Stories for May 2015

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Wednesday, May 27

        

EXPLORE THE FANTASY

Journey back to a time when the whole world was an oyster — and found deep within a toy box — at Western Oregon University’s spring play, “Frankie’s Flights of Fancy.”

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SCHOOL NOTES

*MV Christian accepting students*LaCreole School to host preview*Perrydale to perform classic play

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ACADEMIC HONORS

*Local students to graduate from OSU*Roberson graduates from MIT*Local students earn honors

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

With Memorial Day weekend just past, we all celebrated the beginning of summertime’s arrival to MI Town and throughout our wonderful Willamette Valley.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Emeritus Society to meet Monday*Improve memory through workshop*Senior Center jam set for Thursday*Join in YMCA Indy pool clean-up*M-I YMCA to host free Saturday event*Art exhibit opening at Tom Kunke Art*Monmouth survey focuses on future*PCL host artist gathering today

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REMEMBERING HEROES

Ceremonies throughout Polk County honored Veterans who died while overseas as well as those who took their last flights in the last year, whether they served in the armed forces or not.

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Falls City considers options

Six candidates have applied for Falls City’s part-time city manager position that opened when interim manager Jon Hanken accepted a job elsewhere in April.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Committee approves city budgets*Dallas holding department expo*Wyden to host town hall at Nesmith Readiness Center*Wingdingers RC Club host annual youth fun fly this Saturday

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Voters say yes to levy

The day after Polk County’s public safety levy was approved by voters, District Attorney Aaron Felton had to shuffle his office’s crammed schedule to attend that morning’s budget committee meeting.

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EDITORIALS

Everyone in the community is welcome to join the Relayers at the event and help “Give Cancer the Boot.” Plenty of activities throughout the day and well into the evening are scheduled, so even if you’re not on a team, you can find something that may interest you.

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A WELCOME HOME

As soon as Lyle Elementary School first-grade teacher Stephanie Hofferber read the final words of the children’s book, “Hero Dad,” her student Landon Holbrook glanced to his right.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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Wednesday, May 20



COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Free container collection Friday*Ristau reads from new novel May 27*Wash your car, and benefit PC Relay*Fractal art at the Bread Board*Yeast breads class set for May 30*Library display to feature shells*County hazardous waste collection*Left Coast Cellars hosts 'Sip & Stroll'

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This is National Public Works week (May 17-23) and it gives us an opportunity to take time to think about how many good and positive things happen in MI Town because of the hard work and diligence of our public workers.

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CLASS 2A PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Pirates’ duo set for state

MT. ANGEL — Perrydale junior Sarah Clark couldn’t help but feel a little down before the Tri-River Conference track and field championships on Thursday and Friday. Clark, who had been throwing since her sophomore year, had dedicated herself the most to the javelin.

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CLASS 5A PREP SOFTBALL: Dallas ready to shine

DALLAS — It wasn’t the regular season finale the Dallas softball team had hoped for, but the Dragons didn’t hang their heads. If the last third of the Mid-Willamette Conference season had proven anything, it was this: Dallas is ready to take the next step.

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CLASS 5A PREP SOFTBALL: Central to host Ashland

WOODBURN — The Central softball team ended its league season with a bang, defeating Woodburn 28-1 on Friday after falling to Silverton 11-9 on May 12 and Corvallis 8-7 on May 13. The Panthers, which host Gresham Wednesday (today) in a nonleague matchup, finished fourth in the Mid-Willamette Conference with a 13-8 league record.

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Memory of scout honored

Daniel Indra was a good big brother, doing everything with his younger brother, Liam. He loved sports, video games, and especially activities with his Cub Scout pack.

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CLASS 5A PREP BASEBALL: Dallas ready for play-in

DALLAS — The Dallas High baseball squad closed out its regular season with a sweep of South Albany, defeating the Rebels 10-1 and 7-2 on May 13 and 7-6 on Friday as the Dragons clinched the Mid-Willamette Conference’s third seed.

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CLASS 5A PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Dallas trio earns state berths

MONMOUTH — It wasn’t easy for Dallas at the Mid-Willamette Conference track and field championships on Wednesday and Thursday. But the Dragons, who finished seventh in the boys and girls team standings, pulled through to send a trio of athletes to the OSAA Class 5A state meet on Friday and Saturday.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Welcome Home soldiers on Friday*Ag tech innovation group to gather*Accident in Dallas disrupts power

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EDITORIALS

Welcome to “Polk Wonderland,” nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, a county filled with more wonders than imagined and plenty of choices and opportunities to explore for a lifetime.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Sale of public lands not answer*Honor veterans at Avenue of Flags*A walk down memory lane*Support for troops*Want to write a letter?

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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A NEW HOME

The excitement in the air was palpable as Monmouth residents crammed the halls of the new police station off Highway 99W on Saturday.

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Holiday deadlines

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday has resulted in several changes to the usual news deadlines at the Itemizer-Observer for the Wednesday, May 27, edition.

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BLM looks to public for input on plan

Oregon Bureau of Land Management is holding a series of open houses and workshops on its draft resource management plan (RMP) and environmental impact statement for Western Oregon.

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SCHOOL NOTES/ACADEMIC HONORS

*Martin, Ilg to retire from ACES*KVCS students to raise money*Willis earns Rotary scholarship*IES kids raise money for upgrades*Lindley graduates from Willamette University*Perrydale teacher named OASC adviser of the year*Local students make Eastern Oregon dean's list*Two Dallas High students receive DVFA scholarships

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Corbin Sedlacek, a seventh-grader from Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools’ Pedee campus, stopped by the Women’s Club last Wednesday to interview members about an unnamed creek by Maple Grove Road that his class is studying and trying to name.

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Tuesday, May 19



Wednesday, May 13

  

LET THEM BEE

Making a loud, constant buzz, it didn’t take long to locate the mass of bees that had gathered in Smith’s tree in her front yard.

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Woman allegedly kidnapped mom

Maura Olsson, 36, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Polk County Circuit Court, charged with eight crimes, including second-degree kidnapping, for an incident on Thursday.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Call before you dig this spring*Statewide traffic 'blitz' coming*Court St. sidewalk repair underway.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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Two communities, one clean-up

Saturday, Riverview Park will be the site to bring any trash, wood waste, metals, yard debris and other garbage building up in your lawn.

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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK

*Rosevear honored with top awards*Chamber moves down the street*Money available for organic certification

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SURVIVING STROKE

Larry Britten knew there was something wrong when he couldn’t understand what his wife was trying to tell him.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Rummage sale benefits Central High Band*Weight Watchers meets at Talmadge*Wind Down returns to Monmouth, Indy*Dance recital will benefit food bank*Container garden class is Thursday*Time to sign up for August Jazz Camp*Dallas youth state finalist for pageant*Learn defensive driving skills*Community fiesta at WOU on Friday*Genealogy seminar at Polk museum*Hiratsuka guest artist at gallery*Dallas Lions Club sale is Friday-Saturday*Tour historic Independence*Piano concert is Sunday at EBC*Wear your bonnet at DCS breakfast*PC Fair looking for superintendents*Heart to Heart host Master's Men

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YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

While you’re weeding and seeding and planting and pruning, there’s one more thing to put on your plate: dividing.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar tells us that we’re knee-deep in springtime — and in MI Town that means that kids of all ages are in the midst of participating in wonderful outdoor sports.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: WOU rallies to win GNAC title

BILLINGS, Mont. — After a 3-2 loss to Northwest Nazarene to open the Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball tournament on Thursday, Western Oregon’s season stood on the brink. The Wolves would have to win three games over the next day and a half to win the conference title. One loss and WOU’s season would come to an end.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*MV Christian Academy celebrates 10 years*Dallas native to study in Nicaragua*Students raise money for victims*Nominate a teacher of the year*Retirement celebration Thursday*Students receive WV Foundation scholarships

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An Englishman in the South

When Charlie Baker takes his quest to be left alone to the extreme — by pretending he doesn’t understand or speak English — he is privy to a lot of private conversations.

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DHS fundraiser coming Saturday

DALLAS — The Dallas High boys basketball team will host its annual scrap metal drive on Saturday. The team will pick up metal, including home appliances, at your home from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Six Wolves earn all-region honors

NEW ORLEANS — Six members of the Western Oregon track and field team were named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-region team on Monday.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*No vote on levy is for accountability*Yes vote to bring justice for victims*Sheriff should re-prioritize needs*Raises, timber money means no*County's levy record is good*'Rainbow girl' glad Garden to be fixed*Levy is small price to pay for safety*No guarantee how money will be spent*Levy benefits all in safer communities

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Wednesday, May 6



Officials still unsure about PERS

Not many people were surprised, but certainly disappointed in Thursday’s Oregon Supreme Court ruling to overturn most of the Public Employees Retirement System reforms passed in 2013.

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SCHOOL NOTES

*Safeway program sends about $30,000 to Dallas schools*Project ACHIEVE to hold open house

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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Congratulations to Pedee Church’s pastor Daniel Russell, who graduated from the Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry with a Master’s of Ministry.

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Youth football sign-ups Thursday

DALLAS — Pop Warner and Kids, Inc. will hold registration for the 2015 tackle football season Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at LaCreole Middle School. Registration for Dallas Dragons Cheer will also be taken on Thursday.

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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re right in the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8), which gives me an opportunity to thank all those dedicated and overworked folks.

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Registration open for basketball

DALLAS — Registration is open for the city of Dallas’ men’s basketball league. Play begins June 1 and runs Monday nights through July 13 at LaCreole Middle School. Games run from 6 to 10 p.m.

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PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Dallas defeats Corvallis

DALLAS — The Dallas baseball team handed Corvallis its first Mid-Willamette Conference losses of the season. After dropping the series opener 1-0 on April 28, the Dragons defeated the Spartans 10-0 on April 29 and 3-2 on Friday.

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PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Central remains in second place

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s softball team earned three dominating league wins last week to remain in second place in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The Panthers defeated Corvallis 4-0 on April 28, Woodburn 18-0 on April 29 and South Albany 11-1 on Friday.

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*Pink House sales to benefit Relay*Artists reception celebrates Neal*Garage sale benefits center*Waffles to send students to Kenya*Stamp Out Hunger food drive returns*Registration for pesticide drop off*RFL fundraisers set for May 15*Free plant for mom on Mother's Day*Annual Mother's Day plant sale*Family art classes to focus on theater*Concert at Rogue celebrates moms*Dallas Ministerial prayer gathering

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BIGGER AND BETTER

Mother’s Day weekend is upon us, and that means the annual Polk County Master Gardener’s two-day plant sale on Friday and Saturday.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

*Indy PD enforces crosswalk safety*WIMPEG sees changes*Dallas weed abatement program kicks off*BLM management plan ready for comment*Ugo's Pizza fundraiser helps support nonprofit

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Platinum moves to Ellendale

Platinum Spa and Salon owner Debbie McCarthy has transformed the small building into a cozy salon, moving her business from Court Street downtown.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

Listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

*Levy not needed for public safety*No moral high ground for no vote*Cost of crime is the cruelest 'tax'*Levy is sensible solution to issue*Taxes should be cut, not raised*Think of friends, family when voting*Levy needed for effective system*Levy will provide sense of security*Safety, security is so important*Levy the remedy to the safety problem*Show 'Unearthed' exploits Falls City*Three reasons to vote yes on levy*Levy unnecessary as economy grows

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

When investigator Steve DiSchiavi heard about the paranormal activities at a farmhouse in Independence, it was so bizarre, he had a hard time believing it.

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Land sale in Dallas

The city of Dallas has high hopes for the sale of about 100 acres of mostly undeveloped industrial-zoned property off Monmouth Cutoff and Godsey Road in Dallas, now owned by the Praegitzer Trust.

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