Monday, December 09, 2013
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March 05, 2013
With the rain and wind making their presence known on these early March evenings, most of us are trying to decide whether to go to the nearest lumber yard for ark building supplies or just put another log on the fire and snuggle down in a comfy chair with a good book.
Those brave little daffodils and tiny purple violets are starting to appear all over MI Town and that gives us some hope that the long, cold and wet winter will soon be over.
Even though most of us received flu shots, these nasty cold germs and viruses somehow managed to catch just about everyone unaware. Warm sunshine can't arrive soon enough.
Among topics before members of the Oregon Legislature, the death penalty is usually a hot-button issue -- with each side believing they are right.
On Thursday, Western Oregon University's Communication Club and Communication Studies Department will host an event featuring two exonerated former death-row inmates, Juan Melendez and Greg Wilhoit. These men spent a combined time of more than 20 years on death row before they were released from prison.
"Witnesses to Innocence" is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 105 of the Health and Wellness Center.
Co-hosts for the event include Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the WOU Criminal Justice Association.
For information: 503-838-8000.
Bright yellow daffodils and sweet smelling crocus aren't the only harbingers of springtime. Be sure to mark your calendars and make plans for March 21, when the Monmouth Senior Center Soup and Pie Sale appears on the scene. Don't miss your opportunity to get homemade soups and pies from the best kitchens in MI Town -- and to share a good time with family, friends and others who have been looking forward to this day since last fall.
On March 22, the Friends of the Monmouth Library are sponsoring a book reading and book signing event. Two local authors, Kimberly Jensen, professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University, and Scott McArthur, local historian, will talk about their new books in the meeting room of the Monmouth Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Jensen's book, "Oregon's Doctor to the World," is a biography of Esther Pohl Lovejoy. McArthur's book, "The Enemy Never Came," is a story about the Civil War and the West Coast.
Let's find some good books, games and hobbies to get us through the next few weeks of windy and rainy weather, and before we know it we'll be out planting flowers and mowing lawns.
In the meantime, MI Town is a very fine place to be.