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9/11 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

September 10, 2013

It's the time of year when there is such a subtle change to the seasons as we transition from summer into fall. The golden dawn of early morning seems to be a minute or two later every day now that we are nearly into mid-September. After rising early all summer, it's very tempting to sleep in just a little bit longer -- or at least until daylight.

These are fine evenings since the weather is gradually getting cooler, when we can enjoy sitting outside in the quiet time just after sunset. The nights are the best and most comfortable to fall asleep listening to the sounds of crickets just beyond the windows.

The backyard trees are loaded with an abundance of fruit this year, and it's only a matter of time before the good smells of cinnamon and applesauce fill the entire house. It's almost time to get out the applesauce cake recipe, not to mention filling the freezer with apple pie filling. When those cold, dark and rainy January days arrive, there's nothing better than a hot slice of homemade apple pie to bring back memories of this season.

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It's also the time of year when many of our local groups and organizations will be gearing up for the fall and winter, and volunteers are always welcome to help at the food bank, churches and the Monmouth Senior Center, just to mention a few examples.

Involvement with civic activities gives us all an opportunity to learn just what is happening in our communities, and volunteers are always welcome and needed. No matter what your interests, it's fun to meet people who can share similar -- as well as different -- ideas. We can always learn something new and share with others.

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The Independence Hop and Heritage Festival is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 27, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 29. Pie-eating contests and dance competitions, many professional entertainers to enjoy, ghost walks, a barbecue at the Elks and even a home brew competition are scheduled. A flapjack breakfast at the Independence Airport will help fund scholarships and fireworks are also planned. Let's try to attend everything we can and enjoy the entire weekend.

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None of us like to receive those sales pitches via phone -- and soon they'll be able to call your cell phone. The Federal Trade Commission wants to remind everyone to register their cell phone on their "Do Not Call" list. This can be done by calling 888-382-1222.

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During these golden transition days, it's good to take a moment to be thankful for the good blessings of our wonderful Willamette Valley and to take the time to enjoy it all.

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