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5/29 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

May 28, 2013

It's countdown time for students of all ages in MI Town as the end of the school year is temptingly close. These last few days before summer vacation seem to take forever, especially with the recent Memorial Day weekend and its camp outs, barbecues and all those warm-weather activities that offer a glimpse of a wonderful season to come.

Graduations, summer jobs, vacations and hanging out with friends and family are just out there, nearly within reach. It is hard to concentrate on English, geography and all the other classes when the sun is a bright canary yellow outside the classroom window.


Many of our Western Oregon University students will be leaving in the days ahead and we'll miss their youthful energy and contributions to our community. There are still many activities on campus for all of us to seek out and enjoy during the summertime and all through the year.


The votes from our recent special election have been counted. The levy to ensure that money will be available for operating expenses in Independence passed, with nearly 55 percent of citizens voting in the affirmative. Monmouth Police Department will soon have a new home and plenty of room for staff and services, thanks to the passage of a levy to purchase the former Forest Capital building on Highway 99W. This measure passed easily, with more than 59 percent "yes" votes.


After those unseasonably warm days we so enjoyed recently, the cold and rainy weather returned and it felt like winter all over again. After seeing the recent devastation caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma, we realize just how fortunate we are to live in Oregon. Please send anything you can afford to the Red Cross or Salvation Army to help those people rebuild their lives.


Saturday is the monthly breakfast at the Monmouth Senior Center. Hardworking volunteers serve an outstanding breakfast for $6 ($3 for children under 12 years of age) -- and you don't have to be a senior to enjoy all these good things. Hungry folks of all ages are welcome to share pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy with family and friends before everyone begins another busy weekend.


Be sure to save the Explore Polk County magazine that was included in last week's issue of the Itemizer-Observer so you can plan events for your family all year long -- and find good places to share with friends, with folks visiting from out of town, and lots of activities for any time you want to get out and enjoy life. Every page showcases new and fun things and takes away the reason to ever say "I'm bored ... and there's nothing to do."

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