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4/24 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

April 23, 2013

It's hard to believe that Miss April will soon be packing her mixed bag of usual weather tricks of rain and more rain, frosty mornings, hail, wind and those scary dark clouds to make room for what we are all hoping will be a beautiful and flower-filled May.

All the summertime activities are just around the corner, but in the meantime we'll be busy planting flowers and getting the gardens ready as the fear of frost disappears with the brand new, bright and shiny month of May.

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Speaking of summertime, the Polk County Fair is scheduled Aug. 8-11, with a great theme of "Farm Fresh Family Fun."

For those of us who have loved county fairs since we were kids involved in various 4-H activities, we're looking forward to all the good times.

If you've never attended, or can't remember the last time you were at the Polk County Fair, it's time to really discover what you've been missing. This year, our fair will rely on more and more volunteers -- with superintendents needed in various categories from fine arts and poetry to dairy cattle and fowl. Call Tina Andersen at 503-623-3048 if you have a background, knowledge or interest that you can share with your neighbors. You'll enjoy it and become a real enthusiast all over again.

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It's almost time for the Friends of the Monmouth Library's annual book sale. Be sure to mark your calendars for May 2-4, or you'll have to wait until next year to find some really great bargains on next-to-new books, children's books, classics, paperbacks and everything in between.

The sale begins May 2 for members only (but you can join at the door) from 5 to 7 p.m. Sales to the public are scheduled May 3 from noon until 6 p.m. and May 4 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Monmouth Garden Club's spring plant sale will also be on May 4 in the library parking lot, so you'll have the opportunity to buy blooms and books in one convenient location.

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After reading about and viewing television news coverage of the tragic events of late -- the Boston Marathon bombings, the explosions in the small town of West, Texas, as well as mail deliveries of poisonous substances to members of Congress -- there's a big temptation to pull the covers over our heads or hide out in the basement and wonder just what the world is coming to.

We need to show those who wish harm upon our great nation that we are truly better than that. When we focus on doing good things for others, we don't have time for fear.