Feb. 3 MI Town

We’ve turned the page on our calendar to the bright and shiny new month of February, which brings us Groundhog Day and St. Valentine’s Day — two good reasons to bring laughter and joy into those often gray winter days. I don’t know if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not, because my deadline was before Groundhog Day, but whether or not we get six more weeks of winter, we’ll just hang in there and take whatever Mother Nature gives us. Just very thankful we haven’t had to deal with all the weather problems in other sections of the USA.

Those green shoots are beginning to make their presence known in gardens and flower beds all over MI Town, which means we can look forward to tulips and crocuses and hyacinths. For those of us who couldn’t wait for outdoor daffodils and tulips or other springtime flowers to arrive, potted bulbs and pretty bouquets from MI Town’s merchants bring so much cheer into any room. Those pesky garden weeds seem to always manage to survive the winter’s chill, so these occasional rain-free days give us all an opportunity to get the garden spaces ready for planting.

How about starting off your busy Saturday with breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center? Friendly volunteers will be there bright and early, preparing eggs, pancakes, sausage and biscuits and gravy. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the price is right ($6 for adults, $3 for children younger than 12). Hungry people of all ages are welcome. All proceeds go to the building fund.

Right now, April 15 may sound far away, but those tax forms will be due before we know it. If you need a little help trying to wade through the state and federal forms, contact Sue Teal at 503-838-5678 at the Monmouth Senior Center. AARP certified volunteers will work free with seniors as well as mid- to low-income folks, and everything is confidential. This service is on a by-appointment only basis, so please call soon.

Those who participated as both volunteers and recipients at the Polk County Connect last week tell me that it was a successful and worthy event for all. Services were provided to so many individuals and families who were connected to resources that will help to improve their lives and the lives of others. It does — indeed — take a village to provide good services to those who need help to get back on their feet and become more self-sufficient. Thank you to all who took the time to bring this worthy program back for another year.

These dark and rainy mornings and evenings make it harder to see — and be seen. Please use your car and bicycle lights and be careful out there.


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