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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Summertime … and when I’m tempted to complain about my labors while painting window frames or working in a very warm kitchen, I think about those who are out in the fields, building houses and busy on highway construction projects.

It helps keep things in perspective until the next batch of jam jars need to be removed from the boiling water bath. This summer is proving to be an excellent one for berries and other garden goodies, and the apple trees and grapevines promise even more bountiful delights.

It’s almost time to turn this month’s calendar page over to begin the brand new month of August. In conversations with friends and neighbors, we all agree that July has flown by, and it seems like only last week we were making plans to celebrate Independence Day in MI Town with the band concert, parade and fireworks. Department and discount stores are now advertising back to school clothing, classroom materials and summer clearance sales. It’s hard to think about wool dresses and coats when the sun is hot, the lawn needs mowing, the garden needs weeding, and we’re trying to think of new and better ways to keep cool.

Saturday is the monthly community breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center. Round up all the hungry members of your family and get a head start on the weekend activities by enjoying pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea, all served by smiling volunteers. The cost is reasonable — $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 12 — and the hours are from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. Those errands and chores will go a whole lot better after a hearty breakfast, and the family cook can enjoy a much needed morning off.

What’s more fun than outdoor concerts and movies? And they are free for the whole family. Pack a picnic dinner or purchase food from our local vendors and find a place to relax at Monmouth’s Main Street Park on Wednesday (today) and enjoy the Machete Men, a Cuban rock group. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening’s featured movie at Riverview Park in Independence is “Jaws,” which begins at 9:30 pm. This is another opportunity to enjoy a fun evening under the stars. Friday’s concert at Riverview Park features Shoot to Thrill, an AC/DC tribute band.

Summertime in MI Town brings us the best of all possible worlds … crisp and cool mornings, warm sunny afternoons and what we wish could be endless twilight evenings for reading or relaxing after a busy day’s work. As these wonderful days quickly fly by, we appreciate and enjoy them all the more.

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