Get out the stadium blankets and be ready to celebrate Western Oregon University’s first home football game of the season Saturday at 1 p.m., when our Wolves meet Central Washington University at McArthur Stadium. Our season tickets just arrived and we’re looking forward to attending four home games this season. Individual ticket prices are reasonable, and the whole family can enjoy an afternoon of college football right here in MI Town.

The second annual Paws for the Cause brought in a good amount of needed and necessary items for the Willamette Valley Humane Society, and an additional $225 in cash donations to help fund the Randy Whittaker honorary kennel, located at the facility. Thanks to all who participated in, and contributed funds and supplies to the Polk County Sheriff’s program.

Our annual Oregon State Fair visit is something we look forward to all summer long, and this year’s fair was every bit as fun and enjoyable as ever. Our Polk County 4-H members were well represented in all categories — from horses and cows to chickens and rabbits to very informative and well-done poster boards, clothing, photography and other programs — MI Town’s youth projects were displayed for all to see, and enjoy. We should all be proud of the hard work and creativity shown by the younger members of our community.

This year’s quilt displays were exceptional, and I always admire the patience, time and energy that it takes to design and put together those true works of fabric art. MI Town resident, Sharon Winegar, received a first-place ribbon for her beautiful quilt, Rites of Spring, which was quilted by Cynthia Shaw. Dianne Nordyke designed, created and quilted a wall hanging featuring a Diamond Match Company boat, with workers retrieving logs, that received a first-place ribbon as well.

Among the award-winning displays of jams, jellies and other home canned goodies, were those created by Laurel Sharmer, who also won a first prize for her peach pie. Robert Beck’s creativity and ingenuity was well represented by a first prize for pumpkin pie, as well as another first prize blue ribbon for a beautiful ash liquor cabinet.

Construction continues at the Monmouth Senior Center, and we’re all looking forward to having additional space for ongoing programs and the opportunity to bring new offerings to MI Town in the future. Our regular weekly events such as yoga, exercise and Wii bowling continue, and we’re happy to have the center available during this time.

Our streets will be filled with U-Hauls, trucks and SUVs with new and returning students to WOU in the next few days. Let’s all welcome our new residents and help make them feel at home.

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