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Wednesday, July 30



Play lightens serious topic

Enjoy a fly-on-the-wall peek into the lives of four developmentally disabled men and their social worker in Western Oregon’s summer production, “The Boys Next Door.”

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Search consultant for post selected*DSD food service workers needed*Locals earn recognition at Western*Duo qualify for Oregon dean's list*Perrydale grad earns scholarship*Deptula named to MBC honors list

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YOUR GARDEN: Tiffany Woods

In mild parts of Western Oregon and along most of the coast, it is possible to grow a succession of garden vegetables throughout most of the year.

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Players set for all-star game

BAKER CITY — Months after completing his sophomore year of high school, Central High graduate Ben Finnegan watched the Oregon East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game from the grandstands.

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GOLFING IN POLK COUNTY: Dallas Golf Club a fun ride

DALLAS — Dallas Golf Club’s nine-hole executive course isn’t going to scare you. The 2,024-yard, par-31 layout is almost all straight, with distances that make it friendly to novice golfers and those looking for a quick round.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

*Forest group made reunion a reality*Book sale success due to key helpers*Businesses made reunion a big hit

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*PCSO reserve applications taken*PSWCD schedules annual meeting*Candidate to host bowling tourney*DA set to host public safety forum*Trust awards PCL $1,000 art grant

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PARTY DIVIDED

The separation came front and center during May’s primary for House District 23, when incumbent Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) faced Polk County Republican Chairman Mike Nearman for the nomination.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Hospital volunteers to hold fundraiser*Bike MS slated for visit to Monmouth*Monthly breakfast fundraiser on tap*Church schedules block party event*Benefit dog wash to be held in Dallas*Pioneer celebration slated for Saturday*Jazz concert kicks off music workshop*Gospel bluegrass group to perform*VBS for youths set to start on Monday*Vision exams to be offered at library*Golf tourney will help out food bank

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Dallas QB Club fundraiser nearing

DALLAS — Registration continues for the 21st annual Dallas Quarterback Club Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the group that supports youth and high school football programs in the Dallas community.

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Ford takes first at state swim meet

GRESHAM — Dallas High sophomore-to-be Jolie-Rae Ford placed first in the 1,500-yard freestyle at the Oregon Swimming Long Course Championship, held Thursday through Sunday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.

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Sports Briefs

Dallas QB Club fundraiser nearing * DHS to host volleyball camps Aug. 11 * Sign-ups available for golf scramble * Volunteers needed for tournament * Ford takes first at state swim meet * DHS youth football camp scheduled

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Friday, July 25



Wednesday, July 23

     

Educators concerned about test

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Itemizer-Observer has been taking a look at a new test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, that students will have to take next year in grades three through eight, as well as in 11th grade. The I-O has looked at the test, how it relates to the Common Core State Standards, and curriculum. Now, the I-O looks at the two different scores for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and what that means for Polk County students, schools and families.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Knitting, crocheting for youths planned*Monmouth church to host block party*Library book sale set this weekend*YMCA's late night pool party on tap*Motor club slates Grand Ronde event

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Pay proper respect to American flag*Good deed proves to be appreciated*Growth makes new bridge necessary

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Fun Run set for big year

DALLAS — The Summerfest Fun Run is back and it’s better than ever. A year after taking over as race directors, Trenda Locke and Dyan Tallon are determined to make sure the race continues to evolve and grow.

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Seven WOU athletes receive award

MONMOUTH — Seven Western Oregon University student-athletes received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete award on July 16.

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Kids’ triathlon ready for more

DALLAS — The ninth annual Summerfest Kids’ Triathlon doesn’t emphasize competition. There’s little focus on how long it takes to finish. That’s because race organizer Tom Snyder said the kids’ triathlon is more than just a race. It’s a celebration of kids.

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Sports Schedule

THURSDAY, JULY 24 Baseball: Molalla vs. Dallas at Western Oregon, 9:30 a.m.; Central vs. Summit at Western Oregon, 5 p.m.

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WOU golf tourney delayed to Aug. 18

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University football team’s annual golf tournament has moved to Aug. 18. The tournament was originally scheduled for Friday.

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Sports Briefs

MONMOUTH — Seven Western Oregon University student-athletes received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Representative Scholar-Athlete award on July 16.

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Thursday, July 17



Wednesday, July 16

     

SCHOOL NOTES/ADADEMIC HONORS

*WOU will present summer comedy*Duo to share WESD special ed post*Brewer earns Harding recognition*GFU dean's list includes local man*Foundation scholarships awarded

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Adoption of curriculum varies

Editor’s Note: In a story last week about Common Core, the Itemizer-Observer took a look at what students were learning and how they would be tested. This week, the I-O takes a look at the “how” of learning curriculum.

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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Steakhouse celebrating anniversary*Capitol Auto earns national honor*Open house slated for Power2Learn*Vendor mall now open in Monmouth

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Writers' gathering on tap in Fall City*Jump rope camp begins next week*VBS starts Monday at Trinity Lutheran*Memory screening clinic being offered*Donations sought for Dallas book sale

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Coed softball deadline nearing

DALLAS — Registration deadline is Friday for teams interested in playing in a new coed softball league being coordinated by the city of Dallas.

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Concordia University to join GNAC

PORTLAND — The NCAA Division II Membership Committee accepted Concordia University-Portland’s application to join the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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DHS booster club seeks volunteers

DALLAS — The Dallas High School Booster Club is seeking volunteers to run the club’s booth at Summerfest July 24-26. The booth will promote Dallas athletics and sell Dragon Pride shirts.

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LIBRARY CALENDAR

Library events at Dallas, Independence, Monmouth and Wagner Community Library in Falls City.

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ODFW pond closed for improvements

MONMOUTH — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week closed the E.E. Wilson Pond between Monmouth and Corvallis to fishing through the remainder of the year.

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Sports Schedule

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 Baseball: American Legion: Demarini Dirtbags at Florence, 4 p.m.

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Sports Briefs

Concordia University to join GNAC * Summerfest Fun Run approaching * Coed softball deadline nearing * ODFW offering women's workshop * ODFW pond closed for improvements * Sign-ups for coed kickball begins * WOU football players named to list * DHS Booster Club seeks volunteers

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Couple is grateful for donated kidney*Church appreciates community's help*Ideas for traffic issues on Hwy. 22*Fight for projects that benefit region*Allow pets at more community events

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EDITORIALS

If Washington wants to solve one of the biggest issues along the border, it has a ready-made problem to solve in this heroin trade.

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Jones claims attacks are false

Beth Jones sent a letter to the Oregon Family Council (OFC) — a Christian political organization — and the campaign of District 23 Republican nominee Mike Nearman on Thursday asking for the misinformation to stop.

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Friday, July 11

 

Wednesday, July 9

     

ACADEMIC HONORS

*Locals receive recognition at OSU*Snyder makes EKU president's list*SC honor roll includes Polk students

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County.

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POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. The status of incidents reported may change after further investigation. Individuals arrested or suspected of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Tennis tourney remains strong

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — When Alejandro Echeverri and Stefan Youngs arrived at Central High School on Sunday morning, neither seemed particularly enthused.

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Sports Briefs

HAMMOND, Ind. — Nicole Watkins, former sports editor at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, has been hired as the new assistant athletic director for sports information, marketing and event management at Purdue University Calumet.

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Tuesday, July 8



5/28 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Traditionally, the Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer — and all of us in MI Town have been waiting to roll out the welcome mat and enjoy all the good and happy times that follow the sunshine and blue skies.    The deck was scrubbed and outdoor furniture spiffed up for those wonderful summer days that seem to stretch out endlessly before us, where plans of picnics, barbecues and endless gallons of iced tea and lemonade are at the top of the list.    Meanwhile, the garden is planted, the strawberries are ripening and yard projects continue. The weeds won’t miraculously disappear, no matter how much we wish. I’m just thankful that we have the energy to keep those pesky weeds from taking over completely.    —    Memorial Day weekend also gave us an opportunity to stop at either of MI Town’s libraries, where we can get a head start on our summer reading and see all of the programs available for kids and grandkids during the upcoming vacation days. If there’s not enough money in the budget for a vacation to faraway places, kids of all ages can visit anywhere in the world while sitting under a tree in the backyard or in a cozy corner of the house.    —    What a bonus to receive the “Explore Polk County” magazine tucked into last week’s Itemizer-Observer. This will be great to share with summertime visitors from out of state, and gives even those of us who’ve lived here for some time some fresh, new ideas for places to go and things to do. Next time somebody says, “There isn’t anything to do,” hand them a copy and dare them to be bored after seeing what’s available to all of us.    —    With the ever-rising gasoline prices, most of us are trying to find ways to economize. One of them is to combine errands whenever we take the car out of the driveway. I’ve discovered the Rule of Three, which means I try to have a minimum three activities or errands (i.e., groceries, library, recycling). It’s not always easy, but can become a habit with practice. The food bank and other agencies are always happy to receive donations of good, clean items, so that’s one more errand you can add to your list.    —    Friday, May 30 — which used to be the traditional Memorial Day — is also the birthday of my beloved husband, Don Dutcher. Don spends his days doing good deeds, kind works and just always being there for those of us fortunate enough to have him in our lives. We’ve shared 30 years together — the last 14 of them happily living in MI Town. Happy Birthday — and many more!

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Gardeners receive grant for project

INDEPENDENCE — Pacific Power awarded a $2,000 grant to the Polk County Master Gardeners to help build a gathering place at Inspiration Garden at Mountain Fir Park.

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County jail deputy arrested

DALLAS — A Polk County Jail corrections deputy has been charged with theft and official misconduct following an investigation into alleged prescription medication theft at the jail.

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6/11 PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    • Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Budget Committee — 5 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-9680, ext. 101.    • Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Board — 6 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-9680, ext. 101.    • Monmouth Park and Recreation Board — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    THURSDAY, JUNE 12    • Falls City City Council — 6:30 p.m., Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3631.    • Luckiamute Watershed Council — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. Fiscal year 2014-15 budget among agenda items. 503-837-0237.    • Polk County Fire District No. 1 Board — 7 p.m., Central Fire station, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. 505-838-1510.    MONDAY, JUNE 16    • 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, JUNE 17    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    • Independence Historic Preservation Commission — 4 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.    • Monmouth City Council — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18    • 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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6/11 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

June Clark spent a beautiful June 4 birthday riding her motorcycle to Newport and up the coast to Lincoln City.    She got her first checkpoint for this year’s Rose City Motorcycle Club Grand Tour, with a possible 15 in-state checkpoints scattered from one end of Oregon to the other and 10 checkpoints required for completion.    Lunch at the Newport checkpoint was a delicious shrimp melt. June enjoyed the rhododendrons on the coast, which were still in full bloom, and was delighted to manage more than 170 miles in one day. She’s one spunky lady!    —    Junior Lyday celebrated his 90th birthday on May 27 with a family party at home, planned by Shelly Tarvin and Junior’s daughter, Vickie Woods of Las Vegas, who has been staying with him.    —    Tristan Cates was the center of attention at a well-attended community shower honoring his birth at the Pedee Women’s Club on May 31. Parents Nick and Suzanne Cates adopted him on Feb. 11. Nick and Suzanne now live on Bainbridge Island in Washington.    —    Students from the Pedee Campus of Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools had a wonderful time on a field trip to Newport on Thursday.    They walked to Yaquina Head Lighthouse and looked at sunbathing seals, then took a tour boat into the bay, sponsored by Marine Discovery Tours, where they saw California Sea lions, pelicans, blue herons and other birds. The kids scooped plankton from the water using a special net, brought it on board to look at it through a microscope, and saw tiny phytoplankton, zooplankton and even a tiny jellyfish. Later, they used a different net and scooped other sea life trawling the net behind the boat.    From there, they went into the open ocean for a brief turn. The swells were high and the boat ride was like a roller coaster at that point. Afterward, they went to South Beach State Park for some fun and a hot dog roast before returning home.    The Pedee School is especially grateful to the Pedee Women’s Club, which donated $500 for the purchase of new books for their library. They bought a wide variety of novels and a few nonfiction resources at a school book fair this spring.    —    Marjorie Robertson arrived back in Pedee after spending the winter at Quartzsite, Ariz. She was thrilled when her grandson, Josh, invited her to Oregon State University’s student recognition awards program to see him receive one of OSU’s 10 prestigious Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Awards. Later, he was inducted into the College of Business’ Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Josh is a junior at OSU and lives with Marjorie to help her out.    

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6/25 POLICE REPORT

   DALLAS    Arrests/Citations     Addison T. Garber, 32, of Dallas in the 1200 block of Main Street on June 17 on a violation of a release agreement.     Donald J. Moon, 72, of Dallas on Northeast Kings Valley Highway on June 18 on a charge of driving while suspended.     Terry L. Coe, 57, of Dallas at the corner of Southeast Washington and Main streets on June 18 on a warrant out of Marion County.     Melissa G. Thomas, 41, of Independence in the 700 block of Southeast Birch Street on June 18 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.     Charles J. Pointer, 22, and Amanda M. Shiere, 20, both of Dallas in the 1200 block of Southwest Oregon Street on Thursday on probation violations.     Matthew L. McCarroll, 27, a transient in the 100 block of West Ellendale Avenue on Thursday on charges of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, harassment and second-degree criminal trespass.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations     Kory Woodard, 45, of Independence on June 16 in the 600 block of South Fourth Street for failure to carry or present an operator's license.     Kyle Drayden, 25, of Independence on Saturday in the 500 block of South Main Street for failure to appear.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations     Koryna Justice, 21, of Monmouth on June 18 at the intersection of Pacific Highway South and Clay Street East for failure to perform the duties of a driver.     Abdulaziz Al Duways, 23, of Monmouth on June 18 at the intersection of Clay Street East and Broad Street South for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.     Abdulaziz Almutairi, 23, of Monmouth on Thursday in the 500 block of Main Street East for failure to carry or present an operator's license.    

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5/7 OBITUARIES

*Donald 'Don' Eldon Fischer*Agnes F. Timmerman*Frances Elisa Edwards*Terrance Saforek*Peter P. Detrant*Rhona W. (Miller) Schneider*Charles G. Haller*LaVaughn Fern Kindwall Penner

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Meet the WOU Class of 2014

What: Western Oregon University Commencement.    When: Saturday, 11 a.m.    Where: McArthur Field, WOU campus, Monmouth.    Admission: No tickets are required. The ceremony will go on as planned rain or shine. Gates open at 9 a.m.    Of note: 1,266 graduate and undergraduate students will participate in the ceremony.    For more information: www.wou.edu.    —    Demographics of the Class of 2014    What does Western Oregon University’s Class of 2014 look like?    • Out of the 1,266 students graduating Saturday, 82 percent (1,037) will receive a bachelor’s degree, while 18 percent (229) will receive their master’s degrees.    • More women (58 percent, 739 students) will receive degrees than men (42 percent, 527 students).    • Fourteen percent are married. Five husband and wife couples will be graduating together this year. The youngest bachelor is 20. The oldest is 63.    • The youngest student to receive a master’s degree this year is 21, while the oldest is 65. The average age for those receiving a master’s is 33, while the average age for those receiving a bachelor’s is 25.    • Thirty-nine graduates are second-generation Wolves, while just two are third generation Western students.    • Out of 36 counties in Oregon, 33 are represented in Saturday’s commencement. Students from outside of Oregon come from 16 other states and 11 countries in addition to the United States.    • Two sets of twins are graduating. Two students have a 4.0 WOU grade-point average.    • Eleven students will complete two bachelor’s degrees at the same time.    

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6/18 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Mid-June in MI Town brings beautiful clear mornings and soft blue evenings, where all is quiet and the twilight seems to linger for hours as we discuss the day’s events and look forward to tomorrow’s activities.    Of course, that’s mostly a fantasy as we’re putting away shovels and rakes and trying to cram yet another pile of weeds into the big, brown recycling container. There’s gardening shoes piled on the back porch and grubby clothes to wash, but we’ll be back at it again tomorrow.    —    Gardens are growing well, thanks to the abundance of sunshine and the good, old Northwest rain. This seems to be an especially good year for roses and other flowers. The trees in our backyard are full of tiny apples, and the grape arbors promise even more goodness than usual come September.    In the meantime, the farmers markets provide us with so many fresh and good things to share with family and friends. It’s time to reach into the back of the pantry shelves to bring out all things jam and jelly making.    —    There’s a definite change in our communities since graduation, with many of our Western Oregon University students moving back to their home communities for the summer. We’ve been saying goodbye to many of our young neighbors. There are many students who will remain in our communities to work local summer jobs and attend summer classes, so that will keep the youthful presence alive and well until we welcome students who arrive in September.    For many families in MI Town, their own kids will be returning from college, from the military or from jobs that have taken them out of town for a period of time. It’s always an adjustment for everyone — especially for the kids who have had a taste of independence and their own decision-making for a number of months or perhaps years. If you’ve been used to eating pizza at 2 a.m. with your pals while you’ve been away at school, sometimes it’s hard to be enthusiastic about sitting down with the family at 6 p.m. for dinner. Mom and dad have probably changed their routines as well, so everyone needs to take a little while to just relax and take the time to get to know each other all over again.    —    Let’s give our kids an extra hug every day, share love and friendship, and remember how much they mean to us. Sadly, there are parents who have recently said goodbye to sons and daughters forever. Be grateful for our children, to be able to plan trips to the beach or the river instead of their funerals.    

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School seeks OK for new location

DALLAS — A public hearing was held Tuesday after press time regarding an application to move Eola Hills Charter School to Ballston Community Hall, located at 9015 Community Club Road, Amity, in northern Polk County.

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Mumps suspected at LaCreole school

DALLAS — Polk County Public Health and officials at LaCreole Middle School announced Friday that there was a suspected case of the mumps at the school.

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OSU degrees presented to Polk County students

CORVALLIS — A large group of Polk County residents were among the expected 5,878 students who were scheduled to receive degrees this spring from Oregon State University. OSU held its 145th annual commencement ceremony Saturday at Reser Stadium on its Corvallis campus.

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5/21 OBITUARIES

*Dixie F. Haack*Mary Ellen Anderson*William Morris 'Billy' Noble Jr.*Mariellen C. Shenk*Ethel May Morrill*Hope Christine Anderson*Ella Janette Lindley*Joy E. Dakin*Sally Marion Schroeder

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2014 ALL-POLK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM

PITCHERS Hatley    Logan Hatley    Dallas    The junior earned the Mid-Willamette Conference’s Pitcher of the Year award after going 6-3 with a 1.96 ERA in league play. Hatley recorded 88 strikeouts in MWC play and was the Dragons’ No. 1 starter throughout the season. The first-team Class 5A all-state selection was also a vocal leader when he wasn’t pitching and played a big role in Dallas’ 16-12 overall record. “Logan turns it on when it comes to game time and is a very reliable, strong arm every time he goes out there,” Dallas coach Scot McDonald said. Trembly    Troy Trembly    Perrydale    The junior pitcher anchored the Pirates’ staff in 2014, going 7-2 with a 1.32 ERA. Trembly recorded 68 strikeouts in 61 innings and was named second-team all-league for his efforts. Trembly also played infield for Perrydale and was a force at the plate, hitting .518 with an .815 slugging percentage. Trembly drove in 21 runs and had 25 stolen bases. “He worked hard on being a more patient hitter, taking more pitches and not giving in to pressure to try and make something happen with bad pitches,” Perrydale coach Steve Mabry said. “Pitching-wise, he solidified his mechanics, which improved his velocity. Troy was our go-to guy when we needed a big hit or a win on the mound.”    INFIELDERS Fast    Seth Fast    Dallas    The junior third baseman was one of the Dragons’ most consistent all-around players. Fast, who was named second-team all-MWC, excelled at the plate, batting .374 with 37 hits and 36 runs scored. Fast also had 17 RBIs and was dangerous once on base with 15 stolen bases. On defense, he provided a steady hand in the infield for Dallas. “Seth is a great athlete that performs well on a consistent basis,” McDonald said. Kibbey    Josh Kibbey    Dallas    The senior second baseman did more than just give the Dragons a steady presence in the infield. Kibbey also worked his way into Dallas’ pitching rotation, as both a starter and reliever during games. But his biggest impact came at the plate, where he hit .371 and drove in 21 runs, helping to give the Dragons a spark on offense. On defense, Kibbey provided a reliable hand for Dallas with a .926 fielding percentage. Kibbey earned honorable mention all-league for his efforts during the season. “Josh loves to compete and he plays the game extremely hard every day,” McDonald said. Vidal    David Vidal    Central    The senior first baseman was a leader both offensively and defensively for the Panthers. Vidal led Central in batting average (.473) and on-base percentage (.547), while striking out just three times in 55 at-bats. Vidal received second-team all-Oregon West Conference honors for his play. “David had a phenomenal year, not only at the plate, but also defensively,” Central coach Zach Miller said. “He was pitched around multiple times, but when he did get his pitch, he did a very good job for us.” Riddell    Wes Riddell    Central    The junior shortstop did a little bit of everything for the Panthers. Riddell led the Panthers in hits with 28 and RBIs with 17, was third in on-base percentage (.500) and batting average (.418). Riddell also provided a sure hand on defense as a shortstop and entered the Panthers pitching rotation as well, earning first-team all-league honors in the process. “Wes was our most consistent hitter this year and did a great job at the plate, in the infield and on the mound to keep us in some big games,” Miller said.    OUTFIELDERS Spencer    Ryan Spencer    Dallas    The senior center fielder emerged as one of Dallas’ leaders during his final year with the Dragons. Spencer hit .363 at the plate, recording 29 hits, including two triples, in 80 at-bats. His .951 fielding percentage ranked among the highest on the team. Spencer’s speed and arm strength meant he could keep runners at bay. “Ryan has a nose for the ball and it’s like the Bermuda triangle when you hit him the ball,” McDonald said. Fleming    Kyler Fleming    Central    The junior outfielder missed almost the entire nonleague season because of illness, but that didn’t slow Fleming down. He hit .385 for the season, recording 20 hits, including a home run and 11 RBIs, in 50 at-bats. Fleming, who earned first-team all-league honors, also hit the Panthers’ lone triple of the season. “Kyler came back and hit in the leadoff spot for us,” Miller said. “When we scored, it was usually started by him getting on base and making things happen.” Price        Chad Price    Perrydale    The junior outfielder played a key role for Perrydale. In center field, Price had a .963 fielding percentage, but his impact went far beyond that. Price filled in at multiple positions when needed and hit .459 from the plate. Price also had 27 stolen bases. “Having Chad back this year gave us a much-needed leadoff hitter,” Mabry said. “His ability to find his way on base was a key to our offense. Chad is a versatile player, which made him so valuable for us as he played multiple positions.”    UTILITY Fast    Elijah Taber    Dallas    Taber, a senior, excelled as the Dragons’ designated hitter. Taber hit .318 from the plate, while recording 25 RBIs on 27 hits. Taber, who hit eight doubles, also scored 20 runs for Dallas and provided the Dragons with a solid utility player. Taber earned second-team all-MWC honors for his performance during the season. “Elijah is a strong hitter,” McDonald said. “He gets good contact and can drive in runs.” Shanley    Cody Shanley    Central    Shanley didn’t see much time on defense because of Central’s depth, but the senior excelled as the Panthers’ designated hitter. He hit .400 at the plate, recording 20 hits, including two home runs. Shanley also filled in at various positions in the infield when needed, helping him earn second-team all-OWC honors. “Cody was our designated hitter all year due to our depth we had in the infield,” Miller said. “He excelled at being a DH, and in a couple games he had all our RBIs to win some key games for us down the stretch.”    CATCHER Hobgood    Aaron Hobgood    Central    The sophomore made a big impact with the Panthers, establishing himself as the team’s starter behind the plate. Hobgood’s sight and arm strength meant he could throw out runners easily, keeping opponents in check. Offensively, Hobgood hit .383 at the plate while ranking third on the team in hits with 23. He earned all-league honorable mention after becoming one of the Panthers’ leaders. “Aaron was our defensive leader on the field behind the plate and he did a great job blocking and receiving for us,” Miller said. “His bat kept us in some games and he is constantly improving his game.”    COACH McDonald    Scot McDonald    Dallas    The 15th year Dragons’ head coach entered the season with a team looking to replace nearly all of its offense after seeing 11 former players graduate. But the Dragons were up to the task, finishing 16-12 overall and 11-7 in Mid-Willamette Conference play. Dallas won games against state-playoff squads Corvallis, West Albany and Crescent Valley, and advanced to the first round of the state playoffs against Ashland. “Coach McDonald takes the time to go over the little things with you,” pitcher Logan Hatley said. “I?think that makes a big difference for us.”?    —    The 2014 All-Polk County high school baseball team was selected by Sports Editor Lukas Eggen, along with heavy input from area coaches.    

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5/7 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Road work continuing in Falls City*Q-and-A about fire bond, levy planned*Car seat clinic scheduled Saturday*Corvallis Road improvements slated*Next trimester tax payment due soon*Salvation Army opens Dallas office*Buena Vista Park will see upgrades*CTOGR receives national recognition*WVH 'Connections' van needs drivers

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5/7 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 7, 3:30 p.m. — Read to the Dog    • Thursday, May 8, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Saturday, May 10, noon — Hobby Day    • Saturday, May 10, noon — LEGO Your Saturday    • Tuesday, May 13, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    •?? Wednesday, May 7, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    •? Tuesday, May 13, 4 p.m. — Big Art for Small Hands, “Color Splash” (grades 2-6; preregistration required in order to participate)    • Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 7, 10:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)    • Tuesday, May 13, 10:15 a.m. — Toddler Storytime (ages 1-3)    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime

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7/2 OBITUARIES

*Vivian Chase*Larry Gene Dick*Louis F. Ingraham*Betty Jean Lorence*Lynn Ellen Taraskiewicz*Minerva 'Novi' Smith*Timothy S. Kiel*Guadalupe Sanchez Rosas*Alan G. Horton*Margaret Swaim Brents Snow

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Central eyes school exchanges in China

INDEPENDENCE — In efforts to encourage partnerships with Chinese students, Assistant Superintendent Rich McFarland and Central High Principal Greg Mitchell took a trip there.

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News on Falls City store may be coming soon

FALLS CITY — The cardboard sign reading “CLOSED” still is taped to the outside of Hometown Grocery in Falls City — and it appears that nothing has moved since the store’s abrupt shutdown on June 2.

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6/18 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Pedee Church is sponsoring a community garage/estate sale on June 28 at the church, 12995 Kings Valley Highway.    Donations are being accepted for the sale, or neighbors are welcome to have their own tables. The church will serve hot dogs and drinks, too. The sale will benefit church youth activities.    For more information:?503-838-4073.    —    Luckiamute Valley Charter School at Pedee held its graduation on June 6 for the eighth-grade class.    The 24 graduates will be going on to Dallas High School, Central High School, Falls City High School and other charter schools or private schools.    The graduates are Andrew Abernathy, Nik Melvin, Emily Beasley, Noah Reed, Kaitlin Creekmore, Michael Richard, Molly Fravel, Shantae Hall, Logan Glazner, Maya Saiki, Mike Hill, Caleb Sedlacek, Abby Holtrop, Mike Sieber, Winston Huber, Angel Simmons, Shawn Johnson, Win Sletten, John Lumby, Colt Streeter, Sarah Mack, Dylan Thompson, Adam Marquez and Niko Wolfe.    Niko Wolfe, Maya Saiki and Emily Beasley are on the eighth-grade honor roll, while McKenzie Johnson and Shane Mickelson are on the seventh-grade honor roll.    —    Derek Burbank graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in agriculture science on Saturday, and had a celebration with a hamburger fry at our house on June 8.    The whole family was here: his parents, Dave and Suzanne Burbank; brother, Brennan Burbank of Independence; and his Aunt Lorraine and her family from Salem. He also invited fraternity brothers Nick West and Kyle Copeland, and girlfriend Ashley Grucza — all who also graduated this year — and her parents, Scottie and Tina Grucza of Turner.    After dinner we had a loud game of cards, with our usual moaning, complaining and cheering.

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Juveniles busted in graffiti case

INDEPENDENCE — Three juveniles, all students at Talmadge Middle School, were referred on May 7 to the Polk County Juvenile Department on multiple cases of criminal mischief.

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6/11 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Ongoing — Summer Reading Program sign-ups (all ages)    • Thursday, June 12, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Saturday, June 14, noon — Hobby Day    • Saturday, June 14, noon — LEGO Your Saturday    • Tuesday, June 17, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    • Wednesday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. — “Mad Science” (at Dallas City Park)    • Wednesday, June 18, 4 p.m. — Tween Program (Pizza tasting contest) (at Dallas Civic Center)    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Ongoing — Summer Reading Program sign-ups (all ages)    • Wednesday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, June 11, 3 p.m. — “Candy Science”    • Thursday, June 12, 3 p.m. — “Slime Time”    • Friday, June 13, 3 p.m. — Teen Doodle Bot Art    • Tuesday, June 17, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    • Wednesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, June 18, 3 p.m. — “Recycled Robots”    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 11, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, June 11, 1 p.m. — Friends of the Monmouth Library Annual Meeting    • Thursday, June 12, 2 p.m. — Talk About Trees (preschool-second grade)    • Thursday, June 12, 3 p.m. — Talk About Trees (grades 3-8)    • Friday, June 13, 2 p.m. — Movie Fridays    • Tuesday, June 17, 2 p.m. — Reptile Man (at Main Street Park)    • Wednesday, June 18, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, June 18, 2 p.m. — Paper Making Program (preschool-second grade)    • Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 p.m. — Paper Making Program (grades 3-8)    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Saturday, June 14 — Ultimate Reading Challenge begins

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5/14 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Tuesday is Election Day, so if you haven’t taken the opportunity to vote, get your ballot completed and mailed or drop it off at a county elections drop site (Independence Civic Center, Monmouth Public Library or the Werner University Center at Western Oregon University) soon. Ballots must be received at the Polk County Elections Office before 8 p.m. on Tuesday in order to be counted.    —    Western Oregon University’s Spring Dance Concert held Thursday through Saturday gave us an opportunity to see so many talented dancers and choreographers who attend college in our community. Along with attending classes, studying for finals and working part-time jobs, these student dancers have been rehearsing since the beginning of winter term to present this excellent program. What a bright and shining way to celebrate the season.    —    Last Thursday, Central High School students presented “Into the Woods,” a unique fairy tale set in New York City to enthusiastic playgoers of all ages. If you weren’t able to attend last week, you’ll have the chance to see this interesting and challenging play Wednesday (today) through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Central High auditorium. For more information: 503-606-2225; www.centralperformingarts.com.    —    The Polk County Master Gardeners’ plant sale Friday and Saturday gave us the extra nudge needed to get busy with our summer garden projects. It was fun to visit with friends and neighbors and select from an excellent variety of vegetables that are tested and true for growing in our backyard garden spaces or on decks and patios. Just anticipating the good things to come from growing some of our food is enough to sustain the energy needed to get that garden planted.    —    You can have a clean and sparkling car and find some bargains nearby on Saturday. Central High School’s Young Life is holding a car wash at Les Schwab from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and a garage sale at Life Center Foursquare Church, 437 D St. in Independence from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you have any donations available for the sale, contact Ron or Prindi Flug at 503-838-3362.    —    Celebrate national historic preservation month on Sunday at Gentle House on the WOU campus beginning at 1 p.m. For more details, see the Community Notebook item on Page 10A.

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Hancock closes local forestlands due to fire season

INDEPENDENCE?— Hancock Forest Management of Independence has announced that effective July 1, all of its Northwest Oregon properties are closed to all public access until the Oregon Department of Forestry declares fire season terminated.    For more information: Hancock Forest Management Independence, 503-838-1610.    

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6/11 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 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.    • Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Forum – 12:30 to 2 p.m., Elkay Wood Products, 625 Hoffman Road, Independence. Limited to 24 attendees. 503-838-4268.    • 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.    THURSDAY, JUNE 12    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.    • 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, JUNE 13    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.    SATURDAY, JUNE 14    • Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua 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, 50 C St., Independence. 503-910-8193.    • River's Edge Music Fest — 1 to 11 p.m., Riverview Park and Amphitheater, 50 C St., Independence. All day music festival headlined by LIT and Kimberly Caldwell. Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 day of show. 503-508-6696.    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    SUNDAY, JUNE 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.    MONDAY, JUNE 16    • Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon — 11:30 a.m., Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Cost: $12. 503-623-2564.    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    TUESDAY, JUNE 17    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • 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 Wingdingers RC Flying Club -- 7 p.m., 1833 SE Miller Ave. (field next to Valley Life Church), Dallas. 503-623-7288.    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 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.    • 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.    • Bingo at the Farm — 6:30 p.m., Rogue Farms Hopyard, Chatoe Tasting Room, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Age ages welcome. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. 503-838-9813.    

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Board will let boss go if offered S-K post

DALLAS — The Dallas School District Board voted Monday to release Superintendent Christy Perry from her contract June 30 if she accepts an offer to become the superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District.

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6/25 PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. Adoption of 2014-15 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8173.    • Polk County Extension Service District Board of Directors — 1:30 p.m., OSU Extension Service office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas. Adoption of 2014-15 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8395.    THURSDAY, JUNE 26    • MINET Board of Directors — 7:30 a.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 Warren St. S., Monmouth. Adoption of 2014-15 fiscal year budget. 503-837-0700.    TUESDAY, JULY 1    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    • Dallas Urban Renewal District Advisory Committee — 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.    • Monmouth City Council — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    WEDNESDAY, JULY 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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5/7 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Jeremiah D. Foreman, 21, of Dallas on Southeast LaCreole Drive on Friday on a charge of fourth-degree assault.    • Joshua M. Barber, 22, of Independence and Brandon A. Waker, 28, of Dallas on Sunday on Southeast Dimick Street. Barber on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer; Walker on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and aggravated fourth-degree assault.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • David Espinal, 19, of Monmouth in the 700 block of Monmouth Avenue South on April 26 for minor in possession of alcohol and furnishing/providing place/giving liquor to a minor or intoxicated person.    • Jake Howard, 22, of Newberg in the 100 block of Main Street West on April 27 for prohibited exposure.    • Samuel Naffziger, 20, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Clay Street East on April 27 for minor in possession of alcohol.    • Kyler Ridge, 20, of Independence at the intersection of Pacific Highway South and Madrona Street East on April 29 for driving under the influence of intoxicants and minor in possession of alcohol.    • Kenneth Schmidt, 34, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Warren Street South on Saturday for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    • Kelsee Aganus, 20, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Whitesell Street West on Saturday for unnecessary noise during a loud party.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    • Kari Evans, 36, of Independence at the intersection of South Gun Club Road and Rhoda Lane on Friday for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.    

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6/11 OBITUARIES

*Darrell Buller*Dona Rae Cobban Aberle*George P. Theiss*Edward Fredrick Robertson*Robert Wayne Phillips*Paul James Wedel*Duane 'Sid' Leon Rich*Adele C. Zandol*Mary El-Leda (Rowell) Heath*Ruth Dodge*Jason A. Williams*Reynaldo (Ray) Esparza Garcia*Wilma Margaret Young*Charlotte K. (Eller) Marshall*Erna Fischer Yeo*Kelly Lynne Buhler*Clara Hazel Cunningham*Fred Hanneman Jr.*Kerrie Kate Jones

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6/18 ACADEMIC HONORS

*Area residents earn degrees at GFU*Dallas duo graduates from SWOCC*Farm Bureau awards scholarships*Monmouth woman on dean's list*DRV hands out three scholarships*Dallas grad earns OU recognition*Local graduates from Harvey Mudd

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2014 ALL-POLK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL TEAM

PITCHERS El-Hato    Yasmine El-Hato    Dallas    The sophomore right-hander’s 6-8 record may not seem impressive on the surface. But El-Hato led the Dragons with 52 strikeouts with an earned-run average of 2.08 in 90 2/3 innings of work and giving up an average of less than one hit per inning with two saves. El-Hato also contributed at the plate, batting .310 while finishing second for Dallas in RBIs with 31. El-Hato was named second-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference for her efforts and figures to be a force for the Dragons for years to come both with her bat and her arm. “Yasmine is a great young player who works hard at improving her athletic skills,” Dallas coach Al Perkins said. “She is developing into a great team leader.” Cole    Jenny Cole    Central    The senior pitcher played a major role for the Panthers, starting nearly every game. Cole provided stability in the circle, throwing 63 strikeouts with a 2.09 ERA during league play in 83 innings of work. Cole only committed two errors and had a fielding percentage of .923 to help lead the Panthers. “Jenny was a great motivator for our team,” Central coach Kendra George said. “She had a positive attitude that was contagious to all the girls.” The senior earned second team all-Oregon West Conference honors in her final season.    INFIELD Locke    Cheyenne Locke    Perrydale    The junior shortstop was on fire at the plate for Perrydale, batting .655 with 38 hits and 25 RBIs while stri-king out just twice. Locke had a 1.017 slugging percentage while hitting three home runs and four triples , leading to a .692 on-base percentage. Locke was also a threat once she got on base with 19 stolen bases, and was named first-team Special District 3. “Cheyenne has speed, hits for average and power. She has a great arm and plays great defense,” Perrydale coach Mike Lowry said. “She did a great job showing our team what it takes to compete.” Darr    McKenzie Darr    Dallas    As one of three seniors on Dallas’ squad, the third baseman helped lead the Dragons’ younger players during the season. But Darr was also productive at the plate, batting .427 with 35 hits and 26 RBIs. Darr was solid in the outfield as well, with a .863 fielding percentage in 157 innings. Darr was named a first-team Mid-Willamette Conference selection for her efforts. Darr plans to attend Chemeketa Community College in the fall. “McKenzie is a great young lady who shows compassion to her peers,” Perkins said. “She is a great mentor for our younger players.” Christenson    Kelsi Christenson    Central    The sophomore third baseman followed up a stellar freshman campaign by batting .491 with 28 hits, including five doubles, three triples and two home runs. Christenson also added 25 RBIs and seven stolen bases. Christenson, who was named first-team all-Oregon West Conference for her play, reached base 56.5 percent of the time, but her impact went beyond stats, working to help out teammates before and after practices and bringing a strong work ethic every day, Central coach Kendra George said. Totten    Kassidy Totten    Dallas    The junior shortstop emerged as one of the Dragons’ top threats at the plate in 2014. Totten led Dallas in hits with 42 and runs scored in 37. Her .438 batting average and 28 RBIs both ranked second. Totten was also dependable on defense, committing just six errors in 159 innings. Totten was named first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference for her play. “Kassidy is one of our hardest workers on our team,” Perkins said. “She has developed into an all-around player.”    OUTFIELD Linn    Makena Linn    Dallas    The sophomore outfielder showed growth in her second year on varsity. Linn grew into one of the league’s top outfielders after committing only one error in 160 innings. Linn developed as a threat at the plate as well, batting .397 with 29 hits and 24 RBIs as the Dragons’ No. 3 hitter. Linn also drew a team-high 20 walks and reached base 57.3 percent of the time. Linn was named second-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference for her play. “Makena is a solid defender with great instincts and a very accurate arm,” Perkins said. Grimsbo    Sierra Grimsbo    Perrydale    The senior outfielder developed into one of the Pirates’ most dependable bats, finishing second in team batting average (.479), hits (23) and on-base percentage (57.6), while ranking third in runs scored (23) and RBIs (13). But the senior’s biggest impact may not be felt until next season. Grimsbo played the role of assistant coach in the outfield, helping to teach and guide an inexperienced group of outfielders. The first-team all-Special District 3 selection is undecided about her plans for after high school. “Sierra led an outfield with very little experience and was a great example to our players about how to play at a high level,” Lowry said. Kerr    Jori Kerr    Central    The freshman outfielder didn’t take long to make her presence felt for the Panthers. Kerr received an honorable mention for the Oregon West Conference all-league team after a season that saw her commit only one error with 22 putouts, five assists and a .964 fielding percentage, establishing herself as the team’s starting right fielder. “As a freshman, I was thoroughly impressed with how Jori carried herself from day one,” George said. “We appreciated her eagerness to learn and make adjustments quickly.” Posey    UTILITY    Lizzie Posey    Dallas    The senior infielder spent 2014 at second base while covering various positions when the need arose. Posey was a leader both on and off the field, helping to settle a team that saw seven of nine positions see new players. Posey produced at the plate, batting a team-high .481 while recording 38 hits with eight doubles and three home runs in the cleanup spot. Posey was also dependable on defense, committing just five errors in 156 innings for a .957 fielding percentage. Posey was selected first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference for her efforts. Posey plans to attend beauty school in Portland in the fall. Huffman    Ryanne Huffman    Central    The junior infielder continued to be one of Central’s leaders in her third year on varsity after another strong season in 2014. Huffman batted .424 with 25 hits during the year while reaching base 59.3 percent of the time as the Panthers’ leadoff hitter. A first-team all-Oregon West Conference selection, Huffman was just as dangerous once she reached a base, recording a team-high 23 stolen bases, giving the Panthers a scoring threat every time she reached base. “Ryanne has an incredible love of the game,”?George said. “She does a great job at lead off and gets us going with her speed and energy.”    CATCHER Nash    Kylie Nash    Central    The sophomore catcher earned an honorable mention after a strong season behind the plate. Nash had a .954 fielding percentage while serving as the Panthers’ starting catcher, using her awareness and arm strength to help keep opposing runners at bay as well as helping to become a team leader. “Kylie brings spunk to our team and is always looking for the next base,” George said. “She has a great work ethic and doesn’t back down as a player, regardless of who we face on the field.”    COACH Perkins    Al Perkins    Dallas    The fifth-year head coach appeared to have a tall order in front of him. With a lineup that saw new players in seven of nine positions from the previous season, the Dragons surprised many by finishing 17-9 overall and 15-6 in Mid-Willamette Conference play, culminating with a berth in the Class 5A?state play-in round. Perkins helped guide Dallas to an 11-2 record in the month of April as the Dragons finished third in the MWC standings.    —    The 2014 all-Polk County high school softball team was selected by Itemizer-Observer Sports Editor Lukas Eggen, along with heavy input from area coaches.

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YOUR MAY 2014 BALLOT

POLK COUNTY    FIRE DISTRICT NO. 1    Five-Year Levy    Yes    No    15-Year Obligation Bond    Yes    No    —    POLK COUNTY    COMMISSIONER    Position 2    Craig A. Pope (i)    Danny Jaffer    Steve Pickering    —    POLK COUNTY    COMMISSIONER    Position 3    Mike Ainsworth (i)    Brian Werner    —    STATE SENATOR    District 10    Democrats    No candidates filed    Republicans    Jackie Winters (i)    —    HOUSE DISTRICT 10    Democrats    David Gomberg    Republicans    No candidates filed    —    HOUSE DISTRICT 20    Democrats    Paul Evans    Republicans    Karl B. Erickson    Kathy B. Goss    James Owens    Terrence Taylor    —    HOUSE DISTRICT 23    Democrats    Wanda Davis    Republicans    Jim Thompson (i)    Mike Nearman    —    GOVERNOR    Democrats    John Kitzhaber (i)    Ifeanyichukwu C. Diru    Republicans    Tim Carr    Gordon Challstrom    Bruce A. Cuff    Darren Karr    Mae Rafferty    Dennis Richardson    —    UNITED STATES CONGRESS    5th District    Democrats    Kurt Schrader (i)    Anita Brown    Republicans    Ben Pollock    Tootie Smith    —    UNITED STATES SENATE    Democrats    Jeff Merkley (i)    William Bryk    Pavel Goberman    Republicans    Mark Callahan    Jason Conger    Timothy I. Crawley    Jo Rae Perkins    Monica Wehby    (i—incumbent)

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*County gets parent education grant*Volunteers needed for festival work*Watershed group seeks parade help*Soil health workshop set for July 9*Lion's 'Duck Race' tickets on sale

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5/14 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Derek G. Henthorn, 25, of Dallas in the 100 block of Southwest Court Street on Sunday on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, reckless endangering and second-degree criminal mischief.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    • Alexandra Hand, 44, of Independence on May 5 on Marigold Drive for driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving while suspended or revoked, reckless driving and second-degree criminal mischief-criminal damage. On May 6, Hand was charged again with second-degree criminal mischief-criminal damage.    • Scott Kohn, 32, of Independence on May 7 in the 900 block of D Street for first-degree criminal mistreatment-simple assault.    • Cary Rotan, 52, of Independence on Thursday in the 400 block of South 11th Street for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.    • Robert Mathers, 39, of Dallas on Sunday in the 100 block of South 16th Street on a warrant for probation violation.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • Tevita Mafi, 23, of Monmouth on May 3 in the 100 block of Main Street West for prohibited exposure.    • Daniella Gordon, 20, of Monmouth on May 4 at the intersection of Southgate Drive South and Dalke Street East for open container, minor in possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.    • David Howard Jr., 48, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Edwards Road South for driving under the influence of intoxicants and probation violation.    • James Gehring, 27, of Monmouth on May 4 in the 500 block of Monmouth Avenue South for consumption and open container in a prohibited area.    • Lisa Dunigan, 36, of Monmouth on May 5 in the 400 block of Southgate Drive South for unlawful possession of oxycodone and third-degree theft from a building.    • Ryan Hess, 21, of Monmouth on May 6 at the intersection of Ecols Street South and Main Street East for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    

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5/7 School Notes/Academic Honors

*Final CSD kindergarten sign-up set*Dallas FFA plant sale this weekend*Medical scholarships announced*Polk trio earn credit union awards*Central grad receives MBC honor

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7/2 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Ted and Ethelene Osgood welcomed Nolan Edward, their new great-grandson, into the world on June 21. He is the son of grandson Steven Osgood and Jessica Riffle, who live in Salem.    —    Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger and their dog, Mike, traveled more than 7,400 miles in their truck camper, towing a Jeep across the states to visit family in Michigan. On the trip east, they used non-interstate roads and enjoyed all the small towns and countryside. They made stops in Washington, D.C., and took the Jeep to the top of Rocky Mountain National Park. The three-week trip was complete with lots of biting bugs, flood warnings, high winds, rain and hail, and a tornado, which touched down within a mile of them. They are happy to be back home, but are planning to do lots of camping in Oregon with family and friends this summer.    —    James and Jenny Mellein have James’ sister, Melisa Clements, and her two children, Sammy and Lory, from League City, Texas, with them for a month. They are taking them to all the sights in the area, including the Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, Gilbert House in Salem and the coast. James’ mother, Jamie Mellein, owns and trains horses in Corvallis, so they’ve gone on some horseback rides, too.    —    Donna Baldwin spotted a bear in her driveway as she was heading to church June 22. It was exciting to see, but she’s not anxious to walk the driveway now. Diane Telfer, Judy Guida and I have been hiking the logging roads and trails in the area the last several weeks, and do keep our eyes open for bears and cougars. We did see a bear track on our property recently.    —    Paul and Diane Telfer went to Bend to see their daughter Kelly, and her family, husband David and their two children, Teá and Titus. Paul’s young nephew, Micah, and niece, Selah, then came to stay with them for four days, so they went geocaching at Fort Hoskins one day. Geocaching.com says, “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.” I’ve done it myself and it’s a lot of fun. Several websites have directions.    —    Pedee Church will hold its community fun day at Kings Valley Charter School on July 12 and Vacation Bible School (VBS) the week of July 14-18. Lyndsey Zarfas is coordinating both and definitely needs help, so contact her at 541-929-5465 or via email to mrszarfas@gmail.com.

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6/18 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Craig A. Lee, 54, of Dallas on Southwest Washington Street on June 10 on a charge of felon in possession of a weapon.    • Stephanie M. Sparks, 35, of Dallas near the corner of Southwest Washington and Ellis streets on June 10 on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.    • Gaylin T. Olsen, 26, of Omak, Wash., in the 200 block of Southeast Dimick Street on June 11 on three counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, strangulation, harassment, second-degree criminal mischief, and two counts of resisting arrest.    •?Danny B. Cox, 43, of Dallas in the 500 block of East Ellendale Avenue on June 11 on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.    • Brian S. Blair, 40, of Salem in the 900 block of Main Street on Thursday on two counts of second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree theft.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    • Nathan Helt, 24, of Salem on June 7 in the 600 block of North Main Street for interfering with making a police report, second-degree criminal mischief-criminal damage and physical harassment.    • Lee Monson, 65, of Albany on June 8 at the intersection of Independence Way and Corvallis Road for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    •?Brittany Thurston, 25, of Independence on June 10 in the 1400 block of E Street for second-degree child neglect.    • Jose Vera-Mendez, 63, of Monmouth on June 13 at Hi-School Pharmacy, 1357 Monmouth St., for third-degree theft, shoplifting.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • On June 11 in the 300 block of Monmouth Avenue North, Timothy Ashworth, 20, of Monmouth, Madelyn Hay, 19, of Monmouth, Gabriel Heredia, 19, of Monmouth, Brandon Marquez, 19, of Monmouth and Blayke Swearingen, 18, of Keizer were all cited for minor in possession of alcohol.    • Lester Wollschlaeger, 68, of Portland on June 12 at the intersection of Pacific Highway North and Church Street East for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, reckless endangering-disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief-vandalism and refusal of test for intoxicants.    

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6/18 NEWS IN BRIEF

*WOU leader parade's grand marshal*Road work slated near Highway 223*Gas pipeline work project under way

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6/18 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. — “Mad Science” (at Dallas City Park)    • Wednesday, June 18, 4 p.m. — Tween Program (Pizza tasting contest) (at Dallas Civic Center)    • Thursday, June 19, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Tuesday, June 24, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    • Wednesday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. — “Science Explosions” (at Dallas Civic Center)    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, June 18, 3 p.m. — “Recycled Robots”    • Thursday, June 19, 3 p.m. — “Mad Science: Spin, Boom, Pop!”    • Friday, June 20, 3 p.m. — Teen Program: “Teens Rock & Roll”    • Tuesday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    • Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, June 25, 3 p.m. — “Rocket Science”    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 18, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, June 18, 2 p.m. — Paper Making Program (preschool-second grade)    • Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 p.m. — Paper Making Program (grades 3-8)    • Thursday, June 19, noon — Tween Lunch Book Club    • Friday, June 20, 2 p.m. — Movie Fridays    • Tuesday, June 24, 2 p.m. — Mad Science Show    • Wednesday, June 25, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Thursday, June 19, 9:45 a.m. — Summer Reading Program: “Mad Science”    • Tuesday, June 24, 11 a.m. — Storytime (grades K-6)    • Wednesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. — Storytime (preschool)    

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7/2 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It’s almost time to say, “Happy Birthday, USA!”    We’re eagerly anticipating the next several days as we get ready to celebrate Independence Day in MI Town. Main Street Park in Monmouth will be transformed into a marketplace with booths, displays, plenty of live music and something for everyone to enjoy. Independence’s Riverview Park is ready for the annual celebration and two fireworks displays, and we’ll all be waiting for the sun to go down and the shows to begin.    We’ll be at Main Street Park in Monmouth Thursday evening to spread blankets on the grass and open picnic baskets. The Willamette Valley Concert Band, directed by Dr. Richard Sorenson, will play at 6:30 p.m. Our appetites are whetted and ready for the fireman’s breakfast first thing on Friday morning, where we’ll meet and greet friends and neighbors for some good conversation and a hearty breakfast. What a wonderful opportunity to show everyone our excellent fire station, where a great group of friends and neighbors are always prepared and ready in case of any emergency in MI Town.    Over the years, I’ve watched and participated in parades in small towns and metropolitan cities from coast to coast, and absolutely nothing comes even close to MI Town’s annual Fourth of July celebration. There is nothing quite like this parade for the sheer joy and fun of seeing our friends and neighbors get together and share in the pure happiness of celebration and honoring our great nation’s birthday.    Celebrating our nation’s birthday gives us all an opportunity to share in the very best MI Town can be — and to be able to spend a couple of days showing friends, family and neighbors what truly constitutes a great example of two communities working together.    —    Recently, some good Samaritans were out for an early morning walk in Independence when they saw a cat giving birth right on the sidewalk. They were able to get the cat and kittens into a container and took them to Ash Creek Animal Clinic, where they have all been tenderly cared for by certified veterinary technician Stephanie Lindsley.    We all envision mama cats and kittens on pillow-soft beds, surrounded by happy children, and it’s sad to see such stark reality of abandoned animals out there without a place to call home. Those four little surviving kittens and the mama cat will need someone to care for them soon. If there’s room in your heart and home, please stop by Ash Creek Clinic during office hours.    —    The county fair is next month. Stop by the fairgrounds and pick up a copy of the exhibitor book, which is available at the Polk County Fair office, on Highway 99W in Rickreall.

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5/28 PUBLIC AGENDA

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, MAY 28    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    THURSDAY, MAY 29    • MINET Budget Committee — 9 a.m., Independence Civic Center, downstairs conference room, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-837-0700.    • Polk County Extension Service Budget Committee — 1:30 p.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    MONDAY, JUNE 2    • Central School District Board of Directors — 6:30 p.m., Henry Hill Education Support Center, 750 S. Fifth St., Independence. 503-838-0030.    • Dallas School Board — 6:30 p.m., Dallas School District office board room, 111 SW?Ash St., Dallas. Special meeting to discuss appointing an interim superintendent. 503-623-5594.    • 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, JUNE 3    • 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, JUNE 4    • 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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Clues lead to juvenile criminals

DALLAS — Two juveniles accused of breaking into Dallas High School and Whitworth Elementary School and stealing cash and electronics left a big clue behind for police.

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REUNION ROUNDUP

• Central High School Class of 1974 — 40th class reunion scheduled Saturday, July 12, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Oak Tree Restaurant at Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22, Independence. All classmates and their spouses are welcome. Dinner (prime rib, chicken, salmon or vegetarian) and a no-host bar. Cost: $35 per person. For more information: DeAnn (Cobine) Ainsworth, 503-623-2616; Rick Cornish, 503-510-4035; or Sally (Raffety) Dunkin, 503-623-5659.    • Dallas High School Class of 1974 — 40th class reunion scheduled Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. No-host social July 25 at 7 p.m. at North Dallas Bar and Grill; golf at Oak Knoll Golf Course on July 26 (contact Chuck Burns, 503-949-2055, or email to seajay46@hotmail.com for information); barbecue at Oak Knoll Golf Course on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. with a cost of $30 per person (RSVP by July 15 by contacting Rhonda Ingraham Samson at 503-623-5731 or Sandy Wilske Coleman at 503-910-9567); Breakfast in the Park July 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Dallas City Park during Summerfest.    • Sheridan High School Class of 1964 — 50th class reunion scheduled Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. July 26 events include golf at Cross Creek Golf Course in Dallas, tours of Sheridan High School and Sheridan Museum of History, and an evening celebration at Golden Valley Restaurant in McMinnville. Sunday events include a picnic in Sheridan. For more information: Ed Brandt, 503-623-5153; email to edgarbrandt@q.com; www.shs-alumni-scholarships.org.    • Central High School Class of 1994 —20-year reunion activities scheduled Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9. Aug. 8 adults-only dinner in Independence; Aug. 9 tour of Central High School and family picnic at Gentle Woods Park in Monmouth. For more information or to register: email to CentralClassof1994@gmail.com; http://CentralClassof1994.wordpress.com.    • Dallas High School Class of 1959 — 55th class reunion scheduled Aug. 15-17. For more information: Margaret Link, 503-623-9338; Alvera Blanchard, 503-623-8284.    • Dallas High School Class of 1969 — 45th class reunion scheduled July 18-20. For more information: Lorrie Parker Birdsong at: lorriebirdsong@yahoo.com.    --    Submit your class reunion announcement information via email to ionews@polkio.com, fax to 503-623-2395, or drop it off in person at the I-O office, 147 SE Court St., Dallas.

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6/25 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The Polk County Saddle-ites Saddle Club has planned another fabulous Poker Ride for Saturday in the Pedee area.    Registration will start at 8 a.m. at Jerry Mentzer’s place on Pedee Creek Road, with the first rider going out at 9 a.m. and the last at 11 a.m. There will be lots of great prizes to be presented at 3 p.m. The long loop is approximately three hours and the short loop an hour.    For more details, call club president Karen Porter at 503-606-0471 or visit them on Facebook.    —    Sam and Judy Guida flew to Houston for a week to visit family and celebrate Sam's 77th birthday.    They visited son Tony, who took them on a tour of the advertising agency where he is director of digital media, then stayed a few days with son John and daughter-in-law Gina and their children and met 5-week-old granddaughter Josephine.    With six children in the house under the age of 10, it was a bit louder than what Sam is used to, but he survived. The remaining time they stayed with Sam’s brother Joe and his wife and had a chance to spend the day with Florida cousins who happened to be in Houston.    It is crawfish season there, so the family had a crawfish feast, with lots of laughter and sun.    —    Fred Weisensee and Leonard Foltz, owners of Dancing Oaks Nursery, are getting ready for their annual Summer Garden Festival, which will be July 12.    Don’t miss this chance to meander through an amazingly beautiful garden and visit artists with unique items for sale, while helping Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools.    Musicians will be performing under the gazebo and pies of every variety made by the Pedee Women’s Club will be available by the slice. A silent auction will be held in the plaza to benefit the schools.    Fred and Leonard are looking forward to seeing everyone for the Summer Garden Festival on July 12.

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Amateur radio on display

DALLAS — The Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADS) will conduct its annual field day beginning Saturday at 6 a.m. and running through Sunday at 10 p.m. in Dallas City Park.

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5/14 PUBLIC AGENDA

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, MAY 14    • 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. 101.    • Polk County Fire District No. 1 Budget Committee — 6:30 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-1510.    • Monmouth Park and Recreation Board — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    THURSDAY, MAY 15    • MINET Budget Committee — 9 a.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-837-0700.    • Dallas Economic Development Commission — Noon, City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.    • Polk County Fair Board — 5:30 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-3048.    • Independence Parks and Recreation Board — 6 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.    • Monmouth Arts and Culture Committee — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    • Polk County Fire District No. 1 Board — 7:30 p.m., Central Station 90, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-1510.    MONDAY, MAY 19    • 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.    • Dallas City Budget Committee — 6 p.m., City Hall, 187 SE Court St., Dallas. 503-831-3502.    • 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, MAY 20    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    • Independence Historic Preservation Commission — 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, MAY 21    • 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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7/2 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Brian S. Blair, 40, of Dallas on Southwest Ash Street on June 23 on a charge of theft III.    • Cassandra R. Hildebrand, 32, of Dallas on Northwest Kings Valley Highway on June 23 on a charge of shoplifting for an incident that occurred on May 3.    • Daxton L. Cobalis, 42, and Aalyssa M. Schimming, 23, both of Dallas, on Main Street on June 25 on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct.    • William G. Dowdell, 46, of Monmouth on Southwest Washington Street on Thursday on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants and refusal of test for intoxicants.    • Steven D. Kibbey, 38, of Dallas on Southwest Clay Street on Saturday on a charge of criminal trespass I.    • Stephanie A. Williams, 32, of Dallas on Southwest Walnut Avenue on Saturday for unlicensed tattooing.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    • Kyle Dryden, 25, of Independence on June 21 in the 500 block of South Main Street on a warrant for failure to appear.    • Hassan Hamadallah, 22, of Monmouth on Thursday in the 0-99 block of C Street for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.    • Jeremy Taylor, 26, of Independence on Friday in the 1000 block of Monmouth Street for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.    • Ashley Mudong, 28, of Independence on Friday in the area of North Ash and Williams streets for carrying a concealed weapon (spring-assisted knife) in her purse after reports of a smaller female with a knife chasing a larger male.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • Ronald Crawford, 24, of Corvallis on June 19 in the 200 block of Ecols Street South for first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sodomy. He is lodged in Polk County Jail on $500,000 bail.    • Salman Al Jabr, 24, of Monmouth on June 23 in the 100 block of Main Street West for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and failure to carry or present an operator’s license.    • Tyler Carter, 26, of Salem on June 23 at the intersection of South Pacific Highway West and Stapleton Road for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    • Kyle Parkin, 36, of Salem on June 24 in the 200 block of Jackson Street East on a bench warrant for failure to appear.    • Lisa Dunigan, 36, of Monmouth on June 25 in the 400 block of Southgate Drive South for second-degree child neglect, a warrant for probation violation and unlawful possession of oxycodone.    • Trevor Ferge, 22, of Salem on June 25 at the intersection of North 16th Street and Marigold Drive for failure to return a suspended/revoked/cancelled license.    • Abdullah Alghanem, 21, of Monmouth on Thursday in the 600 block of Church Street West for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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May 20 election results to be posted

POLK COUNTY — Local results from the May 20 vote-by-mail primary election in Polk County will be available Tuesday night via three sources:    • Log on to the Polk County Clerk’s website, www.co.polk.or.us/electionresults, for up-to-the-minute results, with the first numbers posted just after 8 p.m.    • The Itemizer-Observer newspaper will post election results on its Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Polk-County-Itemizer-Observer/205062686252209) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/PolkIONews) pages just after 8 p.m.    

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School-based health center OK’d

INDEPENDENCE — A school-based health center was approved by the Central School Board Monday night 5-2, with Jerry Shinkle and Donn Wahl dissenting.

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6/4 PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4    • 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, JUNE 9    • Dallas School Board — 6:30 p.m., Dallas School District office board room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-9664, ext. 2334.    TUESDAY, JUNE 10    • 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, JUNE 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. 101.    • Monmouth Park and Recreation Board — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    

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5/21 School Notes/Academic Honors

*Dallas High choir slated to perform*Scholarships offered by theater*Pauls named to Goshen dean's list*Baker recognized for strong grades*Local students join honor society

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5/28 SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Kindergarten registration begins*School set to dedicate legacy trail*Ash Creek teachers to be honored*Chemeketa picks interim president*Party for retiring superintendent set*School promotion, graduation set*Independence man receives degree*Dallas grad makes SPU dean's list

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6/25 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Crash claims life of vehicle driver*Online permit owrkshop scheduled*Land management seminar slated*Skeet shooting fundraiser planned*Watershed group seeks parade help

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7/2 PUBLIC AGENDA

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, JULY 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.    MONDAY, JULY 7    • Central School District Board of Directors — 6:30 p.m., Henry Hill Education Support Center, 750 S. Fifth 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, JULY 8    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    • Falls City School Board — 5:30 p.m. executive session, 6:30 p.m. regular meeting, Falls City High School Resource Room, 111 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3521, ext. 304.    • 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, JULY 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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5/7 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Pete and LaVerne Bennett met several high school friends at Murphy's Grill in Dallas for lunch on April 28. Among those attending was Kay Wells Aniker, who grew up in Pedee in the house where Daniel and Heidi Russell now live. LaVerne, her brother Donald, and Kay went to school together from first grade in Pedee to graduation at Dallas High; Pete came to Pedee from Kings Valley in the third grade. They were in the 1957 graduating class.    —    Dorothy McBeth is home recovering from having a pacemaker installed. She didn’t realize she had a problem until a home nurse came to give her a checkup and discovered she had a very low pulse, so off to the doctor she went. Her family has been taking good care of her.    —    Derek Burbank, son of Dave and Suzanne Burbank, will be graduating from Oregon State University this year. He got a summer job as a firefighter and will be based in Enterprise. He’s happy about that since he will need to go another year at OSU and work on his master’s degree to be able to teach.    —    Late-breaking Easter news: Steve and Audrey Cameron celebrated Easter with all their kids. They started out with Clayton and Stephanie, Ana and Noah coming over on April 19 to color eggs and hide them and enjoy Easter dinner on the farm. They loved Grandma’s baby lambs and playing a softball game in the “back pasture.” After church on April 20, Steve and Audrey drove to Bull Mountain to celebrate with an Easter dinner for sons Chris and Bob and Bob’s family. They colored eggs again and enjoyed those grandkids, and then took Bob’s kids over to see “Uncle James” and his family in Milwaukie. They got home a little late, but had a wonderful weekend with the kids and grandkids.

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6/11 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

These beautiful summer mornings bring many blessings and benefits to those who awaken early to savor the perfection of a brand spanking new day.    There’s something so delightful and almost awesome about the morning sounds of birds and the freshness of a summer breeze, with the anticipation of the day to come. It’s good to savor some quiet time while the rest of the household sleeps before the busyness begins.    —    I’d like to take the opportunity to wish our Central High School graduates congratulations and best wishes as they go forward into their future, with the love and respect of their families, friends and teachers.    We’ve been very fortunate to know so many neighborhood kids — to see them grow into the young adults they are becoming.    There are many opportunities that await our new graduates — whether they choose to enter the working world, military service, vocational school or college. There are places you will go, things you will see and do, and we hope that a bright and shiny future awaits you.    —    Our gardens are growing by leaps and bounds and the apple trees in the backyard promise lots of good things to come. The grapevines are full of the tiny clusters that will materialize all too quickly into bowls of fresh grapes. Standing knee-deep in June in MI Town makes all the long winter rains and damp springtime days almost worth it. The future plans of backyard barbecues, concerts in the parks, movies at the amphitheater and endless glasses of lemonade make every day better than the day before.    —    Many MI Town families depend on school lunch programs to provide their children a meal during the school year. In this uncertain economy, the good news is that lunches will continue to be provided locally through Aug. 22.    For Independence students, lunches are served at noon at Colonial Amistad, 30 S. Gun Club Road; Henry Hill Support Center, 750 Fifth St.; Independence Elementary School, 150 S. Fourth St.; and Park West Apartments, 1036 E St. Monmouth locations are at Ash Creek Elementary, 1360 16th St. and Monmouth Elementary School, 958 Church St. E.    For more information: Mike Vetter, director of Central School District food service, 503 606-2348; or via email to mvetter@centralk12.or.us.    —    We’re looking forward to celebrating granddaughter Katie Zimmerman’s graduation from Oregon State University on Saturday. Katie will be receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and we are very proud of all she has accomplished.    As those of us who are a certain age will agree — the years have flown by all too quickly, but they have been such fun, and we look forward to the future.    

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6/25 CORRECTIONS

• In a story headlined “Independence garners All-America city honor,” which appeared on Page 2A of the June 18 Itemizer-Observer, Jahedin Potter-Clark’s name was misspelled. The I-O regrets the error.    • A Business Notebook brief headlined “Sweeny’s pub under new ownership,” which appeared on Page 7A of the June 18 Itemizer-Observer, needs to be clarified. BT Adventures LLC has applied for a liquor license for the pub, but the sale has not been finalized. The I-O regrets the error.    • In a story headlined “Habitat restoration planned for butterfly,” which appeared on Page 3A of the June 11 Itemizer-Observer, the wrong contact number for Polk Soil and Water Conservation District’s Resource Conservationist Marc Bell was listed. It should have read 503-623-9680, ext. 103. The I-O regrets the error.    —    The Polk County Itemizer-Observer is committed to publishing accurate news, feature and sports reports. If you see anything that requires a correction or clarification, call the newsroom at 503-623-2373 or send an e-mail to kholland@polkio.com.

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6/18 BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Tyco building generating interest*Mexican restaurant opens in Dallas*Council approves Sweeny's pub liquor application

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6/25 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

For those who think they have a few good — and even great — ideas about what they would do if they were responsible for determining what should be done in MI Town’s communities, here’s your chance.    There are vacancies on various boards, councils and commissions, and you can find out all you need to know about participating in the election process this fall by checking either the city of Monmouth or city of Independence websites, or stopping by city hall during regular business hours.    Everyone is also welcome at city council meetings, where the agenda and previous meeting notes are available online, as well. We can all make a difference, but first it’s necessary to get involved.    —    We’ve all been spoiled this summer by clear blue skies and soft warm breezes, and when we’re blindsided by rainstorms and dark clouds, it’s hard to recall that June weather is typically on again, off again.    Those of us who have lived in Oregon for many years know that, no matter what the calendar says, summer doesn’t really happen until after the Fourth of July. Warm and sunny days are a wonderful bonus this time of year.    —    Speaking of the Fourth of July, we’re eager to celebrate America’s birthday in MI Town as both of our communities have so many outstanding and fun events planned for everyone to share. Celebrating any season in our small towns is wonderful, but I can’t think of wanting to celebrate the Fourth of July anywhere else. Next week’s Itemizer-Observer will publish a schedule of all events in Polk County, and we’ll do our best to attend as many as we can.    —    Concerts in the parks and at the amphitheater are coming soon, and we’re all looking forward to picnics, movies and music under the stars.    —    Independence should be celebrating the wonderful honor of recently being chosen as an All-American City, and that’s due to the effort of so many people that our community can receive this award.    Sadly, despite all the good things happening in MI Town, the dog of a woman serving our country in the U.S. Navy has been poisoned, and the family members — plus those of us who love our pets — are grieving this terrible crime.    After determination by the family’s veterinarian that this dog ingested poison that caused suffering and death, Independence Police are following up on this criminal act. Perhaps by the time this edition of the I-O is in your mailboxes, the perpetrator will be caught and charges will have been filed.    Contact the Independence Police Department if you have any information regarding this cruel and heartless criminal activity. No pet is safe from harm until the person who committed this horrible crime is arrested.    

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6/4 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Project ACHIEVE thanks supporters*Tannery demolition is more lost history*Avenue of Flags tribute top notch*NALC appreciates M-I food donations

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Operation T-shirt makes difference

POLK COUNTY — Operation T-shirt just delivered a record amount of clothing to Jinett’s Clothing Closet at the Church of the Nazarene, 341 NE Kings Valley Highway, Dallas.

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6/4 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4    • 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.    • 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.    • Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need. 503-689-7222.    • Western Oregon Symphony — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Admission: general, $3; students and seniors, $1; WOU students, free with ID. 503-838-8275.    THURSDAY, JUNE 5    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 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.    • 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.    • Western Oregon Winds — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth St., Monmouth. Admission: general, $3; students and seniors, $1; WOU students, free with ID. 503-838-8275.    FRIDAY, JUNE 6    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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.    • Western Hemisphere Voices — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. “Top 40 Hits.” Admission: general, $3; students and seniors, $1; WOU students, free with ID. 503-838-8275.    SATURDAY, JUNE 7    • Polk Pedalers Bicycle Club Ride — 8 a.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. Round-trip ride from Dallas to Buena Vista Ferry (40 miles, moderate difficulty). All are welcome, but children must have an adult; bring a helmet. Free. 503-623-6533.    • Rickreall Summer Gun Show — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: Adults, $5; children under 12, free. 503-623-3048.    • 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., Umpqua 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, downtown 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.    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • Dave Douglas with the Western Hemisphere Orchestra — Smith Fine Arts Series — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Acclaimed trumpet player performs. Tickets: Adults, $25 in advance, $28 at the door; students, $11. 503-838-8333.    SUNDAY, JUNE 8    • Rickreall Summer Gun Show — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: Adults, $5; children under 12, free. 503-623-3048.    • Rickreall Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rickreall Grange Hall parking lot, 280 Main St. (Highway 99W), Rickreall. 503-881-9950.    • Western Oregon Chamber Singers and Concert Choir — 4 p.m., Smith Music Hall, Recital Room 121, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. “Brahms Meets Brubeck” features music about romantic love and the love of nature. Tickets: general, $3; students and seniors, $1; WOU students, free with ID. 503-838-8876.    MONDAY, JUNE 9    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    TUESDAY, JUNE 10    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • Caregivers Support Group — 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Free. 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, JUNE 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.    • Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Forum — 12:30 to 2 p.m., Elkay Wood Products, 625 Hoffman Road, Independence. RSVP required by June 6; limited to 24 attendees. 503-838-4268.    • 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.

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Jones eyes District 23 seat

DALLAS — Dallas resident Beth Jones is seeking the nomination of the Independent Party of Oregon to run for Oregon House District 23.

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6/18 OBITUARIES

*Kelly Lynne Buhler*Clara Hazel Cunningham*Kerrie K. Jones*Virgil L. Loken*Carol Henderson*Bonnie Jean Garretson*Chan Edward Mendenhall

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6/4 OBITUARIES

*Judith A. Segura*Vivian L. Hanson*William Morris 'Billy' Noble Jr.*Adele C. Zandol*Caren Sue (Baughman) Christensen*Geraldine McReynolds*Wanda Laura Sathoff Hughes*Sally Marion Schroeder*Thomas Glenn Knight*Marjorie Taylor*Mark Drummer LeFors*Fred 'Sonny' Hanneman Jr.*Dona Rae Cobban Aberle*Robert Wayne Phillips

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5/7 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Last weekend certainly was a busy one, with baseball games, school events, the Friends of the Monmouth Library book sale, the Monmouth Garden Club plant sale, and the community breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center.    We all needed that good and hearty breakfast to provide energy for those and all the other activities happening in MI Town.    Western Oregon University and Central High School students have survived mid-terms and are looking forward to the end of the school year, with graduations and ever so many events on the horizon.    —    MI Town is alive with the sounds of lawn mowers and weed whackers, and there are days you wonder if the weeds are winning the battle in every neighborhood. For gardeners, those bright, warm and sunny days were a mixed blessing — the weeds seem to grow faster than the flowers, and it’s a challenge to stay ahead of the game.    This is truly the season of renewal in so many ways, and a day in the yard will bring so many rewards for each of us and for our neighbors, who will welcome an opportunity to chat over the back fence and take a welcome break.    —    It’s definitely time to get the garden ready for planting, as the Polk County Master Gardener Plant sale is scheduled for this weekend. Parking and admission are free, and more than 50 varieties of tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and other wonderful growing things will be available Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Building C.    With Mother’s Day on Sunday, here’s your opportunity to find just the right hanging basket or plants for a special gift that will be long remembered. There are also many items available at the Country Store, as well, so this can be truly a one-stop shopping trip for everyone in your entire family.    A special bonus of this event is that funds from the plant sale will benefit all libraries in Polk County.    —    Along with the flowers and trees, lots of election campaign signs have been sprouting all over MI Town. You should have received your ballot in the mailbox, so vote for the candidate who you believe is qualified and can do the best job. Take the time to read the voters’ pamphlet that was recently delivered, so you can make a decision based on facts instead of myth and folklore. Ballots must be returned by May 20, so don’t forget this important deadline.    —    The outdoor concerts and other activities are coming up soon in both Independence and Monmouth. There’s nothing more fun than packing a picnic and enjoying live music and movies on summer evenings in MI Town.    

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Superintendent search kicks off

DALLAS — The Dallas School Board will appoint an interim superintendent to temporarily replace outgoing superintendent Christy Perry through the 2014-15 school year.

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6/4 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Thursday, June 5, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Thursday, June 5, noon — Book Discussion Group    • Tuesday, June 10, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Friday, June 6 — Summer Reading Program sign-ups begin    • Tuesday, June 10, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    • Wednesday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, June 11, 3 p.m. — Candy Science    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Tuesday, June 10, 2 p.m. — Family Builder’s Club (for all ages)    • Tuesday, June 10, 6 p.m. — Food Preservation and Food Safety class presented by Polk County-OSU?Extension Service    • Wednesday, June 11, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, June 11, 1 p.m. — Friends of the Monmouth Public Library Annual Meeting    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Call library for upcoming schedule of programs and events.

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5/14 NEWS IN BRIEF

*County road projects will continue*Dallas will showcase departments*Health care presentation scheduled*Thompson receives honor from OSU

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6/25 BIRTHS

*Cavender*Tucker*Bowers*Wellman*Perez Bucio*Owens-Gordon*McFadzen*Rose*Wilder*Eisele

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1/15 NEWS IN BRIEF

*Food connection event scheduled*Soil health workshop set for Jan. 22*Extension district will meet Jan. 22*Local teen up for state dairy honor

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5/28 OBITUARIES

*Mike Winters*Joy E. Dakin*Mariellen C. Shenk*Hope Christine Anderson*Adele C. Zandol*Judith A. Segura*Neoma Chrisman Reynolds Robertson*Lucille (Lou) Katherine Gates

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Dallas will pass on intern

DALLAS — The city of Dallas will forgo applying for a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) intern due to concern about finding a suitable funding source before the application is due Friday.

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5/28 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Tina M. Trenholm, 45, of Dallas in the 100 block of Southwest Court Street on May 18 on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass.    • Aaron B. Lara, 27, of Cornelius in the 100 block of West Ellendale Avenue on May 20 on charges of failure to carry or present an operator’s license, driving while suspended and driving uninsured.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    No incidents reported.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • Antoinne Bbayaga, 25, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Stadium Drive North on May 16 for unnecessary noise regarding a loud party.    • Jasmine Zangari, 19, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Walnut Drive South on May 16 for minor in possession of alcohol.    • Emily Martin, 19, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Walnut Drive South on May 16 for minor in possession of alcohol.    • Gabriel Barnes, 21, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Catron Street North on May 17 for unnecessary noise regarding a loud party.    • Cammie Bardy, 18, of Monmouth in the 300 block of Clay Street West on May 20 for second-degree disorderly conduct, physical harassment and third-degree criminal mischief.    • David Ascencio Estrada, 20, of Independence in the 400 block of Main Street East on May 20 for failure to carry or present an operator’s license.    • Julie Roop-Smith, 56, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Powell Street East on May 21 for failure to carry or present an operator’s license.    • Gary Jackson, 47, of Monmouth at the intersection of Edwards Road South and Main Street East on Thursday for driving while suspended or revoked.    • Erinn Finn, 35, of Monmouth in the 400 block of Main Street West on Thursday for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.    • Ryan Ehrenfelt, 20, of Monmouth in the 500 block of Ackerman Street West on Friday for two counts of second-degree criminal trespass and one count of minor in possession of alcohol.

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Falls City to become garage sale mecca

FALLS CITY — If, to paraphrase an old adage, one person’s “garage sale merchandise” is another person’s “treasure,” there may be plenty of treasure to be found in Falls City this weekend.

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5/14 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, MAY 14    • 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 to 1 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Lunch provided; RSVP requested. 503-838-4268.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    THURSDAY, MAY 15    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 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.    • 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.    • Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce After-Hours Mixer — 5:30 to 7 p.m., Arena Sports Bar & Grill, 174 Main St., Independence. 503-838-4268.    • American Legion Women’s Auxiliary — 6:30 p.m., Academy Building, room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 209-985-4341.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    • 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, MAY 16    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    SATURDAY, MAY 17    • 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, downtown Independence. 503-910-8193.    • Polk County Historical Society — 1:30 p.m., Polk County Museum, 560 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-6251.    • Perrydale Parents Club Garden Gala Dinner and Auction — 4 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds &?Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Includes silent auction at 4 p.m., dinner and live auction at 6 p.m. Tickets:?$30. 503-623-2040.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    SUNDAY, MAY 18    • 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, MAY 19    • Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon — 11:30 a.m., Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Cost: $12. 503-623-2564.    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    TUESDAY, MAY 20    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • 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, MAY 21    • 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.    • 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.    • Bingo at the Farm — 6:30 p.m., Rogue Farms Hopyard, Chatoe Tasting Room, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. All ages welcome. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. 503-838-9813.    

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CORRECTIONS

In a Letter to the Editor headlined “’Fill the Bus’ food drive big success,” which appeared on Page 4A of the June 11 issue of the Itemizer-Observer, Boy Scout Troop 38 was misidentified. The error was due to an editing mistake. The I-O regrets the error.    —    The Polk County Itemizer-Observer is committed to publishing accurate news, feature and sports reports. If you see anything that requires a correction or clarification, call the newsroom at 503-623-2373 or send an e-mail to kholland@polkio.com.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Dallas schools benefit from eScrip*Summer tours of WOU are available*Locals receive diplomas from UO*Richmond earns degree from HSU*Rodriguez completes work at UPS*Dallas resident gets nursing degree

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5/14 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Thompson doing good job in office*Jaffer well qualified to be commissioner*Thompson works well with others*Thompson supports small businesses*HD 23 incumbent deserves your vote*Re-elect Pope for BOC Position 2*Government pulling one over on people*Thomspon proven to be ethical man*Thompson's values never in question

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5/7 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Pope has a proven track record in area*Evans clear choice for House Dist. 20*Jaffer well-qualified to be commissioner*Ainsworth, Jaffer a can't-miss duo*Sign removal isssue impedes our voice*Collaboration will be a key for Jaffer*Ainsworth looking for real solutions*Dog owners should obey leash laws*Incumbent on BOC working hard for us*Jaffer, Ainsworth will work for all*Re-elect Thompson state representative*Serving citizens at heart of Ainsworth*Don't be misled by campaign rumors*Polk No. 1 request worthy of support*State rep. has been sincere and honest*Ads unfairly attack District 23 leader*Ainsworth's service to others stands out*Jaffer good choice for county position*Dist. 23 race about results or gridlock*Jaffer will represent all as commissioner*Keep strong BOC team together*Jaffer a modern leader for county*Don't be deceived, vote for Thompson

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6/25 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 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.    • WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: JT and the Tourists. Free apple/peach crisp dessert; lunch available for purchase. 503-838-8514.    • 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.    • Yoga in the Hopyard — 6 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hop-yard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Offered on the last Wednesday of every month. Free; bring your own yoga mat. 503-838-9813.    THURSDAY, JUNE 26    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.    • 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, JUNE 27    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.    SATURDAY, JUNE 28    • Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua 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, downtown 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.    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone in Concert — 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Event Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. 1960s rock act performs. Tickets: $25 and up; 21 and over. 503-879-2350.    SUNDAY, JUNE 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.    • Rogue Farms Salmon Bake and Concert — 3 to 6 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Music from the Morgan Band from 3 to 6 p.m.; dinner served at 4 p.m. Cost: $25. 503-241-3800.    MONDAY, JUNE 30    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    TUESDAY, JULY 1    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.    WEDNESDAY, JULY 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.    • WOU Summer Heatwave Concert Series — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Western Oregon University, Werner University Center Plaza, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Performer: Jackson Michelson. Free marionberry cobble dessert; lunch available for purchase. 503-838-8514.    • 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.    • Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need. 503-689-7222.    

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6/11 POLICE REPORT

DALLAS    Arrests/Citations     Chelsea R. Carr, 23, of Dallas in the 300 block of Northeast Kings Valley Highway on June 1 on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass.     Ivan Roberto Garcia Dominguez, 26, of Dallas in the 400 block of Northeast A Street on June 3 on a Salem Municipal Court warrant.     Christopher E. Richardson, 32, of Dallas in the 1100 block of Southwest Maple Street on Saturday on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations     Alfredo Rodarte-Cruz, 22, of Independence in the 1100 block of D Street on May 31 for unlawful possession of marijuana, less than one ounce.     Ashley Yarbrough, 18, of Independence in the 1300 block of F Street on June 3 for fourth-degree assault and reckless endangering for shooting a BB gun out of her bedroom window on May 26, striking an 8-year-old boy across the street.     Tracy Campbell, 42, of Orville, Calif., in the 1600 block of Monmouth Street on Thursday for unlawful possession of marijuana, less than one ounce.     Lee Monson, 65, of Albany at the intersection of Independence Way and Corvallis Road on Sunday for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations     On May 31 at the intersection of Heffley Street South and Gwinn Street East, the following were cited for minor in possession of alcohol: Devon Alexander, 19, of Monmouth; Hanelle Crites, 18, of Monmouth; Erin Dobson, 19, of Monmouth; and Amber Parker, 19, of Monmouth.     On June 1 in the 1000 block of Bentley Street East, the following were cited for minor in possession of alcohol: Avery Bongiorno, 19, of Hillsboro; Katherine Helyer, 19, of Monmouth; Jeffrey Jackson, 18, of Falls City; Isaiah Stewart, 18, of Hillsboro; and Madisyn Miller, 19, of Monmouth.     Adam Carrillo, 36, of Independence at the intersection of Craven Street North and Jackson Street East on June 4 for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and failure to return a suspended/revoked/cancelled license.     Hugh McElhone, 52, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Atwater Street South on June 4 for having a dog as a public nuisance.     Daniel Chavez, 28, and John Chavez, 25, both of Monmouth, in the 700 block of Gentle Court East on June 4 both for fourth-degree assault, physical harassment and second-degree disorderly conduct.     Robert Savoy III, 21, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Whitesell Street West on Thursday for unnecessary noise.     Joshua Rojas, 35, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Catron Street on Thursday for driving under the influence of intoxicants, parole violation and driving while suspended/revoked.     Phillip Kadell, 28, and Tara Kadell, 28, both of Dallas in the 200 block of Jacobson Way South on Friday, both for third-degree theft. The petunias were returned.     Adam McAdams, 21, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Monmouth Avenue North on Sunday for second-degree disorderly conduct and fourth-degree assault.     Ahmed Aljuhany, 21, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Ecols Street South on Sunday for unnecessary noise.     Kathy Howard, 40, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Main Street East on Monday for third-degree criminal mischief - vandalism.    

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More sheriff’s cuts loom

POLK COUNTY — Two deputies will be laid off from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office after the citizens of Columbia County passed a jail levy during the May 20 election.

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6/4 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Rodrigo O. Morales, 25, of Dallas at the corner of Oak and Main streets on May 24 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    • Luis Rosas Gutierrez, 21, of Independence in the 200 block of Evergreen Drive on May 21 for first-degree criminal trespass.    • Daniel King, 24, of Independence in the 1400 block of F Street on Thursday for second-degree criminal mischief.    • Robert Evans, 50, of Independence in the 800 block of North Main Street on Friday for violating a restraining order.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • Kim Johns, 53, of Monmouth in the 100 block of Ackerman Street East on May 23 for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    • Jason Hollingsworth, 30, of Salem at the intersection of Monmouth Avenue North and Stadium Drive North on May 24 for failure to carry or present an operator’s license.    • Beth Buckle, 51, of Newberg at the intersection of Monmouth Avenue North and Whitesell Street West on May 27 for failure to return a suspended/revoked operator’s license.    • Mckenzie Brendle, 20, and Chelsey Heller, 19, both of Monmouth, in the 300 block of Monmouth Avenue North on May 27, both for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.    • Kynan Lucas, 19, of Monmouth in the 600 block of Madrona Street East on May 28 for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.    • Mike Aguilar, 32, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Ecols Street North on Sunday for a probation violation.

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5/28 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Tale and April Makalea’s farm stand on Maple Grove Road will be open beginning the first Tuesday of June, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They also offer a vegetable delivery each week for a summer subscription beginning mid-June. Contact them for more information at 503-838-6085.    On May 9, they hosted about 40 home-schoolers and their parents for a farm tour. Demonstrations included wool shearing and spinning, goat milking, cheese making and poultry.    —    Luckiamute Valley Charter School Director Dan Austin surprised Pedee School students on May 9 with an impromptu field trip celebrating their academic work this year.    Students enjoyed an hour of bowling at Pioneer Lanes in Independence, and then Austin bought every student a meal at McDonald’s. He told all the kids he appreciated what a good job they were doing.    Of course, the teachers had the students do some data analysis on their bowling scores just to keep their minds alert to the math in their lives.    Last week, students were embroiled in state testing, which finished on Thursday.    —    Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger spent May 17-18 at the Detroit Lake Fishing Derby. Daughter Megan and her family, along with her husband Scott’s family, also attended this annual event for the families. Everyone managed to limit out on fish each day and some even won raffle prizes on the last day in the rain. What a fun time!    —    Carolyn Hall’s cousin, Rena Clifton, drove from her home in Lakeport, Calif., to visit for a week and help out where she could, although Carolyn’s kids are keeping pretty good track of her.    —    On May 16-17, Pedee Church members and friends went on a camping trip to one member’s nearby tree stand.    Camping so close to home made it nice for the less hardy of us to have fun during the day on Friday and enjoy singing and conversation around the campfire, go home to sleep in our own beds, then go back on Saturday morning to eat cinnamon rolls and omelets, then continue on with fishing, hiking, and sitting around the campfire again. Is that cheating?

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5/14 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

LaVerne Bennett and her sister, Kathy Zehner of Monmouth, recently participated in the “Off the Beaten Path Quilt Safari.”    They started off with packets that LaVerne picked up at Grandma’s Attic in Dallas. The shops they visited were in Philomath, Corvallis, Albany, Jefferson and Lebanon. Then it was down the freeway with a stop off in Drain and on to Roseburg, where they spent the night.    The next morning they spent some time in downtown Roseburg admiring some of the old buildings and going into a book/stationary store that had been in that location for more than 100 years; by then the quilt shop had opened. The final shops were in Springfield and three in Eugene.    —    Donna Baldwin just came back from Michigan after spending two weeks visiting daughter Kari Benjamin and her husband, Robert, and their three kids, Robbie, 17, Amber, 14, and Zachary, 9.    While she was there, she watched the grandchildren while Kari and Robert went on a cruise to Mexico for their 20th anniversary. She also took care of the dogs, baby chicks, ducks and turkeys; the days there were not boring.    Robbie graduates this year and will be going to Oregon State University next year.    —    Paul and Diane Telfer spent two weeks in eastern Ohio visiting relatives — alive and dead. They visited Paul’s cousins and did some genealogy research.    —    Betty Forry and June Clark drove to Woodburn on Thursday to have a long lunch with Betty's nephew, Mark, and his wife, Linda. They are from Ohio and were visiting friends who recently moved to Oregon. Grandson Patrick also joined them to meet his cousins for the first time. Surely we will all appreciate Mark’s remark that the Willamette Valley is “just like Ohio, except for the Cascades and coastal ranges.”    —    Sam and Judy Guida have a time share at Eagle Crest, south of Redmond, so Judy invited several friends to stay with her this year for a week of quilting, shopping and hiking around the area.    Friends Kathy Alexander from Corvallis and Lynda Schnekenburger joined her on May 2, then Suzanne Burbank and I went over on May 4 and stayed until May 7.    Little relaxing there, as we all had projects to finish and quilt shops to check out in Prineville, Redmond, Bend and Sisters. It wasn’t quite a “shop hop” like LaVerne and Kathy’s trip was, but it was fun.    

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Main St. construction slated

MONMOUTH — Main Street will be down to one lane of traffic from just east of Monmouth City Hall to the 200 block of Main Street for construction on Thursday.

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5/28 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, MAY 28    • 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.    • 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.    • Yoga in the Hopyard — 6 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hop-yard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Offered on the last Wednesday of every month. Free; bring your own yoga mat. 503-838-9813.    • ”Distracted” — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Spring department of theater and dance production. Admission:?General, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    THURSDAY, MAY 29    • Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.    • 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.    • ”Distracted” — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Spring department of theater and dance production. Admission:?General, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    FRIDAY, MAY 30    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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.    • ”Distracted” — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Spring department of theater and dance production. Admission:?General, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    SATURDAY, MAY 31    • Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua 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, downtown Independence. 503-910-8193.    • Cornhole Tournament at the Hopyard — 3 to 8 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Free; prizes to winners. 503-838-9813.    • ”Distracted” — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Spring department of theater and dance production. Admission:?General, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    SUNDAY, JUNE 1    • Rickreall Auto Swap Meet — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. Admission: $5. 503-623-8042.    • Polk Flea Market — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds &?Event Center, 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, JUNE 2    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    • Dallas High School Booster Club — 7 p.m., Dallas High School library, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas. dhsboosters2010@gmail.com.    TUESDAY, JUNE 3    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4    • 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.    • 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.    • Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need. 503-689-7222.

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Dallas Street Committee Recommendation:

What: The Citizens' Advisory Committee for Residential Street Funding has issued its final recommendation to the Dallas City Council for improving and maintaining neighborhood streets. The two-step process includes a 10-year, $10 million bond, subject to voter approval, and a street utility fee of an amount sufficient to collect $300,000 to $500,000 annually.   How much the bond would cost: If approved, the bond would tax about $1.35 per $1,000 of assessed value on properties in Dallas, meaning a home with an assessed value of $150,000 would pay about $200 per year.    What is next: The Dallas City Council has yet to make a decision on placing a bond on the ballot. Pete Christensen, the advisory committee chairman, said the council may make its determination in the coming months. He advised the council that if it were to decide to put the bond before voters, to do it as soon as possible, as the cost for repairs is constantly increasing.    Of note: The committee has been examining this issue since June 2012 … Voters soundly rejected a street maintenance fee in May 2010, by a 71 percent to 29 percent margin … Dallas' estimated average pavement condition index rating for all streets (based on 2009 data) is 65, a "fair" rating … A $10 million infusion would increase the average to between 75 and 78 PCI, a "good" rating.

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7/2 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.

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5/7 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, MAY 7    • 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.    • 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.    • Yarning for Others — 3 to 5 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas. Knitters and crocheters gather to make clothing and accessories for those in need. 503-689-7222.    ?    THURSDAY, MAY 8    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    • Western Oregon University Spring Dance Concert — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Admission: general, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    FRIDAY, MAY 9    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    • Western Oregon University Spring Dance Concert — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Admission: general, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    SATURDAY, MAY 10    • 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, downtown Independence. 503-910-8193.    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    • Western Oregon University Spring Dance Concert — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Admission: general, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.    • Will Hoge in concert — 8 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino Event Center, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Nashville musician performs. Part of the Spirit Mountain Songbook Series. Tickets: $10-$15; 21 and over. 503-879-2350.    MONDAY, MAY 12    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    TUESDAY, MAY 13    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • Caregivers Support Group — 2 to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Hospital (Quiet Room, entrance through Emergency Department on Clay Street), 525 SE Washington St., Dallas. Meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Free. 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, MAY 14    • 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 to 1 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Lunch provided; RSVP requested. 503-838-4268.    • 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.    • “Into the Woods” — 7 p.m., Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1530 Monmouth St., Independence. Central High spring theater production. Admission: Adults, $8.50; students, $5.50. 503-606-2225.    

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POINT arrests two on meth charges

POLK COUNTY — Two men were arrested last week after a month-long investigation by the Polk County Inter-Agency Narcotics Team (POINT) into a large drug operation.

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6/18 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 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.    • 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.    • Bingo at the Farm — 6:30 p.m., Rogue Farms Hopyard, Chatoe Tasting Room, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. All ages welcome. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. 503-838-9813.    THURSDAY, JUNE 19    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 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.    • 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.    • Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce After-Hours Mixer — 5:30 to 7 p.m., The Gallery at MaMere’s Bed and Breakfast, 212 Knox St. N., Monmouth. Learn about the new Ash Creek Arts Center and view exhibit by Dale Bunse. Free. 503-838-4268.    • American Legion Women’s Auxiliary — 6:30 p.m., Academy Building, room 108, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 209-985-4341.    • Radio Operators Association of Dallas (ROADS) — 7 p.m., Polk County Courthouse (Jefferson Street entrance), 850 Main St., Dallas. Organization for amateur radio operators; public welcome. 503-881-5836.    FRIDAY, JUNE 20    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • Guthrie Park Acoustic Music Jam Session — 7 to 10 p.m., Guthrie Park Community Center, 4320 Kings Valley Highway, Dallas. Free (donations accepted). 503-623-0809.    SATURDAY, JUNE 21    ?• Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua 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, downtown Independence. 503-910-8193.    • Spirit Mountain Show and Shine Car Show — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 SW Salmon River Highway (Highway 18), Grand Ronde. Free admission. 503-879-2350.    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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.    SUNDAY, JUNE 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.    MONDAY, JUNE 23    • Central Lions Club — Noon, Independence Elks Lodge 1950 Dining Room, 289 S. Main St., Independence. 503-606-2150.    TUESDAY, JUNE 24    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • James2 Community Kitchen Meal — 4:30 to 6 p.m., St. Philip Catholic Church, 825 SW Mill St., Dallas. Free; everyone welcome. 503-623-8429.    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 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.    • 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.    • Yoga in the Hopyard — 6 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hop-yard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Offered on the last Wednesday of every month. Free; bring your own yoga mat. 503-838-9813.

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7/2 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Wednesday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. — Angel Ocasio, slap-stick comedy (at Dallas City Park)    • Thursday, July 3, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Tuesday, July 8, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    • Wednesday, July 9, 11:30 a.m. — Alex Zerbe, comedy/juggling (at Dallas City Park)    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, July 2, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, July 2, 3 p.m. — LEGO Science    • Wednesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    --    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Wednesday, July 2, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Tuesday, July 8, 2 p.m. — Family Builders Club (all ages welcome; under 8 should have an adult)    • Wednesday, July 9, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Wednesday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. — Storytime (preschool)    • Thursday, July 3, 9:45 a.m. — Summer Reading Program: “Angel Ocasio” (clown)    • Tuesday, July 8, 11 a.m. — Storytime (grades K-6)    • Wednesday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. — Storytime (preschool)    

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7/2 SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Chemeketa going to summer hours*Polk trio graduates from Linfield*Local man receives degree at GFU*Dallas woman awarded scholarship*Dallas grad garners honor at KSU*Polk resident on EKU president's list*Three locals receive OCA diplomas

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5/28 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Thursday, May 29, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Tuesday, June 3, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 28, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    (Call library for June events)    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us    /library    • Wednesday, May 28, 10:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)    • Tuesday, June 3, 3:30 p.m. — First Tuesday Builder’s Club (ages 5-12)    • Tuesday, June 3 — Summer Youth Reading Club signups begin    • Tuesday, June 3 — Summer Adult Reading Club signups begin    • Wednesday, June 4, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    —    WAGNER    COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Wednesday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Book Sale and Yard Sale    

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6/25 OBITUARIES

*I. Lewis Winokur*Martha M. Toews*Jan Darlene Busselle*Erna Fischer Yeo*Ada Marie VanLieu*Floyd Merle Rosenbalm

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6/18 PUBLIC AGENDA

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or email (kholland@polkio.com).    —    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 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, JUNE 19    • Polk County Fair Board — 5:30 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-3048.    • Independence Parks and Recreation Board— 6 p.m., Independence Civic Center, 555 S. Main St., Independence. 503-838-1212.    • Monmouth Arts and Culture Committee — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    • Polk County Fire District No. 1 Board — 7:30 p.m., Central Station 90, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-1510.    MONDAY, JUNE 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.    • Dallas School Board — 6:30 p.m., Dallas School District office board room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-9664, ext. 2334.    TUESDAY, JUNE 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 Hearings Officer — 6 p.m., Polk County Courthouse, First Floor Conference Room, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-9237.    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. Adoption of 2014-15 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8173.    • Polk County Extension Service District Board of Directors — 1:30 p.m., OSU Extension Service office, 289 E. Ellendale Ave., Suite 301, Dallas. Adoption of 2014-15 fiscal year budget. 503-623-8395.

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Eat out and help CASA all at once

POLK COUNTY — Polk County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) wants to provide an adult advocate for every foster child in the county by 2018.

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6/4 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Now that we’ve turned the page on the calendar to June, summertime is so close we can almost taste it.    During those recent rainy days, we’ve been dreaming of hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill, baked beans and potato salad, gallons of lemonade, and lazy days in the hammock with nothing to do but relax and watch the birds circling overhead, while listening to the happy laughter of the neighbor kids playing in the pool down the street.    The roses are sheer perfection at this time of year, and in the early morning, when we’re filling the basket with sweet and fragrant blooms to share with friends and neighbors, the time spent working in the garden is somehow worth every minute. All the vegetable gardens in MI Town are beginning to look mighty appealing and it won’t be long before we can share the bounty with each other.    —    From all accounts, everyone enjoyed Memorial Day activities — we attended the Memorial Day Salute at the Independence Airport, where retired Navy aviator, Danny Jaffer, was master of ceremonies in a program honoring our armed forces, which included MI Town and Polk County residents.    Old Glory flew from flagpoles all over town, and we remembered those who had given their lives in service to our country.    Honoring those who served is something we should all think about every day, not just on holidays when the sun is shining and we are all decked out in red, white and blue.    —    Something new and special has been added to make your visit to the farmers market in Main Street Park in Monmouth even more fun. Every Tuesday, lunchtime concerts with performances by Western Oregon University music students are scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. How about picking up something good to eat from one of the vendors and enjoy lunch and some good entertainment before getting back to your daily routine.    —    And while we’re talking about park activities — Music in the Park programs are just a few weeks away. Billy and the Rockets will be the first group to lead off the July and August programs on Wednesday evenings. Mark your calendar for July 9 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the family, a picnic supper or buy food from the vendors at the park, and have a wonderful evening.    —    The Monmouth Senior Center’s monthly community breakfast is scheduled for this Saturday. Begin your busy day by getting together with family, friends and neighbors and enjoy pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and sausage, with orange juice, coffee and tea. Portions are generous and the volunteers welcome hungry folks of all ages. See you there.    

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6/25 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. — “Science Explosions” (at Dallas Civic Center)    • Thursday, June 26, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Tuesday, July 1, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    • Wednesday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. — Angel Ocasio, comedy (at Dallas City Park)    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, June 25, 3 p.m. — “Rocket Science”    • Thursday, June 26, 3 p.m. — Henrik Bothe, juggling/comedy    • Friday, June 27, 7 p.m. — Teen Program: Internet Café (grades 6 and up)    • Tuesday, July 1, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    • Wednesday, July 2, 10:30 a.m. — Family Story Hour    • Wednesday, July 2, 3 p.m. — LEGO Science    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Wednesday, June 25, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Thursday, June 26, 10:15 a.m. — Fizz! Boom! Dance! (dance class for ages 18 months to 4 years)    • Thursday, June 26, 6 p.m. — Game Night (for all ages)    • Friday, June 27, 2 p.m. — Movie Fridays    • Tuesday, July 1, 3:30 p.m. — First Tuesday Builder’s Club (ages 5-12)    • Wednesday, July 2, 10:15 a.m. — Family Storytime    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Wednesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. — Storytime (preschool)    • Thursday, June 26, 9:45 a.m. — Summer Reading Program: “Reptile Man”    • Tuesday, July 1, 11 a.m. — Storytime (grades K-6)    • Wednesday, July 2, 9:30 a.m. — Storytime (preschool)

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5/14 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Thursday, May 15, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m. — Read to the Dog    • Tuesday, May 20, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    • Tuesday, May 20, 4 p.m. — Officer Indy Day (public safety event for children)    • Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 21, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 14, 10:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)    • Tuesday, May 20, 10:15 a.m. — Toddler Storytime (ages 1-3)    • Wednesday, May 21, 10:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)    • Wednesday, May 21, 3:30 p.m. — Kids Go Green (ages 5-8) (learn about sustainability; make a craft)    —    WAGNER COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Wednesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime

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5/21 COMMUNITY CALENDAR

To submit your items to the Community Calendar, email the Itemizer-Observer newsroom at ionews@polkio.com, send via fax to 503-623-2395, or deliver them in person to 147 SE Court St., Dallas. All events should be submitted two weeks in advance of the date of the event.    —    WEDNESDAY, MAY 21    • 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.    • 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.    • Bingo at the Farm — 6:30 p.m., Rogue Farms Hopyard, Chatoe Tasting Room, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. All ages welcome. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. 503-838-9813.    THURSDAY, MAY 22    • Dallas-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Academy Building lawn, 182 SW Academy St., Dallas. 503-623-2564.    • 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 Community Music Jam — 6:30 p.m., Dallas Senior Center, 955 SE Jefferson St., Dallas. Musicians and music lovers of all ages welcome. Free; attendees are asked to bring a snack to share at intermission. 503-623-5055.    FRIDAY, MAY 23    • Ken and Doug, Mandolin and Guitar — 6 to 9 p.m., Courtyard Coffee House, 156 SE Mill St., Dallas. 503-623-9686.    • 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, MAY 24    • Independence Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Umpqua 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, downtown 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.    SUNDAY, MAY 25    • 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, MAY 26    • Memorial Day Pilot Tribute — 10:45 a.m., Independence State Airport, 4705 Airport Road, Independence. Free; lunch available for $5 per person. 503-606-4898.    • Avenue of Flags Memorial Day Service — 11 a.m., Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview Ave., Dallas. Free. 503-623-3727.    • Grand Ronde Memorial Day Observance — 1 p.m., West Valley Veterans Memorial, Grand Ronde Tribal Campus, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde. Free. 503-879-5211.    TUESDAY, MAY 27    • Monmouth-Polk County Bounty Market — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Park, 120 E. Main St., Monmouth. 503-623-2564.    • 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, MAY 28    • 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.    • 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.    • Yoga in the Hopyard — 6 p.m., Rogue Farms Micro Hop-yard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence. Offered on the last Wednesday of every month. Free; bring your own yoga mat. 503-838-9813.    • ”Distracted” — 7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium, Western Oregon University, 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth. Spring department of theater and dance production. Admission:?General, $12; seniors, $10; students, $7. 503-838-8462.

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5/21 PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Alberta Jones celebrated her 85th birthday with an open house at the Pedee Women’s Club on May 10. More than 100 of her relatives, friends and neighbors showed up to wish her a “happy birthday” and visit with people they hadn’t seen in a while.    Alberta’s daughter, Arlene Bailey, and granddaughter, Kristen Casey, planned and hosted the party. Arlene’s husband, Les, and the rest of the family, including Alberta’s son, Raymond, helped out. Arlene and Les live in Albany, Kristen lives and works in Lebanon, son Ryan is in Burns, and son Jason lives in Albany and goes to school at Linn-Benton Community College.    —    Karen and Kevin Porter hosted a luncheon on Mother’s Day for Kevin’s parents, and Fred and Cindy Clark and Fred’s sister and her husband. Cindy’s Mother’s Day present — and she swore early in their marriage that this would never be acceptable — was a new Dyson vacuum since her old one died two days before Mother’s Day.    Cindy Clark spent six weeks in Woodland, Calif., helping her mom pack and move 52 years worth of memories to a smaller, more manageable home. On May 31, she leaves for Anchorage, Alaska, to be with her granddaughter, Saoirse, on her fourth birthday. Fred is staying home and minding the farm.    —    Bob and Lynda Schnekenburger’s daughter, Chandra, and three of her children, Braden, Keyan and Gianna, came to spend the weekend of Mother’s Day with them. Denora and her daughter, Brittany, came out on Mother’s Day as well.    Lynda received a glider bench and Braden put it together for her. Gianna had a friend come from Stayton to stay overnight to meet Gianna’s grandmother. Braden started a new contracting job in Spokane on that Monday.    —    The Cameron family spent Mother’s Day at home on the farm. They barbecued out on the deck of the new, but unfinished addition, with son Clayton being the master chef. Joining them for the day were Stephen and Peggy Carter from Falls City, son James and Eliana, and daughter Stephanie and Ana. Son Chris and his daughter Natasha stopped by on their way home from San Francisco, where Natasha visited the boarding school that she will be attending in the fall. It was a wonderful day but saddened by having to say goodbye to neighbors Pat and Bernie Heere, who sold their home, the former Pedee store, and were packing up to move that week.    —    Sam Guida took wife Judy to Dancing Oaks Nursery on Maple Grove Road on a beautiful Mother’s Day, where they enjoyed a walk through the gardens and purchased a few new plants for the garden.    Dancing Oaks is open for the season now, so don’t miss it. Look it up online for their hours or see the story about Dancing Oaks in the “Explore Polk County” section of this week’s Itemizer-Observer.    

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5/21 LIBRARY CALENDAR

DALLAS    950 Main St.    503-623-2633    www.ci.dallas.or.us/library    • Thursday, May 22, 11:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime    • Tuesday, May 27, 11:15 a.m. — Infant/Toddler Storytime    —    INDEPENDENCE    175 Monmouth St.    503-838-1811    www.ci.independence.or.us/library    • Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 21, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    • Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m. — Local Author Book Discussion Group (nonfiction selections by John Bruning)    • Friday, May 23, 4 p.m. — Read to the Dog    • Wednesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 28, 4:30 p.m. — Chess Club for Kids (grades 1-5)    —    MONMOUTH    168 S. Ecols St.    503-751-0182    www.ci.monmouth.or.us    /library    • Wednesday, May 21, 10:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)    • Wednesday, May 21, 3:30 p.m. — Kids Go Green (ages 5-8) (learn about sustainability; make a craft)    • Tuesday, May 27, 10:15 a.m. — Toddler Storytime (ages 1-3)    • Wednesday, May 28, 10:15 a.m. — Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)    —    WAGNER    COMMUNITY LIBRARY    111 N. Main St., Falls City    503-787-3521, ext. 319    www.wagner.plinkit.org    • Wednesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime    • Wednesday, May 28, 9:30 a.m. — Family Storytime

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5/21 POLICE REPORT

Information for the police report comes from law enforcement agencies. Not all calls for service are included. 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    • Henry S. Nosik, 62, of Dallas on Southeast Washington Street on May 11 on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.    • Robert W. Brooks, 28, of Dallas on Southwest Walnut Street on May 12 on charges of harassment and interfering with making a police report.    • Brian R. Steward, 35, of Dallas in the 500 block of East Ellendale Avenue on May 13 on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.    • Tina M. Trenholm, 45, of Dallas in the 100 block of Southwest Court Street on Sunday on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass.    INDEPENDENCE    Arrests/Citations    • Cary Rotan, 52, of Independence in the 400 block of South 11th Street on May 8 for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.    • Israel Vargas, 26, of Independence in the 600 block of North Log Cabin Street on May 11 for fourth-degree assault.    •?Robert Mathers, 39, of Dallas in the 100 block of South 16th Street on May 11 for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.    • Frank Felix, 36, of Independence in the 1400 block of Falcon Loop on May 12 for physical harassment.    MONMOUTH    Arrests/Citations    • Conner Meling, 19, of Monmouth at the intersection of Broad Street South and Tracy Court East on May 11 for minor in possession of alcohol.    • Whitney Hightower, 20, of Jefferson at the intersection of Ackerman Street East and Warren Street South on May 11 for minor in possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle.    • Christina Reed, 24, of Monmouth at the intersection of Main Street East and Ecols Street South on May 13 for driving under the influence of intoxicants.    • Casey Sherman, 28, of Monmouth in the 200 block of Jackson Street East on May 14 for tampering with evidence. Sherman was also charged on May 14 at the intersection of Monmouth Avenue North and Gentle Avenue West for driving under the influence of intoxicants and unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.    

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5/7 PUBLIC AGENDA

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, MAY 7    • 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.    • Polk Soil and Water Conservation District Budget Committee — 6 p.m., Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center, Arts and Crafts Building, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall. 503-623-9680.    • Monmouth Planning Commission — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.    THURSDAY, MAY 8    • Falls City City Council — 7:30 p.m., Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., Falls City. 503-787-3631.    • Luckiamute Watershed Council — 7 p.m., Luckiamute State Natural Area park office, Buena Vista Road, Independence. 503-837-0237.    MONDAY, MAY 12    • Dallas School Board — 6:30 p.m., Dallas School District office board room, 111 SW Ash St., Dallas. 503-623-9664, ext. 2334.    • Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative Board — 7 p.m., Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative business office, 8585 Suver Road, Monmouth. 503-838-2075.    TUESDAY, MAY 13    • 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, MAY 14    • 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. 101.    • Polk County Fire District No. 1 Budget Committee — 6:30 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1800 Monmouth St., Independence. 503-838-1510.    • Monmouth Park and Recreation Board — 7 p.m., Volunteer Hall, 144 S. Warren St., Monmouth. 503-838-0722.

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5/21 PUBLIC AGENDA

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, MAY 21    ?• 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.    TUESDAY, MAY 27    • 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.    WEDNESDAY, MAY 28    • Polk County Board of Commissioners — 9 a.m., Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas. 503-623-8173.    

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5/21 MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

MI Town is filled with the sounds of springtime. Many mornings there’s no need for setting the alarm clock, as the rooster from the nearby farm is up early and letting us know there’s a new day beginning.    The trees are full of birdsongs and the smell of flowers is in the air. Walking through the neighborhoods and along our main streets gives us more reasons to be happy in this season of renewal. It’s fun to enjoy coffee and visit with friends after a good walk.    Summertime will be here before we know it, and visions of beach trips, swimming in the river, going to picnics, and band concerts and movies in the parks are right there, waiting for graduations to happen soon.    It’s time to dust off the picnic baskets and put away the recipes for hearty soups and stews for another season. It’s time to fill grocery carts with fresh fruits and vegetables, and to stop by MI Town’s outdoor markets for even more goodies.    —    The primary election date has come and passed, and candidates’ signs will soon disappear from lawns and fields all over the county. The winners are celebrating and those who were not elected are deliberating whether to try again next time.    Election results have been posted on the I-O’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as its website. We all need to step up and work together with our newly elected officials who promise to do the best for us.    —    Those of us who are ordinary citizens can’t all change the world, but there are many little things we can do to make our communities better and happier places to be.    Not everybody can write a generous check to support their favorite charities, but volunteering at the library, a food bank or your nearby school is always appreciated. Can you spend an hour reading to someone in a nursing home or at the hospital? Our cities need volunteers to serve on committees and to help with various programs. Crisis intervention and children’s assistance programs always need help, and there are training programs available. Can you help with telephone calls for a school event?    What we can all do — even if we don’t have any extra time or money — is to brighten somebody’s day with a smile or a few kind words of encouragement.    We’ve all had moments when everything is going utterly and completely wrong, and it feels like nothing will ever be right again, but a warm and friendly smile from someone else has made the day much better. Sometimes that is enough to help us pick up our burdens and face the future with more courage and hope than we had before.    

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Downtown events get approval

DALLAS — The Dallas City Council approved liquor licenses and partial street closures for three special events to be hosted by Tony’s Bar, 127 SW Court St., in downtown Dallas.

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New features added to Dallas arboretum

DALLAS — A new gate at Dallas’ Delbert Hunter Arboretum’s west entrance was just completed to accompany an interpretative kiosk donated by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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Polk County budget hearing on tap

DALLAS — The final meeting of the Polk County Budget Committee is scheduled for May 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Polk County Courthouse conference room, 850 Main St., Dallas.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Monmouth tai chi sessions available*Benefit for SABLE House scheduled*Fundraiser for M-I Foundation slated*First aid class will be offered Saturday*Monthly breakfast fundraiser planned*Summer gun show set this weekend*Poker tournament will help Alliance*Outdoor cooking class for youths set*Grange schedules Sunday breakfast*Food preservation class set Tuesday*Student art exhibit displayed at gallery*Strawberry sale supports Rotary*Art exhibit to join Fourth festivities*Garden tours part of Extension party

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HORSING AROUND

Riders of all ages giddy-up for Polk County Saddle-ites’ club poker ride

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POINT investigation leads to drug arrest

DALLAS — The Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) arrested a Dallas man on drug charges and found several grams of heroin and methamphetamine during a search of his home on Thursday.

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Ainsworth re-elected to BOC seat

POLK COUNTY — Commissioner Mike Ainsworth said many times during his campaign that he loves his job — and after the May 20 primary election, he will be able to keep at it for another four years.

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Science teacher earns honor

DALLAS — Travis Godkin, a Dallas High School science teacher, was named Dallas School District’s Distinguished Educator of the month for June.

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Green Thumb Gathering

Polk County Master Gardeners host their popular spring plant sale, where everything from cactus to cucumber starts, trees to tomatoes, were available for the local growing enthusiast. Click on Images on our website for more photos of the event.

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5/14 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Church planning big rummage, bake sale*'Fill the bus' food drive scheduled*Driver safety class slated for Saturday*Historical Society will hold program*Historic tours will take place Sunday*Special Olympics fundraiser on tap*Ballroom dance lessons offered*Museum hosting Roosevelt actor*Weekly tai chi now available in Dallas*Dance, food drive slated for Tuesday*Central Lions Club is collecting cans

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7/2 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Rummage sale set for this weekend*Friends of Libary book sale on tap*Monthly breakfast fundraiser planned*New demonstration garden set to open*Extension Service will host potluck*Classes offered by Extension Service*Meals for seniors available in area

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LOTIONS and POTIONS

Monmouth woman makes her own ‘Owie Ointment,’ other natural home remedies through trial and error

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6/18 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Work of local artist displayed at library*Child's drift boat, book is on exhibit*Cancer fundraiser planned Thursday*Walk, awareness event set Saturday*Summer solstice*'Family Fun Night' set at fairgrounds*Church event will mark anniversary*Extension Service offers youth classes*Kids craft program on tap for Tuesday*Sponsors needed for golf benefit

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Following their dream

Owners of Teal Creek Farms have turned their interest in farming into a successful Community Supported Agriculture venture after 20 years

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New diner already a hit

DALLAS — Main Street Diner owner Clayton Bedortha and partner Angie Harritt were surprised to see people come in to check out their new restaurant even before its official business sign was installed.

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6/11 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Garden tours part of Extension party*Youth flying event slated for Saturday*Local leaf casting workshop planned*Acting workshop set at Pentacle Theatre

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5/28 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Pentacle Theatre production to open*Kids 'fun fly' event slated for Saturday*MI Food Project to appear at market*Nite Court to host open house at TMS*Foundation benefit tickets available*Registration taken for first aid class*Sign-ups accepted for poker tourney

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6/25 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Heatwave concerts to start at Western*County fair help is available to 4-Hers*Writing workshop to begin Thursday*Annual poker ride scheduled Saturday*Monmouth dairy plans open house*Ballston community picnic set Sunday*Junior gardener camp coming up*Book sale benefit scheduled Monday*Early-bird rates for parade end today*Polk County Fair 4-H entries due

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5/21 COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Extension offering classes for youths*4-H summer camp sign-ups under way*Valley Zen Circle sets special event

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No pay raises for elected officials

DALLAS — Elected officials in Polk County will not receive a cost-of-living raise as the county’s budget committee formally approved the 2014-15 budget last week.

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Quick Hits

DALLAS — The Polk Pedalers Bicycle Club has scheduled its next ride for Saturday. The group will meet at Perrydale School, 7445 Perrydale Road, at 8 a.m. for a ride that will start in Perrydale, head to Amity, then go to Ballston and back to Perrydale.

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