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4/10 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

April 10, 2013

These spring days have brought out bicycle riders of all ages -- and a reminder to all of us to watch out for even the smallest youngster darting out from behind parked cars on our local streets.

The street signs in many areas say 20 mph in MI Town and there's a temptation to push our luck on maintaining that speed for very long. However, on many neighborhood streets where the children are occupied with play, games and having fun with their friends, we all need to stay extra cautious and to constantly be watchful for kids, bikes and each other.

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Springtime has brought an increase in the number of cats and kittens, and while they are cute, adorable and cuddly, as time goes by it becomes more difficult to find homes for those furry babies.

Now is a good time to call our local veterinarians and make an appointment to spay or neuter your favorite pet. In many cases, a payment plan can be worked out and you'll be doing yourself and our community a favor by limiting the number of unwanted pets.

Our Max wants to go outside to play with the neighborhood felines, but because he is an indoor cat and we don't want him to lose any more of his nine lives than he has previously used, he has to be mostly content with meowing and hissing through the backdoor screen. The birds who are nesting and visiting our backyard trees appreciate one less predator as well.

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April has been designated National Poetry Month, and the Friends of the Monmouth Library invite adults to join in a fun and enjoyable evening -- Playing Around with Words, an interactive poetry reading.

Local poet, writing teacher and publisher Donna Henderson will read from her own work and will invite readers to participate in short, fun (and optional) poetry-generating activities to bring out everyone's inner poet.

Mark your calendars for April 18 and join us in the Library Meeting Room from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

For more information: Margaret Johnson, president, Friends of the Monmouth Library, 503-838-3995.

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