Candidates set to appear at event

DALLAS — A “meet the candidates” open house is planned Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Majestic, 976 Main St. in downtown Dallas.

State Rep. Jim Thompson, a write-in candidate for House District 23, as well as Dallas City Council candidates Paul Trahan and Micky Garus are scheduled to appear. Other candidates may appear as their schedule allows.

Appetizers, soda, water and coffee will be provided; a no-host bar will be available.

The event is sponsored by Friends and Neighbors for a Safe and Prosperous Community.

For more information: Lynnette Henshaw, 503-507-1091.

Olson promoted to deputy fire chief

INDEPENDENCE — Neal Olson has been promoted to deputy chief of Polk County Fire District No. 1, effective Oct. 9.

The position is new to the fire district, approved during the 2014-15 budget meetings.

Olson has been a member of the fire district since 1997. He started his emergency services career with McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District in 1993. He has worked as a firefighter, paramedic, shift captain, training officer, battalion chief, division chief and public information officer.

For more information: Neal Olson, 503-838-1510.

Good Sam Club food drive is fruitful

RICKREALL — About 50 Good Sam Club chapters from around the state gathered for a rally at the Polk County Fairgrounds & Event Center Oct. 9-12.

Members shared more than just a passion for recreational vehicles, as they have been collecting food and money for the Dallas Food Bank all year.

On Oct. 11, about a dozen club members bought 2,275 pounds of food from Waremart in Independence to donate to the food bank, plus $58 in cash donations.

Club members have had chapter fundraisers to help pay for the food donations.

For more information about Good Sam Clubs, or how to join:

‘Connections’ vans drivers needed

DALLAS — West Valley Hospital is in need of volunteer drivers for its Connections vans.

The hospital has two vans for use to pick up patients in need of transportation to the hospital for services. Connections, a free service, picks up patients in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and Falls City and returns them home.

Volunteer drivers would need to pass a Department of Motor Vehicles license and criminal background check. Drivers also are given a doctor’s exam and provided training. Typically drivers are scheduled for a four-hour shift once a week.

For more information or to volunteer: Pat Cozad, West Valley Hospital, 503-623-7323.

M-I Food Project still going strong

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — More than 100 bags of food were collected on Oct. 11 by the Monmouth-Independence Food Project. The total added up to 1,500 pounds of food for the Ella Curran Food Bank.

Since the project started in June 2013, 9,550 pounds of food has been collected.

Coordinator Linda McBurney said the project needs more neighborhood coordinators and donors. Food is collected every other month. The next pickup is Dec. 13.

For more information: 503-838-4028.

Nite Court logo contest underway

INDEPENDENCE — Nite Court at Talmadge Middle School is holding a contest to find a new logo.

Current Monmouth and Independence students who can design a creative, innovative and professional logo design may submit entries to Kathy Martin-Willis via email to

Entries are due Dec. 3. Winners will be announced via the Monmouth-Independence YMCA website,, on Facebook and through direct contact.

The winning logo may be featured on the Y’s website, on T-shirts and other mediums. The winning designer will receive a $150 Visa gift card.

For more information: Kathy Martin-Willis via email to

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