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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This summer has brought about its own special challenges — lots of good days filled with sunshine and blue skies. But the need to get up early to water gardens and flowers, and to be sure to keep the bird baths full of water, has added more tasks to an already busy day.

Gabriel, our resident yellow lab-golden retriever, is disappointed that he doesn’t get as many car rides, no matter how much we explain that it’s cooler at home and dogs and warm cars don’t mix at this time of year.

The good news about hot days is that MI Town’s libraries have all kinds of activities for kids of all ages. It’s not only a cool and comfortable place to be on a hot summer day, but you can also beat the heat by discovering new and different things and travel the world — or even into outer space — by opening a book and getting lost between the pages.

I can’t remember when I didn’t know how to read, and finding a library wherever I’ve lived has always been a top priority. We are so fortunate here to have the Western Oregon University library close by, too. Check either the Monmouth or Independence library websites to see what is new this week and all through the summer.

When we’re all trying to keep cool, it’s hard to think about the upcoming seasons where coats and jackets are the rule, but for those of us who love cheering on our WOU Wolves at McArthur Stadium, the good and happy news is that season tickets for the upcoming football season are now on sale through the WOU Athletic Department.

There will be four home games this season, so here’s your opportunity to make plans for tailgating, getting together with friends and family, and enjoying a great time.

Summertime is also class reunion time, and it seems that there are many good times promised for everyone who went to school in MI Town and the surrounding area. Even if you haven’t kept up with your classmates over the years, it’s always so much fun to spend an afternoon or evening together reminiscing about the good old days — even if they weren’t so long ago. For those of us of a certain age, the 50th class reunion was just about the best ever.

There are lots of political discussions going on in MI Town and just about everywhere else in our land, and that gives us an opportunity to make our voices heard — at town halls or other gatherings — and to let our elected officials (whether they are city, county, state or national) know our thoughts and wishes. And please — register to vote.

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