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Dallas Earth Day cleaning is Saturday

DALLAS — Dallas Downtown Association will hold a “Downtown Clean-up Day” on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

DDA is looking for more volunteers to help on various downtown clean-up projects. The event is rain or shine, so dress appropriately.

Volunteers are asked to meet in the back room at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar, 788 Main St., Dallas for coffee and project assignments.

For more information, Emma Guida, DDA program manager at

Wagner asks community to take survey

Brooks graduates from safety training

SALEM — Polk County Sheriff‘s Office’s Joshua Brooks was part of the Basic Police Class’ 365th graduating class on Friday.

The class, put on by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, is a 16-week course centered on survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition and more.

The class graduated on Friday.

Indy corn grower earns national honors

INDEPENDENCE — Independence corn grower Scott Setniker was honored during the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest.

Setniker placed second in Oregon in the I: Irrigated Class with a yield of 296.465 bushels per acre.

Setniker was one of 400 state winners nationwide. In total, there were 7,979 entries from 46 states.

Setniker used Mycogen Seeds 2V357.

Willamette Valley Hospice seeking student artists

SALEM – Willamette Valley Hospice is seeking student artists to design free-standing paintings with face cutouts for dogs to pose behind in a photo booth at their annual Walk-n-Wag fundraiser.

The fundraiser benefits the Pet Peace of Mind program, which keeps hospice patients and their pets together throughout the end of life experience.

Country Financial is sponsoring the contest, which will award $50 prizes to two students and/or student groups to fund the supplies needed for the student artists to make the display before June 9.

Sketches are due by May 5 to Shelley Wagener, Volunteer Coordinator and Pet Peace of Mind Program Coordinator at Willamette Valley Hospice.

Two sizes are needed – one for large dogs and one for small dogs.

To enter, send sketch by email to

Include name, age, school and contact information for the student as well as a teacher or parent.

For more information: 503-588-3600.

USDA expands meat and poultry hotline hours

SALEM -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced it will expand the hours of its Meat and Poultry hotline and Ask Karen chat services.

The expanded hours will be to help increase the delivery of safe food handling and preparation information.

Consumers can contact the hotline to speak to a live food expert at 1-888-674-6854 or visit Ask Karen to chat or email Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The hotline is open an additional two hours from previous hours of operation.

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