Class appreciates    help on fundraiser    On June 4, my Communication and Event Planning class from Western Oregon University hosted a charity dinner and silent auction to benefit the Monmouth Independence Community Foundation. This event, planned, organized and hosted by my students, raised several thousand dollars for MICF.    So many businesses and individuals pitched in to help make this a success. We want to thank Cec Koontz and Kevin Raschko for providing credit card expertise. Orvil Ivie and his colleague played some beautiful music. Jerry Crane, also known as “That Food Guy,” provided us with an excellently catered dinner at a fraction of the real cost. And our biggest thanks go to Eola Hills Winery, which let us use its lovely venue without charging normal venue fees.    This is a great community. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped us help a worthy local organization.    Molly Mayhead    Monmouth    ‘Fill the Bus’ food    drive big success    The employees of Central School District’s Transportation Department would like to thank our generous community for supporting our second annual “Fill the Bus” food drive.    Two “Fill the Bus” events were held during the month of May and donation boxes were distributed to every school in the district, along with a donation box at the district office.    We are happy and proud to announce our donations exceeded last year’s numbers. In total, we received 2,308 pounds of food and $242 in cash donations.    Special thanks to Roth’s and Bi-Mart for allowing us to utilize your parking lots for two Saturdays; your willingness to give prompted your customers to give, and we are very grateful. Additional thanks to Mungo, Marr Brothers, local Boy Scout Troop #38 and transportation department employees and their families.    The Monmouth and Independence police departments, along with Polk County Fire District No. 1, provided safety related materials for us to hand out to families as well.    We have a great community and we really enjoy the opportunity to combine forces in helping support Ella Curran Food Bank and we look forward to next year being even more successful.    On behalf of the employees of the Central School District Transportation Department, thank you.    Kristina Mann    Independence    Arboretum project    the work of many    The June 4 edition of the Itemizer-Observer had a great article about some new additions to the Delbert Hunter Arboretum (“New features added to Dallas arboretum”): namely, an informative kiosk, designed and donated by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde; and a new “West Entrance,” conceived and built by Arboretum volunteer, Nick Yerbick.    Reporter Jolene Guzman did a good job of writing with the information that was provided her.    Unfortunately, Nick's name was not included in the article; nor was that of Jerry Heffner, an arboretum regular. And, through an oversight on the arboretum’s part, an essential ingredient in the West Entrance project was not even mentioned. Randy Baker and a co-worker donated their time, talent and large equipment to help prepare the way for the installation of the gate and pergola.        Paul Mannen    Dallas    


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