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9/18 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

September 17, 2013

Just about the only indicators that fall is almost upon us are the return of early morning darkness and the month and date on the calendar.

It's really hard to concentrate on putting away all our light and bright summer clothes when the temperature is in the 80s, with those endless blue skies as far as the eye can see. At our house we are still in the mood for summertime meals, and the fresh garden fruits and vegetables are not showing any signs of fading away.

Summertime can linger a bit longer in MI Town, because we know that Old Man Winter will be here before we know it.

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Not all of us have the advantage of planting, picking and eating home-grown produce. If you don't have the time, space, energy or inclination for home gardening, there's still an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as all kinds of craft items, for sale at local farmers markets.

On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from noon until 6 p.m. in the old fire station parking lot, 152 Warren St. N., across from Main Street Park in Monmouth, you can check out the Monmouth Farm and Craft Market. On Saturday there are two market sites in Independence, both open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Sterling Savings parking lot, 302 S. Main St., and at Riverview Park and Amphitheater on Main Street.

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For many years now we have enjoyed so many events and programs at MI Town's very own college -- and fall brings just about our favorite Saturday activity.

Western Oregon University's first home football game of the season is this Saturday, when our Wolves meet Dixie State at 1 p.m. What could be more fun than a football game on a bright and shining September afternoon in MI Town?

It's a great family activity and you can also help support WOU athletic programs, have a good time with others, and catch some youthful enthusiasm and energy. See you there.

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On Sept. 25, the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce and Monmouth Business Association welcome new and returning Western Oregon University students to a free food and information event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in The Grove on the WOU campus. For more information, contact the chamber at 503-838-4268.

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I've always thought of fall as the season of new beginnings, but this year I've said goodbye for the season to the bright, young preschool students and support staff in the OCDC's Migrant Education Program in Independence. I've been privileged to meet many people, especially parents and families, who want their children to have the opportunities that weren't available in earlier years. Their goal is to see children learn English while retaining their Spanish language, so they can live good and rewarding lives.

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