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BottleDrop easy way to help turf

The Dallas Booster Club is spearheading a campaign to raise $800,000 to install artificial turf at Dallas High School. We have been collecting cans and bottles since last summer, and it has been a huge success.

BottleDrop is an opportunity for everyone in our community to contribute, and we greatly appreciate the support we have received.

Nov. 20 - Dec. 20 was a Holiday Matching period sponsored by BottleDrop.

We set a goal to raise $5,000 during that period and we achieved it. As a result, BottleDrop credited our account an additional $2,118. Not only did we reach our goal, we raised more money than any other BottleDrop featured fundraiser during this time.

We could not be successful without a small army of volunteers. Dave Voves, John Strader, Bill White, Mike Hiebert and Barb Chaney have spent countless hours collecting and transporting bags.

Kathy Voves is leading the expansion of the program into neighborhood pickups. And the Buchanan family has graciously offered a secure place to store bags prior to transport.

Les Schwab has been our partner every step of the way. Their support has been invaluable as we host collections there on the last Saturday of every month (10-2 p.m.). And now they will take your bags anytime in between.

Several athletes at the high school have volunteered their time to help with BottleDrop Saturdays. This past weekend we collected over $1,100 in just four hours. This brings our grand total raised to over $13,000.

I want to thank everyone who has donated their cans and bottles to this project. You are bringing us closer to our goal every day. With $577,000 raised to date, we are on track to order materials in April. So keep saving your empties for us, and we’ll see you at Les Schwab.

Stephanie Earhart

Dallas Booster Club President

Dallas

Pokemon Go unites people

Pokemon Go brings our community together. We had a Mew Two EX raid (invite-only from the game) at Monmouth Park Splash Fountain on Feb. 3, 50 to 60 people came together to play.

This group has become like a family; we meet sometimes multiple times a day to join forces to battle high level pokemon for a chance to capture them.

Our group has toddlers, grandparents, students, professionals, families, and young couples starting out. It is truly a display of the power of connecting with a common interest and looking beyond superficial differences.

We have supported members with illnesses, celebrated milestones of life and shared much wisdom beyond Pokemon Go.

The game is also encouraging community days and offers incentives for the players to get out of the house, interact with communities and get exercise.

Jennifer Grover

Monmouth



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