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Salem Health grants money for dental

SALEM — Salem Health presented a $25,000 grant to Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, which will provide restorative dental care to uninsured children in Polk County.

Grant funds will be used to pay for the Vouchers for Kids project through collaboration with Capitol Dental Care’s dental outreach team.

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Monmouth event seeks businesses

MONMOUTH — The time is nearly here — Monmouth Downtown Halloween Spooktacular organizers are seeking businesses interested in participating in the annual trick-or-treat festivities.

There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is appreciated by Oct. 17. The event will be held on Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.

This year, an opportunity will be available for Monmouth businesses and organizations without a storefront downtown.

To RSVP, for more information, or to volunteer: Monmouth Library Director Krist Obrist, 503-751-0193.

Siletz donates to Luckiamute council

SILETZ — The Luckiamute Watershed Council was among 34 grant recipients from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund.

The tribe donated $2,800 to help the council install 5,000 native plants for riparian restoration along the upper Luckiamute River and its tributaries in Kings Valley.

On Aug. 4, the Siletz Tribe distributed $397,514 during its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups including the Polk County Fair, Adair Living History, West Valley Housing Authority and the Falls City Fire Department.

For more information about the watershed: Luckiamute

Mid-Valley CourtCare to begin Tuesday

POLK COUNTY — Mid-Valley CourtCare received funding from the Oregon Legislature to establish a pilot CourtCare program in Marion and Polk counties.

CourtCare provides child care to individuals and families participating in court proceedings at or near the local courthouse.

Polk County CourtCare will be operated by the Family Building Blocks at the Academy Building in Dallas. It is available to anyone who needs to conduct business with the court system, including jurors, or local service agencies. The service will be available starting Sept. 5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5:30 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Children aged 6 weeks to 12 years are welcome at Polk County CourtCare.

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Forum to discuss stormwater solutions

MONMOUTH — An Ash Creek stormwater solutions forum will be held Sept. 12.

The forum will be for citizens concerned with the health of Ash Creek. Members of the Luckiamute Watershed Council and a graduate student intern from Oregon State University hope to learn how local homeowners wish to shape the future of Ash Creek. Information from this forum will guide a study of stormwater solutions in the Ash Creek watershed.

The forum will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Monmouth Public Library. A complimentary dinner will be served by Ovenbird Bakery. Space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday online at, or call 503-837-0237.

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