MI Town

Today is the last day of a month that most of us will be happy to bid a fond farewell — January has mostly been days of rain and even more rain. Puzzles and board games kept us busy, and the books we received for Christmas helped maintain our sanity.

Groundhog Day is right around the corner, and we’ll see what the weather prognosticators have to say about the possibilities of six more weeks of winter. In the Willamette Valley, we know that we’ll have lots of the usual rain, along with occasional frosty mornings for the next six weeks, and then some. Even though we’re beginning to see the first hints of springtime with tiny buds on the trees and the slightest bit of what will become daffodils peeking out from the frozen ground, it’s still a long time before we can relegate those heavy coats and wool hats to the back of the closet.

We certainly appreciate the hard work our Independence and Monmouth police officers are doing to help keep MI Town as safe as possible. The recent home break-ins and property destruction have many of us feeling uneasy, somewhat frightened and suspicious of strangers. Theft and vandalism are definitely not welcome in our communities, no matter what the circumstances. We’re reminded to call 911 to report any unlawful activity.

Monmouth Senior Center has a community breakfast this Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the best part is you don’t have to be a senior to enjoy it. It’s a great opportunity to see new and old friends. Be sure to bring your family and start your busy day off right. If you haven’t stopped by the center lately, please pick up a copy of the monthly newsletter to discover the many classes and field trips that are available.

Both the Monmouth and Independence public libraries have excellent programs for our children and teens during these wintry days. There’s something so special about a trip to the library — and the opportunity to travel to faraway places without venturing farther than a comfy chair by the fireplace. MI Town’s libraries are the greatest.

We all love our dogs and enjoy taking them for daily walks. Applause and gratitude to those who carry plastic bags to clean up after what their pets leave behind. Unfortunately, there are others who treat neighbors’ lawns as their dogs’ private restrooms. We don’t appreciate that kind of sharing, and neither do little children or other pets.

Let’s all be hopeful that better weather days are ahead — and that if the groundhog does indeed see his shadow — we’ll have lots of things to keep us busy and happy in MI-Town.

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