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4/17 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

April 16, 2013

For those of us fortunate enough to live in this wonderful Willamette Valley, growing our own fruits and vegetables is such a privilege.

We're in the midst of preparing garden beds, trying to clear those pesky weeds that have sprouted up just about everywhere, deciding what to plant, and looking forward to a bountiful harvest this summer.

For fresh garden produce and other items, everyone can visit farmers markets in Independence -- one located in the parking lot of Sterling Bank that's open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and the second, just down Main Street at Riverview Park, open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Monmouth Farmers Market is open Saturdays and Wednesdays from noon until 6 p.m.

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Since April is National Poetry Month, the Friends of the Monmouth Library have invited local poet, writing teacher and publisher Donna Henderson to present a fun and interesting program for adults Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Monmouth Public Library meeting room.

There is no charge for this event, and refreshments will be served. Discover your "inner poet," or just enjoy the evening with friends.

Henderson lives with her husband, Rick Sutliff, on 20 acres south of Monmouth, where they are working to replant wetlands in native plants and restoring its indigenous oak savannah.

For more event information: Margaret Johnson, 503-838-3995.

Hope to see you there.

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If you're curious about design plans for Main Street Park and its amphitheater, be sure to attend an open house Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Monmouth Public Library meeting room.

Community Development Director Mark Fancey will be showing preliminary concepts and ideas for the amphitheater, and residents are welcome to share their ideas and comments.

For more information: Mark Fancey, 503-751-0147.

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Even though the stock market continues to rise and news stories frequently say that we are on the road to recovery, for many individuals and families money is tight and every penny counts more than ever.

The Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program is available for those who meet monthly income guidelines and can provide food for families, children, the elderly and disabled. The annual application fee is $5 and membership cost is $42 per month. Members receive food every Wednesday on a weekly basis, with an average value of $100 to $200.

For more information: 503-831-5634; www.WVFAP.org.

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Let's all concentrate a little bit more on spending our money in MI Town, where we can buy from our friends and neighbors and help local businesses stay afloat. When our money stays in our communities, it's a good thing for everyone.

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