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3/20 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

March 19, 2013

According to the calendar, Wednesday (today) is the first day of spring and it's almost time to put away our heavy coats, scarves and warm woolen mittens.

For those of us who enjoy the bounty from our vegetable gardens, there are weeds to be pulled, seeds to be sown and plants to be put into the soil once the sun warms the garden area and the fear of frost is gone.

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Before we know it, summer will be arriving in MI Town. There is a group of volunteers already planning the Fourth of July Festival, and we could use lots of ideas and suggestions. Contact Mark Fancey, Monmouth community development director, 503-751-0147, for more information and to find out how you can get involved. He can also be reached via email to mfancey@ci.monmouth.or.us.

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Polk County students in grades 9-12, including home-school students, are eligible to enter the third annual Polk County Women for Agriculture Constitutional Essay Contest. This year's topic: "How is the Constitution still relevant today?"

Cash prizes will be awarded -- $300, $200 and $100 -- and all entries will receive a pocket copy of the Constitution. Each winner will also receive two books on the Constitution by Oregon author Mary Webster.

Essays can be up to 500 words and submitted via computer. Essays will be judged on understanding of the issue, clear thinking and writing, presentation, grammar and spelling.

For information regarding rules and deadlines: Arlene at kovasha@gmail.com or 503-838-3512; Carol Marx at camarx@aol.com or 503-362-6225. Contest information is also available on the Oregon Women for Agriculture website at http://www.owaonline.org/polkchapter.html.

Winners will be announced in September to coincide with Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

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Spring vacation is on the horizon, with students and their families busy with MI Town's library activities, day trips to the Oregon Coast, and enjoying more light at the end of the day. Let's all be extra careful when driving around town.