Timber payments get one-year reprieve

POLK COUNTY -- A one-year extension of the federal timber payment program Secure Rural Schools (SRS) is just President Obama's signature away from becoming law.

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An evening on the Dragons volleyball roller coaster

There was a palpable excitement in the air when senior outside hitter Kiley Barcroft capped the first set with a kill and an ace against Lebanon Thursday evening - bringing the Dragons back from a 20-22 deficit to win 25-23.

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WOU roundup: Wolves football wins big on the road

Be it the elements, the stout Western Oregon defense or some combination of the two, the Western Oregon football team was able to travel to Burnaby and hold NCAA Division II's seventh best passing offense to just 205 yards in its 30-9 win on Saturday.

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Local man facing additional charges

DALLAS -- The Monmouth man charged with 16 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in May now faces an additional 10 counts of other child sex abuse related charges.

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Tuesday, September 24



Dallas seeking fire, police chiefs

DALLAS -- The city of Dallas has named Deputy Chief of Police Tom Simpson as interim police chief after the departure of former chief John Teague in mid-September.

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10/2 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Oct. 3, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Thursday, Oct. 3, noon -- Book Discussion Group ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey)* Tuesday, Oct. 8, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Monday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. -- Write It Yourself Workshop Reunion with Betty Plude* Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming programs and events-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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Western preparing for possible strike

MONMOUTH -- A last-ditch effort to avoid a strike across the Oregon University System will take place Wednesday (today) during a bargaining session between Service Employees International Union Local 503 staff members and OUS administrators.

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Sports schedule 9/25-10/1

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Volleyball: St. Paul at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Concordia at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Mid-Willamette Conference Preview, Cheadle Lake Park, Lebanon, 2:30 p.m. THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 Volleyball: Falls City at C.S. Lewis, 5:30 p.m. Lebanon at Dallas, 6 p.m. Stayton at Central, 6:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Cascade at Central, 4 p.m. Dallas at Milwaukie, 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Central at Cascade, 4 p.m. Western Mennonite/Perrydale at Creswell, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Glencoe, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Western Washington, 3 p.m. Cross-Country: Central at Harrier's Challenge, Cottage Grove, 4 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 Football: Crescent Valley at Dallas, 7 p.m. Philomath at Central, 7 p.m. Portland Lutheran at Falls City, 7 p.m. King's Way Christian (Wash.) at Perrydale, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 Football: Western Oregon at Simon Fraser, 12:30 p.m. Volleyball: Western Oregon at Saint Martin's, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer: Central at Bend, noon. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Simon Fraser, 5 p.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 30 Girls Soccer: Jefferson at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, OCT. 1 Volleyball: Veritas at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Livingstone Adventist Academy at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Silverton, 6 p.m. Central at Newport, 6:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Central at Taft, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Taft at Central, 4 p.m.-Schedules Subject to Change

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Perrydale booster auction set for Saturday

The Perrydale Athletic Booster Club promises good food and fun at the Polk County Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building on Saturday night as they raise money for Pirates athletic programs.

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Monday, September 23



9/25 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, SEPT. 25 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173. TUESDAY, OCT. 1 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.* Polk Extension Service District Board -- 4 p.m., Polk County OSU Extension Service office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas. 503-623-8395.* 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, OCT. 2 * 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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Art piece added to Western

MONMOUTH -- With its towering sequoia and fir trees and ample greenspace, Western Oregon University has always been known for its natural beauty.

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9/25 OBITUARIES

*Margaret 'Sue' Sele-Savely*Angelina Loza*Wendell E. 'Pete' Dyer*Carol Jean Settlemier Adkisson*Walter Nielson White*John Loyal Conn*Devin L. Cavan

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Friday, September 20



9/25 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Steve and Audrey Cameron enjoyed a weekend at the coast to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They explored the beaches at Yachats and Florence, and had a great breakfast at the floating restaurant up the Alsea River. They appreciate their wonderful neighbor, Linda Smith, who did the chores for them while they were gone.--The Cameron family also had a family gathering in Hillsboro to celebrate the birthdays of Natasha Cameron, 13, and Caitlin Cameron-Kelley, who is 22. They ate at Izzy's and then played in Shute Park until the sun went down.Joining them were cousin Jack Marincovich Jr. from Lake Oswego, and great aunt and uncle Jack Marincovich Sr. and Georgia Marincovich from Astoria.Four-year-old Eliana Cameron left her favorite toy, Eebee, on a bench in the park. Her mom drove back in the dark and found the toy sitting there waiting. It was a happy ending to a sad story and shows how good people are not to take a child's toy.--Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger took a weeklong cruise to Alaska with Holland America to celebrate their 43 years of marriage the week of Sept. 11. The ship went up the Tracy Arm Fjord to view the Sawyer Glacier as it calved. They had amazing close-up views of many humpback whales as the cruise ship passed through a pod on the journey. This is their fourth cruise to Alaska. They have also traveled the entire length of the Alcan Highway on a previous camping trip years ago.--June Clark was delighted her granddaughter, and mom Betty Forry's great granddaughter, Britni Weiss, was able to visit them on her way back to Southern Oregon University. Patrick Clark, her uncle, was also able to be here for a short visit, and showed Britni some of their latest "improvements" to the property.

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Are you registered to vote?

A reminder that Tuesday, Oct. 15, is the last day to register to vote for the November election in Oregon. Registration cards that are postmarked by this date or submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15 are valid registrations for the November general election, according to the secretary of state's office.

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9/25 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

My friend, Beverly White, was on a tour bus in New York City recently and saw a Jumbotron billboard in Times Square featuring the Western Oregon University-Central Washington University women's softball game where WOU's Sara Tucholsky hit her first home run before collapsing on the field with a torn ligament injury just after she'd touched first base.Two CWU players, Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace, carried Tucholsky around the bases, so she would be credited with the home run on April 26, 2008.What fun to remember that wonderful game -- and the lessons in true sportsmanship that we'll long remember.--Main Street and Cherry Lane parks in Monmouth, as well as Mountain Fir Park in Independence, are looking really good these days, thanks to an amazing group of volunteers who spent Sept. 14 spreading bark dust, clearing brush and planting flowers and shrubs.Aaron Shinkle coordinated the activity, with more than 230 volunteers, including members of the Monmouth LDS Church, Central High School football team and Polk County Master Gardeners.In addition to all their hard work, volunteers also collected 4,600 pounds of food for the Ella Curran Food Bank in Independence.Mark Landau from the Monmouth Public Works Department said that everyone did a "phenomenal job," and that without the help of so many hardworking people, this could not have been accomplished.It's great to know that there are so many folks in MI Town who can do good things to brighten our communities and step in to do the heavy lifting where it's needed.--The Independence Hop & Heritage Festival is scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday with all kinds of fun activities and events that encompass everything from a homebrew competition to pie-eating contests, a dance competition and the ever-popular Ghost Walk. Enjoy breakfast at the airport and a barbecue dinner at the Elks -- and so many events in between. We'll see you there.--Fall brings all kinds of good things to us -- crispy apples fresh from the trees, comfortable cool mornings and evenings and football games. It's also the season when we need to remember to get our flu shots, which help keep us from getting that nasty bug this winter. Representatives from the Polk County Health Department will be at the Monmouth Senior Center on Oct. 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to administer flu shots. For more information: 503-623-8175.--WOU's homecoming celebration is just around the corner, with activities beginning Oct. 7 with the second annual Fundie Run, followed by a Bonfire Kickoff. Activities continue through Oct. 12, with the WOU-Humboldt State football game. For more information: Student Organization and Activities coordinator, 503-838-8514.

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9/25 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* Rachael A. Keys, 27, of Dallas in the 1200 block of Southeast Lyle Street on Aug. 18 on charges of theft III and identity theft. * Sheri A. Bonogofski, 27, of Salem in the 200 block of Southeast Uglow Avenue on Aug. 30 on charges of felony computer crime, theft III, forgery II and falsifying business records.* Sharon K. Purl, 19, of Monmouth in the 100 block of West Ellendale Avenue on Friday on a charge of providing false information to a police officer and a probation violation.* Tyler A. Flores, 21, of Salem in 700 block of Southeast Deschutes Drive on Thursday on two counts of identity theft and one count of theft III. He was also charged with four counts of identity theft and one count each of unlawful entry into a vehicle and theft III in an earlier incident.* Deborah S. Kennedy, 50, at the corner of Main and Court streets on Thursday on a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Devin M. B. Adkins, 19, transient in the 1400 block of Monmouth Street on Sept. 12 on a charge of third degree theft.* Cameron T. Cook, 19, of Independence, Stockton M. Crowley, 19, of Monmouth, Jesse G. Diamond, 20, of Corvallis, Phillip A. Fenumiai, 19, of Juneau, Alaska, and Tyler D. Johnson, 18, of Monmouth in the 600 block of Jasmine Circle on Sept. 15 each on charges of minor in possession of alcoholic liquor.* Stephanie M. Garnet, 29, of Independence in the 1300 block of Monmouth Street on Sept. 15 on a charge of second degree criminal trespass. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Angela L. Trinidad, 32, of Monmouth at Powell Street East and Ecols Street North on Sept. 14 on charges of failure to return suspended/revoked/canceled license and driving while suspended/revoked.* Heather N. Zondervan, 24, of Independence in the 200 block of Pacific Highway North on Sept. 15 on a charge of failure to carry/present operators license.* Joseph F. Swearingen Jr., 50, of Dallas at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 16 on a failure to appear warrant.* Hannah C. Towle, 20, of Monmouth at Catron Street North and Powell Street East on Sept. 17 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and unlawful possession of marijuana.* Jamie J.J. Hagar, 19, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Clay Street West on Sept. 18 on a charge of third degree criminal mischief.* Matthew G. Vick, 32, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Atwater Street South on Sept. 18 on a charge of second degree child neglect.* Hashim Alsadah, 19, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 19 on a contempt of court warrant.

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Thursday, September 19



9/25 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, SEPT. 25 * 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, SEPT. 26 * Polk County Bounty Market -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building parking lot, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. Final market session for the 2013 season. 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.* Dallas Senior Center Music Jam -- 6:30 p.m., Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. "Happy and Sappy"-themed music jam. Free; donations accepted. Attendees are asked to bring a snack to share. 503-623-5055. FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 * Independence Hop & Heritage Festival -- 4:30 to 9 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, downtown Independence. Activities include a barbecue, beer garden, Ghost Walk and concert in the park. www.independencehopandheritage.com.* 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, SEPT. 28 * Independence Hop & Heritage Festival -- 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater and Independence State Airport, Independence. Pancake breakfast, homebrew competition, live entertainment, street vendors, fireworks and more. www.independencehopandheritage.com.* 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.* 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. SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Independence Hop & Heritage Festival -- 10 a.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, downtown Independence. Longboard race to Rogue Ales Micro Hopyard. www.independencehopandheritage.com. MONDAY, SEPT. 30 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, OCT. 1 * 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. 2 * 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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Call of the wild

RICKREALL -- In the world of duck hunting, the most essential tool aside from the shotgun is the duck call.

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9/25 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Sept. 26, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Friday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Friends of the Library Book Sale (311 Monmouth St.)* Friday, Sept. 27, 1-5 p.m. -- 10th Anniversary Open House* Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Friends of the Library Book Sale (311 Monmouth St.)* Wednesday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming programs and events-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime ("Falling for Fall")* Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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Wednesday, September 18



O&C proposal appears doomed

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Legislation to continue the now-expired timber payments was passed in the U.S. Senate last week, while the House approved a bill containing a plan to increase harvest on Oregon's "O&C Lands."

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Dragons dominate South Albany

Big "D" is the moniker for the much larger city of Dallas, but a big defense is what the Dragons used Friday night to shut down South Albany 42-7.

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Falls City library doors stay open for now

FALLS CITY -- The Wagner Community Library in Falls City has raised enough money to remain open through November and is working on several fundraisers for operations through the remainder of the year.

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9/25 Letters to the Editor

*WOU staff provide valuabe services*Blame cell phones for poor writing*Day of service work helps community*Polk public safety levy needs support

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9/25 News in Brief

*Independence man killed in crash*Car accident claims local woman*Man hit by car, killed on Highway 18*Vehicle crashes into church building

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9/25 Community Notebook

*Free jazz concert slated on Thursday*Valley Zen Circle to resume meeting*Senior music jam starts new season*Local garden club will meet Thursday*Book sale slated at former library*Car show moved to Monmouth park*CHS Class of 1952 schedules reunion*WV Hospice to host caregiver workshop*Hospital volunteers to hold fundraiser*Polk County writer featured in book

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Tuesday, September 17



Are you covered?

DALLAS -- If you watch television at all, you've probably seen the commercials with the catchy songs and scenes from all over the state declaring "long live Oregonians."

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Perrydale defeated by Dufur

The early season struggles for a young Perrydale team continued on Friday as Dufur pounced on the Pirates early, gaining a 30-0 lead in the first half of a nonleague football matchup.

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Sports schedule 9/18 through 9/24

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19 Volleyball: Willamette Valley Christian at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. St. Paul at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Corvallis at Dallas, 6 p.m. Cascade at Central, 6:30 p.m. Central Washington at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer: Yamhill-Carlton at Central, 4 p.m. Dallas at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m. Girls Soccer: Roosevelt at Dallas, 4 p.m. Central at Yamhill-Carlton, 4 p.m. Gervais at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Seattle Pacific, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 20 Football: Falls City at North Lake, 2 p.m. Perrydale vs. Pine Eagle at Arlington, 3 p.m. South Albany at Dallas, 7 p.m. Scappoose at Central, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 21 Football: Dixie State at Western Oregon, 1 p.m. Volleyball: Perrydale at East Linn Christian Tournament, 8 a.m. Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Central Washington, 11:30 a.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Seaside Three Course Challenge, Camp Rilea, 10 a.m. Central at Oregon City Invitational, 10 a.m. Western Oregon at Erik Anderson Invitational, Spokane, Wash., TBA. Western Oregon at Oak Knoll Invitational, Salem, TBA. MONDAY, SEPT. 23 Volleyball: Falls City at Veritas, 5:30 p.m. Perrydale at Willamette Valley Christian, 5:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Santiam Christian at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 2 4 Volleyball: Country Christian at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at Woodburn, 6 p.m. Central at Taft, 6:30 p.m. Boys Soccer: Benson at Dallas, 4 p.m. Philomath at Central, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Central at Philomath, 4 p.m. Dallas at Forest Grove, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 Volleyball: St. Paul at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Concordia at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Mid-Willamette Conference Preview, Waterloo Park, Lebanon, TBA.-Schedules Subject to Change

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Accident ties up construction traffic

DALLAS -- Work on improvements to the 800 and 900 blocks of Main Street in Dallas was proceeding well Friday when what could have been a tragic accident happened.

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WOU Fan Fest Friday

The Western Oregon University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host its first WOU Athletics Fan Fest at the Gentle House on the WOU campus Friday at 5 p.m.

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Monday, September 16

 

Attorney responds to OSB accusations

DALLAS -- Dallas attorney Debbe von Blumenstein, whose law license has been under interim suspension since August, has issued a response to Oregon State Bar (OSB) accusations against her.

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Signage pays homage to city's past

INDEPENDENCE -- There are few things the city of Independence is more proud of than its legacy as the hop capitol of the late 19th and early 20th century.

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9/18 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, SEPT. 18 * 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: "KNow your meds." 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, SEPT. 19 * 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. 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.* 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, SEPT. 20 * 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, SEPT. 21 * 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.* Ron White in concert -- 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Popular comedian performs. Tickets: $30-$179; 21 and older only. 1-800-760-7977. SUNDAY, SEPT. 22 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Beyond the Harvest -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Mill Feed & Garden, 1313 Main St., Dallas. Event includes classes, a tomato taste-off, food and music. Hosted by Old Mill Feed & Garden and OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Free; preregistration required. 503-831-1222. MONDAY, SEPT. 23 * Central Lions Club -- Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150. TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 * 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, SEPT. 25 * 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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9/18 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, SEPT. 18 * 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, SEPT. 19 * 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.* Monmouth Arts and Culture Commission -- 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722. MONDAY, SEPT. 23 * 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, SEPT. 24 * 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, SEPT. 25 * Polk County Board of Commissioners -- 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.

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Fix has teams on home turf

DALLAS -- Dallas Dragon soccer teams have their home field near Whitworth Elementary School back after a brief interruption last week to fix watering system issues.

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Mexico's reforms are key to US immigration reform

The U.S. Congress returned to work last week with little prospect of passing a proposed overhaul of the nation's immigration laws -- and not because Syria and budget battles have taken the spotlight. No, the main reason lies in a common fear that more Mexicans will illegally cross the border if the ones already in the United States are given a path to citizenship.

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Putting teeth in truancy law

DALLAS -- Making sure school-age children in Dallas are attending school isn't just the responsibility of parents and the Dallas School District any more.

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WOU program recognized by education association

MONMOUTH -- The Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies (MAIS) at Western Oregon University has been recognized as an outstanding professional and continuing education program by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).

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Friday, September 13



Inaugural Ironman

Monmouth chiropractor will test physical, mental limits during Sunday competition

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Fall City celebrates falls access

FALLS CITY -- After more than five years of restricted access, Falls City residents are celebrating the full return of their "backyard swimming pool."

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9/18 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* Daxton L. Cobalis, 41, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southwest Walnut Avenue on Thursday on charges of strangulation, interfering with making a police report and harassment. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Jesse A. Cox, 22, of Scio at D Street and South Main Street on Sept. 10 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving while suspended/revoked and driving uninsured.* Franklin D. Crabtree, 34, of Salem at South Main Street and I Street on Saturday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Bradley J. Keeton, 31, of Monmouth at Main Street East and Pacific Highway South on Sept. 3 on a charge of failure to carry/present an operators license.* Abdulrhman R. Basudan, 22, of Monmouth and Ashlynn R. Jansson, 18, of Eugene in the 600 block of Knox Street North on Sept. 6 on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana.* Jamie B. Francom, 24, of Monmouth at Clay Street West and College Street South on Sept. 6 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.* Mario E. Chavez, 33, of Corvallis at Pacific Highway North and Hoffman Road on Sept. 7 on a charge of failure to carry/present operators license.* Pedro A. Desgarennes Mendez, 31, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Sept. 8 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and failure to carry/present operators license.* Leviticus B. Clifton, 29, of Salem at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 10 on a failure to appear warrant.* Aniceto Salazar-Limon, 48, of Independence at Monmouth Independence Highway and Boyd Lane on Friday on charges of failure to carry/present operators license and driving while suspended/revoked.* Samantha M. Foster, 25, of Salem in the 400 block of Main Street West on Sunday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering.

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9/18 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Pedee lost another resident on Thursday night, when Wes Burbank, 81, died after years of health problems that would have killed a lesser man many years ago.Burbank was born in Falls City and lived in Pedee all of his life, except for the time he served in the Navy. He was known for his generosity, kindness and helpfulness by all his neighbors.I personally admired his ability to get up and get going after each of his problems: heart attack, lung cancer, multiple hip and knee replacements, and various other problems. His wife, Carla, and sons Dan, Dave, Doug and Dennis, were all with him when he died and they will miss him.His funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m., with burial afterward in Womer Cemetery.--The Polk Saddle-ites had their monthly meeting Sept. 10 at Larry and Mary Shellenbarger's home near Independence, and several from Pedee attended: Kevin and Karen Porter, Jerry Mentzer and Charm Waller, and Sam and Judy Guida.This month they took their horses with them, where they could ride in the Shellenbargers' outdoor arena for an hour or so before the meeting.It was fun to spend time seeing horses and riders working together. They then had a pizza party and meeting in the Shellenbargers' beautiful garden.

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Thursday, September 12



School test scores raise concern

POLK COUNTY -- Statewide assessment scores at Polk County schools reveal a need for improvement -- in some areas a lot of improvement -- for students to stay on track for graduation.

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9/18 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Just about the only indicators that fall is almost upon us are the return of early morning darkness and the month and date on the calendar.It's really hard to concentrate on putting away all our light and bright summer clothes when the temperature is in the 80s, with those endless blue skies as far as the eye can see. At our house we are still in the mood for summertime meals, and the fresh garden fruits and vegetables are not showing any signs of fading away.Summertime can linger a bit longer in MI Town, because we know that Old Man Winter will be here before we know it.--Not all of us have the advantage of planting, picking and eating home-grown produce. If you don't have the time, space, energy or inclination for home gardening, there's still an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as all kinds of craft items, for sale at local farmers markets.On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from noon until 6 p.m. in the old fire station parking lot, 152 Warren St. N., across from Main Street Park in Monmouth, you can check out the Monmouth Farm and Craft Market. On Saturday there are two market sites in Independence, both open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Sterling Savings parking lot, 302 S. Main St., and at Riverview Park and Amphitheater on Main Street.--For many years now we have enjoyed so many events and programs at MI Town's very own college -- and fall brings just about our favorite Saturday activity.Western Oregon University's first home football game of the season is this Saturday, when our Wolves meet Dixie State at 1 p.m. What could be more fun than a football game on a bright and shining September afternoon in MI Town?It's a great family activity and you can also help support WOU athletic programs, have a good time with others, and catch some youthful enthusiasm and energy. See you there.--On Sept. 25, the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce and Monmouth Business Association welcome new and returning Western Oregon University students to a free food and information event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in The Grove on the WOU campus. For more information, contact the chamber at 503-838-4268.--I've always thought of fall as the season of new beginnings, but this year I've said goodbye for the season to the bright, young preschool students and support staff in the OCDC's Migrant Education Program in Independence. I've been privileged to meet many people, especially parents and families, who want their children to have the opportunities that weren't available in earlier years. Their goal is to see children learn English while retaining their Spanish language, so they can live good and rewarding lives.

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Wednesday, September 11

 

Cost of Monmouth police bond swells

MONMOUTH -- The new Monmouth Police Department facility will cost taxpayers a little more than originally expected when the city's bond sale closes Thursday.

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9/11 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Saturday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. -- Hobby Day (Ham radio)* Saturday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. -- LEGO Saturday* Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Friday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. -- Family Movie Night ("Epic")* Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Thursday, Sept. 12, 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, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime* Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime

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9/18 Community Notebook

*Local history of KKK subject of meeting*Art show set at Riverview Market*Foods as gifts will be wrokshop topic*VFW Auxiliary set to host fundraiser

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9/18 OBITUARIES

*Matthias 'Matt' Oliver Kamasz*Franklin D. Hoekstre*Douglas Clayville*Ethel Olivia Perry*Ingeborg Kristiansen*Angelina Loza*A. Wesley Burbank

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Tuesday, September 10



Sports schedule 9/11-9/17

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 Volleyball: Willamette at Western Oregon, 7 p.m.Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at San Francisco State, 4 p.m.Cross-Country: Dallas at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, 4 p.m. THURSDAY, SEPT. 12 Volleyball: Central at Scappoose, 5:30 p.m. Falls City at Crosshill Christian, 5:30 p.m. Jewell at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at South Albany, 6 p.m.Boys Soccer: Parkrose at Dallas, 4 p.m.Girls Soccer: Amity at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Beaverton, 7:30 p.m.Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Dominican (Calif.), 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 Football: Dallas at Silverton, 7 p.m. Central at Sweet Home, 7 p.m. Crow at Falls City, 7 p.m. Dufur at Perrydale, 7 p.m.Volleyball: Colorado School of Mines Invitational at Denver: Western Oregon vs. Colorado School of Mines, noon; Western Oregon vs. Tarleton State, 6:30 p.m. Dufur at Perrydale, 3 p.m. Damascus Christian at Perrydale, 6 p.m.Cross-Country: Western Oregon at Ash Creek Preserve Invitational, Monmouth TBA. SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 Football: Western Oregon at Central Washington, 1 p.m.Volleyball: Central at North Marion Tournament, 8 a.m. Dallas at South Eugene Tournament, 8:30 a.m. Colorado School of Mines Invitational at Denver: Western Oregon vs. Texas Women's University, 9 a.m.; Western Oregon vs. Washburn, 3:30 p.m.Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at Holy Names (Calif.), 11 a.m.Cross-Country: Dallas at South Salem Saxon Invitational, 10 a.m. Central at Molalla Invitational, 11 a.m. MONDAY, SEPT. 16 Girls Soccer: Western Mennonite/Perrydale at Dayton, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 Volleyball: Jewell at Falls City, 5:30 p.m. Perrydale at C.S. Lewis, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at West Albany, 6 p.m. Philomath at Central, 6:30 p.m.Boys Soccer: Gresham at Dallas, 4 p.m.Girls Soccer: Dallas at Hillsboro, 5 p.m.-Schedules Subject to Change

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9/11 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, SEPT. 11 * 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, SEPT. 12 * Falls City City Council -- 7:30 p.m., Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3631. MONDAY, SEPT. 16 * 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.* Perrydale School Board -- 7 p.m., Perrydale School, 7445 Perrydale Road, Amity. 503-623-2040. TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 * 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.* Dallas Parks and Recreation Board -- 7 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, SEPT. 18 * 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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Prep soccer roundup

Central overcame a case of first-game jitters and apprehension to rout Elmira 6-0 in nonleague boys soccer action on Thursday.

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Monday, September 9

 

Full Circle Creamery ... Say Cheese!

INDEPENDENCE -- Sunday is "no cheese day" at the Humiston household -- no cooking with cheese, no eating cheese, don't even bring it up ... unless it's a really cheesy joke.

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Union prepares to strike against OUS

MONMOUTH -- Bargaining teams from the Oregon University System and the seven public universities in the system meet Wednesday (today) in what is the last scheduled meeting before a strike is set to occur Sept. 30.

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Accident ties up construction traffic

DALLAS -- Work on improvements to the 800 and 900 blocks of Main Street in Dallas was proceeding well Friday when what could have been a tragic accident happened.

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9/18 Library Calendar

DALLAS 950 Main St. 503-623-2633 www.ci.dallas.or.us/library * Thursday, Sept. 19, 11:15 a.m. -- Preschool Storytime* Tuesday, Sept. 24, 11:15 a.m. -- Infant/Toddler Storytime-- INDEPENDENCE 175 Monmouth St. 503-838-1811 www.independence .plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime* Friday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m. -- Read to the Dog* Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 a.m. -- Family Storytime-- MONMOUTH 168 S. Ecols St. 503-751-0182 www.monmouth.plinkit.org * Call library for upcoming programs and events-- WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY 111 N. Main St., Falls City 503-787-3521, ext. 319 www.wagner.plinkit.org * Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime ("Fun with Fish")* Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. -- Lapsit Storytime ("Falling for Fall")

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Council asked to support county levy

DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council will consider issuing official support for Polk County's Public Safety levy that will appear on November's general election ballot.

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9/11 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* Rachael A. Keys, 27, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southwest Walnut Avenue on Sept. 3 on charges of failure to carry or present an operators license, driving while suspended or revoked, and driving uninsured.* Felicia A. McCarl, 22, of Otis in the 200 block of Southeast Uglow Avenue on Thursday on a probation violation warrant out of Lincoln County.* Angela M. Fix, 36, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southeast LaCreole Drive on Friday on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor.* Duane E. McColley, 51, of Dallas in the 200 block of Southeast LaCreole Drive on Friday on a charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. INDEPENDENCE Arrests/Citations* Michael D. Young, 44, of Independence in the 1400 block of Falcon Loop on Sept. 2 on charges of fourth degree assault and harassment-criminal threats.* Chad A. Myers, 24, of Monmouth in the 700 block of East Madrona Street on Saturday on a charge of failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons. MONMOUTH Arrests/Citations* Ahmad N. Alkalali, 23, of Portland at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Aug. 28 on a failure to appear warrant.* Quitrina J. Barber, 32, of Monmouth in the 300 block of College Street South on Aug. 31 on a charge of improper use of 911 emergency system.* Israel Alvarez, 40, of Salem at Monmouth Avenue North and Whitesell Street West on Sept. 1 on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless endangering-simple assault.* Virgil R. Littleton, 50, of Falls City at Clay Street West and Monmouth Avenue South on Sept. 2 on charges of failure to carry/present operators license and driving while suspended/revoked.* Jordan Z. Meyers, 22, of Monmouth at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 3 on a contempt of court warrant.* Andrew K. Poland, 29, of Culver at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 4 on a contempt of court warrant.* Brenton T. McGinty, 22, of Keizer at Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., on Sept. 5 on a failure to appear warrant.

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Friday, September 6



Perrydale reaches lawsuit settlement

PERRYDALE -- The lawsuit accusing Perrydale School District of not properly investigating a report of a volunteer coach's alleged inappropriate relationship with a student has ended with a settlement.

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9/11 OBITUARIES

*John Franklin Lorence*Joyce L. Taylor*Pauline Parmenter*Rose Marie Baker*June A. Whitney*William 'Bill' W. Gillis*Dennis Michael McCarthy*John A. Koloen*Dean H. Levie*A.J. 'Jack ' Stein*Franklin D. Hoekstre*Betty Josephine Pittam*Lonnie Dean Jackson

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Thursday, September 5

  

9/11 Letters to the Editor

*County levy needed to provide services*Strike against OUS may be next step*US Postal Service making comeback*School support is much appreciated*Unions are fighting for the middle class*Pop Warner group made event a hit

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Wednesday, September 4



A ye olde festival, indeed

KINGS VALLEY -- The Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, Kings Valley's annual re-creation of a 16th-century English village taking place this weekend, just added a new permanent "business" to its lineup.

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Polk County sports schedule 9/5 - 9/11

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5 Volleyball: Western Oregon Invitational, 10 a.m. Falls City at Country Christian, 5:30 p.m. Crosshill Christian at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Central at Sweet Home, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer: Central at Elmira, 4:30 p.m. Dallas at Oregon City, 7 p.m. Girls Soccer: Franklin at Dallas, 4 p.m. Elmira at Central, 4 p.m. Cross-Country: Central at Cascade Invitational, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 Football: Central at Dallas, 7 p.m. Falls City at Mohawk, 7 p.m. Perrydale at Siletz Valley, 7 p.m. Volleyball: Western Oregon Invitational, 10 a.m. Women's Soccer: Trinity Lutheran at Western Oregon, 3 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 Football: Western Oregon at Eastern Washington, 4:05 p.m. Volleyball: Central at Cascade Tournament, 8 a.m. Dallas at Madison Tournament, TBA. Western Oregon Invitational, 10 a.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Tillamook Invitational, TBA. MONDAY, SEPT. 9 Volleyball: Falls City at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Blanchet at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 10 Volleyball: Perrydale at Veritas, 5:30 p.m. Crescent Valley at Dallas, 6 p.m. Junction City at Central, 6:30 p.m. Falls City at Livingstone Academy, TBA. Boys Soccer: Sweet Home at Central, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Madison at Dallas, 4 p.m. Central at Sweet Home, 4 p.m. Cross-Country: Central at Newport, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 Volleyball: Willamette at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at San Francisco State, 4 p.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, TBA.- Schedules Subject to Change

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Polk County sports schedule Sept. 5 through Sept. 11

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5 Volleyball: Western Oregon Invitational, 10 a.m. Falls City at Country Christian, 5:30 p.m. Crosshill Christian at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Central at Sweet Home, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer: Central at Elmira, 4:30 p.m. Dallas at Oregon City, 7 p.m. Girls Soccer: Franklin at Dallas, 4 p.m. Elmira at Central, 4 p.m. Cross-Country: Central at Cascade Invitational, 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 Football: Central at Dallas, 7 p.m. Falls City at Mohawk, 7 p.m. Perrydale at Siletz Valley, 7 p.m. Volleyball: Western Oregon Invitational, 10 a.m. Women's Soccer: Trinity Lutheran at Western Oregon, 3 p.m. SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 Football: Western Oregon at Eastern Washington, 4:05 p.m. Volleyball: Central at Cascade Tournament, 8 a.m. Dallas at Madison Tournament, TBA. Western Oregon Invitational, 10 a.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Tillamook Invitational, TBA. MONDAY, SEPT. 9 Volleyball: Falls City at Perrydale, 5:30 p.m. Girls Soccer: Blanchet at Western Mennonite/Perrydale, 4:15 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 10 Volleyball: Perrydale at Veritas, 5:30 p.m. Crescent Valley at Dallas, 6 p.m. Junction City at Central, 6:30 p.m. Falls City at Livingstone Academy, TBA. Boys Soccer: Sweet Home at Central, 4 p.m. Girls Soccer: Madison at Dallas, 4 p.m. Central at Sweet Home, 4 p.m. Cross-Country: Central at Newport, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 Volleyball: Willamette at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. Women's Soccer: Western Oregon at San Francisco State, 4 p.m. Cross-Country: Dallas at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, TBA.- Schedules Subject to Change

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9/11 Community Notebook

*Master Gardeners meet Wednesday*Rummage sale will assist Republicans*Aviation event for youths is Saturday*Group set to hold annual plant sale*Local leaf casting workshop planned*Caterpillar workers schedule reunion*Square dance set this Saturday night*Tickets available for nursery event*Bible study event will begin Monday*Flower arranging class set Monday*Prayer gatherings to start this month*Vendors sought for holiday fair

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WOU Fan Fest to be held

The Western Oregon University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host its first WOU Athletics Fan Fest at the Gentle House on the WOU campus on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.

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Day of Service events in need of volunteers

POLK COUNTY -- Five local churches and Salvation Army of Marion and Polk Counties are looking for volunteers to lend a hand Saturday during the annual countywide Day of Service projects.

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WOU announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class

The Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame will once again open its doors as it inducts the 1996 WOU women's basketball team, Kipp Archambault, Irv Garrison, Megan Inglesby, Alicia Marshall and Wes Tilgner as the Class of 2013.

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Tuesday, September 3

 

It's a drive-in documentary

DALLAS -- Americans love their movies and they love their cars, so why aren't drive-ins -- an activity that combines the two -- more popular?

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9/11 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's the time of year when there is such a subtle change to the seasons as we transition from summer into fall. The golden dawn of early morning seems to be a minute or two later every day now that we are nearly into mid-September. After rising early all summer, it's very tempting to sleep in just a little bit longer -- or at least until daylight.These are fine evenings since the weather is gradually getting cooler, when we can enjoy sitting outside in the quiet time just after sunset. The nights are the best and most comfortable to fall asleep listening to the sounds of crickets just beyond the windows.The backyard trees are loaded with an abundance of fruit this year, and it's only a matter of time before the good smells of cinnamon and applesauce fill the entire house. It's almost time to get out the applesauce cake recipe, not to mention filling the freezer with apple pie filling. When those cold, dark and rainy January days arrive, there's nothing better than a hot slice of homemade apple pie to bring back memories of this season.--It's also the time of year when many of our local groups and organizations will be gearing up for the fall and winter, and volunteers are always welcome to help at the food bank, churches and the Monmouth Senior Center, just to mention a few examples.Involvement with civic activities gives us all an opportunity to learn just what is happening in our communities, and volunteers are always welcome and needed. No matter what your interests, it's fun to meet people who can share similar -- as well as different -- ideas. We can always learn something new and share with others.--The Independence Hop and Heritage Festival is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 27, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 29. Pie-eating contests and dance competitions, many professional entertainers to enjoy, ghost walks, a barbecue at the Elks and even a home brew competition are scheduled. A flapjack breakfast at the Independence Airport will help fund scholarships and fireworks are also planned. Let's try to attend everything we can and enjoy the entire weekend.--None of us like to receive those sales pitches via phone -- and soon they'll be able to call your cell phone. The Federal Trade Commission wants to remind everyone to register their cell phone on their "Do Not Call" list. This can be done by calling 888-382-1222.--During these golden transition days, it's good to take a moment to be thankful for the good blessings of our wonderful Willamette Valley and to take the time to enjoy it all.

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9/11 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, SEPT. 11 * 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 Lunch Forum -- Noon, Central High School, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. 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 room 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, SEPT. 12 * 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.* "Mom and Me" 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, SEPT. 13 * 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, SEPT. 14 * 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.* Salem Hardy Plant Society Fall Plant Sale -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Free admission. 503-364-3475.* Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Highway 223 and Grant Road, Kings Valley. The 18th annual event features jousting, minstrels, troubadours, dancers, games, handmade goods, food and drink. Admission: adults, $11; seniors and children 6-12, $5; children 5 and under, free. 541-929-4897.* 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, SEPT. 15 * Rickreall Farmers Market -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.* Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Highway 223 and Grant Road, Kings Valley. The 18th annual event features jousting, minstrels, troubadours, dancers, games, handmade goods, food and drink. Admission: adults, $11; seniors and children 6-12, $5; children 5 and under, free. 541-929-4897. MONDAY, SEPT. 16 * 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, SEPT. 17 * 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.* Dallas Wingdinger R.C. Flying Club -- 7 p.m., Whitworth Elementary School library, 1151 SE Miller Ave., Dallas. 503-623-7288. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18 * 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: "Know your meds." 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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9/11 Pedee News: Arlene Kovash

Several in Pedee went to war this week -- the Civil War Re-enactment at Fort Stevens State Park northwest of Astoria.After I talked my family into going with me to the re-enactment at Willamette Mission Park over the Fourth of July, my daughter Lorraine and her family fell in love with re-enacting and signed up right there. So, for Labor Day weekend, she and her husband, Doug, and two daughters, Victoria and Christina, outfitted themselves and joined the 69th New York Irish Brigade at Fort Stevens. And, well, I did, too.Also, cousins Stephen Osgood and Cole Cochrane, grandsons of Ted and Ethelene Osgood, who have been re-enacting with the 116th Pennsylvania Irish Brigade for several years, were there, as was Stephen's girlfriend, Jessica Riffle, daughter of Bob and Virginia Riffle of Airlie.--It's so nice to live in Pedee, where neighbors help each other all the time. We had oats to harvest, so two neighbors, Jerry Mentzer and Norm Baldwin, worked with Paul to get our old combine working. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep it going long enough to get the job done, so another neighbor loaned us his combine and with Jerry running it, all fields were done before all the rain hit last week. What a great group of guys.--The Pedee campus of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools is starting the school year with 44 seventh- and eighth-graders. Much work has been done on the school, including installing new, red doors. The next project will be to replace more windows. Principal Dan Austin says that they have almost finalized the purchase of both the Pedee and Bridgeport schools, so look for a celebration in October.--Pieter Vandenberg is up on the roof of his rental house at the corner of Kings Valley Highway and Pedee Creek Road, cleaning gutters and scraping off moss in preparation for renting it out again. There will soon be a sign out front with rental information if you're interested.

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9/18 News in Brief

*Health insurance workshop slated*River crossing update scheduled*Book signing for local author set*Culvert work to close Bursell Road

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