Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
May 14, 2013
In these days of corporate takeovers and the collective sameness of large department stores and hotels and restaurants where everything is the same from coast to coast, living in Polk County offers us an opportunity to enjoy these special and unique pleasures that folks in the cities can only dream of.
One of the best things about living in MI Town is seeing friends and neighbors -- and sharing good times in a place where everybody knows your name.
It's not too soon to register your kindergarten through fifth-grade kids for the Junior Master Gardener Day Camps, sponsored by OSU Extension 4-H, Oregon 4-H Foundation and Monmouth Parks and Recreation.
There will be three different camps this summer -- all held June 24-26 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. -- and if you register by June 5, the fee is $20 per student. Registration fee after that date is $30. There is a maximum charge of $50 per family. There may be scholarship funding available.
Accommodations may be made for children with disabilities, so be sure to indicate if that is necessary when you call to register.
For more information: 503-623-8395; online at www.extension.oregonstate.edu/polk.
We're right in the middle of May and our thoughts are mostly on getting the gardens planted, the roses fertilized and the lawns mowed. But summertime will be here before we know it and that means the Polk County Fair is not too far over the horizon.
This year's fair theme is "Farm Fresh Family Fun." Mark your calendars for Aug. 8-11 and start thinking about ideas for entries and exhibits so you can get involved in one of the best summer events in Polk County.
I'll be Table Settings superintendent again this year. The categories for table settings are: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fair Theme and a Children's Theme. Call me at 503-838-7302 to reserve a space and have the opportunity to win some special prizes.
The Monmouth Senior Center has a full slate of activities and trips planned for those of us of a certain age (over 50). Call Sue Teal at 503-838-5678 for more information.
This is the season for proms, celebrations and graduations, and we want them to be wonderful and memorable. It's the time of year when we joyfully throw caution to the winds and want to savor every minute of every day.
Let's all try to make these prom and graduation festivities even more special by not drinking alcohol or using drugs. A treasured memory can turn into a tragedy in a heartbeat, and we treasure our young people too much to have that happen.