MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher


Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar shows that we’re closing in on the end of January, but the blue skies and moderate temperatures — at press time at least — are more in line with March or April.

Our recent rainstorms have taken their toll here and there, but so far (fingers crossed) we’ve had no snow or ice incidents here in MI Town or the surrounding area. There have been some frosty windshields of late, and a need to bundle up for early morning walks, but nothing we can’t handle.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners hosted an interesting public meeting at the Monmouth Public Library on Jan. 21, where we were presented with information about the need for funding for a public safety tax initiative.

Everyone was given the opportunity to express their thoughts — both pro and con — regarding this proposal. Funding from this bond would help fund the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices and provide additional dollars to community corrections.

One of the greatest things about living in our country — and especially in MI Town — is the opportunity to speak out on our concerns and share our ideas with others in an atmosphere where there is civil discourse and discussion, and that our concerns are heard by elected officials.

Valentine’s Day will be here soon, and the Silverwood Strings are presenting a free concert Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on the S-curves. Enjoy an afternoon of classical, sacred, pop and jazz music that will be followed by wonderful desserts and beverages. For tickets, contact Lyn Jobe at 503-551-3648 or via email to monmouth01jb@msn.com. You can reserve up to four tickets.

A fun and interesting group of women has been getting together at the Monmouth Senior Center every weekday morning at 7:30 for an hour or so of yoga, followed by coffee and conversation. We’re always looking for new friends to share our class; just bring a yoga mat and your enthusiasm, and wear comfortable clothes. We’re a hate-free, politics-free and fragrance-free bunch … and the class is free, too.

If you prefer yoga later in the day, come to Yoga in the Hopyard at Rogue Ales on Wigrich Road on the last Wednesday of every month (this evening) at 6 p.m. Bring your yoga mat and have a great time. There is no cost for the class.

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