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PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Corbin Sedlacek, a seventh-grader from Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools’ Pedee campus, stopped by the Women’s Club last Wednesday to interview members about an unnamed creek by Maple Grove Road that his class is studying and trying to name.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The calendar tells us that we’re knee-deep in springtime — and in MI Town that means that kids of all ages are in the midst of participating in wonderful outdoor sports.

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The Polk County Saddle-ites are planning their annual poker ride for Saturday, June 20.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

We’re right in the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8), which gives me an opportunity to thank all those dedicated and overworked folks.

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

Congratulations to Pedee Church’s pastor Daniel Russell, who graduated from the Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry with a Master’s of Ministry.

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The winners of the 2014 U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps Annual Awards were announced last week and Amanda Bennett, granddaughter of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, received the Richard C. Schneider Award, given to a chaplain assistant airman.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

The springtime days seem to be flying by so quickly, and this Friday we will welcome the merry month of May.

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

It seems to be birthday time right now.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Springtime in MI Town is proof to all of us that Mother Nature has many tricks up her proverbial sleeve.

PEDEE NEWS: Arlene Kovash

The Pedee Youth Group has been going strong again.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

A sure sign of spring in MI Town was the opening of the farmers markets last weekend.

YOUR GARDEN: Kym Pokorny

Tackle job of pruning shrubs

Put clippers to good use pruning shrubs correctly.

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Through the eyes of an artist

Tomlinson finds potential art in everything from words to sticks

INDEPENDENCE — Robert Tomlinson’s art studio in Independence is stacked with spray-painted branches, twigs, gold-painted sunglasses, dominos and dice.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

See you Thursday for soup and pie at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St. Doors open at 11 a.m.

MI TOWN: Patty Taylor Dutcher

I’m always wishing for the lion to arrive and be long gone by the end of the month, so we can welcome April with the scampering, happy lambs.

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