Mother Nature seemed to go out of her way last Thursday to bring more than her share of rain and wind and wet leaves everywhere, but even that didn’t dampen the spirits — or the appetites —of everyone who came to the Monmouth Senior Center’s soup and pie sale. The best cooks in MI Town and Polk County prepared and served everyone who was fortunate enough to enjoy the afternoon. Gene and Joy Lund brought an extra bit of autumn sunshine to the brightly decorated tables. A hearty round of applause to Center Director Sue Teal and all the volunteers who make the day special and a lot of fun for all.

Don and I were privileged to spend the past weekend in Walnut Creek, Calif., to celebrate the wedding of grandson, Anthony and his best girl, Kayla. They met almost 10 years ago as fellow high school students, then went on to follow their education and career goals. We had such a great time meeting their friends and sharing good memories with family members from near and far. It’s such fun to catch that youthful enthusiasm and energy, which will get us through the darkest and gloomiest days of winter.

We don’t want to say farewell to Monmouth Senior Center Director Sue Teal, but can agree that she has earned her well-deserved retirement and opportunity to do all the things she’s always wanted to do — but didn’t have the time. Wednesday (today) at 3:30 p.m., we will have a chance to meet and greet the candidates for her position at the Monmouth Senior Center.

It seems that every time we turn around, there’s more than enough chatter and conversation about ‘fake news,’ and most of us are completely turned off by that expression. The Oregon Humanities is presenting “Beyond Fake News,” in the meeting room at the Monmouth Public Library on Nov. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. Oregon State University outreach librarian, Kelly McElroy, will speak on a topic that should be of interest to everyone. Many thanks to the Friends of the Monmouth Public Library for providing funding for this evening’s presentation.

The calendar tells us that Halloween is just around the corner and we’re hoping for an afternoon and evening of clear skies so the witches and goblins and superheroes won’t have to be covered up with raincoats and jackets. It’s always a fun time of year for celebrants of all ages, and a reminder to everyone to be watchful driving and walking around our communities.

From goblins and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us.

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