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MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Does anybody else remember when those hot summer days didn’t really begin until after the Fourth of July?

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COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK

*MCS host Chinese conversation night*Titus KKK to host golf tourney July 18*Volunteers needed to help MSC*Two grand marshals to lead parade*Today last day to submit artwork*Free meals for seniors at center

West Valley Hospital sells books for fundraiser

Books are Fun to benefit Polk County high school seniors

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Disease hitting boxwood shrubs

A disease that attacks boxwood shrubs could potentially become a serious problem in residential and public gardens in western Oregon.

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*Free bike checks at Bounty Market*BBQ competition looking for teams*Artists wanted for Fourth art show*FBB hosts local playgroups for kids*Igou celebration set for Tuesday*YMCA camps still have openings*CHS Class of 1955 holds 60th reunion

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Growing the perfect, tasty tomato

Nothing drives Oregon vegetable gardeners to distraction like the elusive quest for a ripe crop of tomatoes.

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*Celebrate new park features*Local painter is artist of the month*Firefighter's host Sunday breakfast*DSA hosts music event on Monday*Storyteller to visit Wagner Library*PCL Solstice event auction Saturday*Chamber luncheon to feature CCCBI

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Ducks receive nod from Monmouth council

Monmouth City Council approved expanding the city’s chicken ordinance to include ducks.

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*Rogue presents 'Rockin' the River'*Class on living with diabetes offered*Local history buff will speak in Indy*Evans hosts small business forum*Registration for STEP up to 4-H*Auction to benefit church youth*Poppy sales will benefit veterans*Breakfast at the Grange on Sunday*Intro to iPads class set for Thursday*Two-Mck Logging to hold reunion*Camp Might Oaks begins on July 25*Pentacle Theatre staging comedies*City manager to speak on Friday*Local pub to host Oregon IPA tasting*Rabbit's will host benefit for Polk RFL*Master Gardeners will meet tonight*Center craft class returns on June 18.

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Easy ways to fight the ‘big four’ foes of roses

Charmingly warm weather coaxed roses into bloom early this year, which means dealing with the usual diseases and pests earlier, too.

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*Monmouth Fitness to host open house*Willamette Art to host fundraiser*Artists reception at WOU gallery*YMCA host dance recital on Saturday*Independence Grill now has live music

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*Emeritus Society to meet Monday*Improve memory through workshop*Senior Center jam set for Thursday*Join in YMCA Indy pool clean-up*M-I YMCA to host free Saturday event*Art exhibit opening at Tom Kunke Art*Monmouth survey focuses on future*PCL host artist gathering today

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Hanging baskets put the color in summer

Hanging a basket filled with colorful plants gives decks and gardens another dimension.

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*Free container collection Friday*Ristau reads from new novel May 27*Wash your car, and benefit PC Relay*Fractal art at the Bread Board*Yeast breads class set for May 30*Library display to feature shells*County hazardous waste collection*Left Coast Cellars hosts 'Sip & Stroll'

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

This is National Public Works week (May 17-23) and it gives us an opportunity to take time to think about how many good and positive things happen in MI Town because of the hard work and diligence of our public workers.

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