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2/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

February 19, 2013

After bringing cards and messages of love and good tidings, St. Valentine has packed up his quiver of arrows and moved on until next year.

MI Town's businesses and restaurants were all decked out in shades of red, pink and white, with lacy hearts and flowers, which are always most welcome during these cold and rainy winter days.

It's fun to see primroses, pansies and other bright spots of vibrant colors showing up here and there, and it's a reminder that springtime is not too far away. Daffodils and tulips are beginning to make their presence known in flower beds, and our stores and flower shops have bouquets for sale so we can bring a little springtime right into our homes.

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February weather provides us with more twists and turns than a Monte Carlo road rally. One day we're outside without even a light jacket -- and the next, we're curled up in a big chair by the fire, wondering when the warmth will begin to soothe our chilled bones.

For those of us who venture out on these chilly mornings for a trek around MI Town, the rewards are numerous and the feeling of accomplishment can quickly replace thoughts of doom and gloom on a midwinter day.

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The Monmouth Police Department has scheduled an open house March 2 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Stop by the police station, located at 238 Jackson St. E., for a tour of the facilities and to get more information about the proposed bond measure to get funding for a new police station on Highway 99 at the former Forest Capital-Boise Cascade Building. Chief Darrell Tallan and other city officials will be available to answer questions during that time.

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Friends of the Independence Library would like to invite everyone to its upcoming seventh annual movie fundraiser on March 11 at 7 p.m. "Finding Forrester," starring Sean Connery, is the featured movie and there will be free popcorn and many door prizes. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Independence Public Library. For more information: Betty Plude, 503-838-4039.

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Seniors ... do you remember what happened to your blue suede shoes, crinoline skirts and 45 rpm platters? How'd you like to spend an afternoon with your friends and Mark Stevenz, Elvis impersonator, to rekindle those good old memories?

Thanks to funding from Independence Health and Rehab, we can enjoy hotdogs and hamburgers Feb. 27 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center, and enjoy the music and dancing. Bet you'll still remember all the words to the songs, too!

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