Third property tax payments due

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Tax Office reminds taxpayers who pay their property taxes in trimester payments that the third installment is due by Monday. The 15th falls on Sunday allowing an extra day to pay. For more information: 1-888-643-8041, or visit

Payments that are mailed must bear the May 16 postmark to avoid interest.

Monmouth PD on alert for seat belts

MONMOUTH — From Monday through May 29, the Monmouth Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the state by conducting specialized traffic safety enforcement operations. Oregon State Police, sheriffs and local police will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement “blitz.”

Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the “hands-free” cellphone law. This enhanced enforcement is funded through USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officers from the Monmouth Police Department will work extra hours dedicating time to traffic enforcement and education.

Celebrate history at Gentle House

MONMOUTH — May is National Historic Preservation Month.

To celebrate, Monmouth’s Historic Commission is sponsoring a Historic Preservation Celebration on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Historic Gentle House, 855 Monmouth Ave. N.

The celebration will feature a presentation by Tom Branigar, archivist at the Polk County Museum, about historic development of Monmouth near Main Street Park. Terri Gregory will talk about the Howell House, which is included on the National Register of Historic Places and is now the home of MaMere’s B&B.

The event features other guest speakers and includes a tour of the Gentle House Museum. Refreshments and desserts will also be served.

For more information: Mark Fancey, Community Development Director: 503-751-0147.

Eola raises money, donations for troops

RICKREALL — Eola Hills Wine Cellars announced Eola Cares, a campaign to donate $1 per bottle of sales of its newly released Patriot Red wine toward care packages for American troops stationed overseas.

The public can join the effort in May, bringing items needed for care packages to any Eola Hills tasting room. A free wine tasting will be offered to those bringing in care package items (ages 21 and older).

Care packages will be assembled at the end of May with the help of volunteers, and then shipped to troops with an Oregon connection. Each care package will be filled with $15 to $20 worth of toiletries and food items. A list of sought-after items can be found in the tasting rooms and online at

The Eola Cares donation campaign ties into the existing grassroots campaign called RED: Remember Everyone Deployed, where people wear a red shirt on Fridays to recognize military personnel stationed overseas. Eola is taking RED one step further by generating the money to send care packages to those same troops.

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