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MI TOWN

We’re deep into midwinter in MI Town and it seems like springtime is a distant faraway dream.

PEDEE NEWS

It was a heartbreaking Christmas Eve for Jerry and Jo Dhoogie, whose store, Bridgeport Gardens right off Kings Valley Highway, burned to the ground that night.

MI TOWN

About those New Year’s Resolutions — most of us talk about making them, and I know people who even take the time and effort to write long lists, including things like working to promote world peace and freedom, along with remembering to take those empty bottles and cans to the grocery store before they completely take over the garage.

Eagle Scout Announcement

Lars Haugen, of Independence, earned his Eagle Scout Award.

MI TOWN

The beautiful Christmas carols have taken flight from the airwaves and all the department stores for another year, we’re finishing up the last of the cookies and candy and writing thank-you notes, sorting the pretty wrapping papers for recycling and taking time to reflect upon all the goodness and blessings of the season.

PEDEE NEWS

Nola Womer’s place has been sold so we now have new neighbors, Mike and Kim Heggen, of Salem.

MI TOWN

Mother Nature brought us a winter wonderland last week which gave us an opportunity to bundle up in layers of warm clothing, dig out those boots, and see what was going on in our world.

PEDEE NEWS

Christmas is on Sunday this year and what better way to celebrate than going to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus?

MI TOWN

At this time of year, it seems like bazillions of articles are written about how to “survive” the holidays, and books appear on the shelves telling us how to manage to get through the weeks from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.

PEDEE NEWS

Steve and Audrey Cameron received a blessing at Thanksgiving when all five of their children and their families came home to visit.

MI TOWN

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in MI Town with the Monmouth Garden Club Annual Greens Sale, followed by parades and the 49th annual tree lighting on the Western Oregon University campus last Friday.

PEDEE NEWS

James and Jenny Mellein and Leo and Annika were delighted to be with Jenny’s parents, Belden and Barbie Hedgpeth, of Wren, and Barbie’s sister and brother-in-law Terry and Kathie Stats, of Vallejo, Calif., and their daughter Katie for Thanksgiving.

PEDEE NEWS

Christmas lights are coming up in Pedee. Mick and Debbie Cochrane’s were first, and really beautify the neighborhood.

MI TOWN

Tomorrow is the first day of December, and as we say goodbye to the month of November and all the good — and not so wonderful —things that happened over the past 30 days, let’s try to put the angst and craziness of the recent election season in the garbage can along with the turkey carcass from Thanksgiving.

MI TOWN

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and whether we celebrate Thanksgiving this year at home in MI Town or faraway, with generations of family members or with a few good friends, with a sumptuous dinner at home, at a restaurant, or a supper of stone soup and biscuits, it gives us all an opportunity to remember the good things in our lives that we so often take for granted.

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