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10/9 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

October 08, 2013

I was pleased to officiate at a recent wedding in Corvallis and see a beautiful wedding cake from Ovenbird Bakery in Independence.

What fun to visit with Kathy Schaub and share our summertime stories and activities while enjoying a lovely afternoon.

Even the showers couldn't dampen the fun we all shared on this special day.

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Many of us have settled into the regular routines of the season, clearing out the garden spaces and -- on those rare sunny days -- raking up leaves and cones from fir and pine trees.

Now is also a good time to get back to cleaning up the garage and clearing the shed of unwanted hazardous chemicals, old latex/oil-based paints, poisons, caustic cleaners and other items.

On Saturday, households can drop off these items between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Riverview Park in Independence. There is no charge for this service, which is being coordinated by Polk County, Independence, Monmouth and Salem. If you are a business or have a farm and are dropping off large quantities of material, there will be a small fee for this service. Farms and businesses only, preregister by calling 1-253-288-2813.

Ammunition, explosives, radioactive or biological material will not be accepted.

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With all of the political issues in our nation's capitol, we've also seen some pretty nasty and downright untruthful emails -- from both political parties -- and it's a shame that people who have been elected to serve all of their constituents are manipulated by a small percentage of voters.

The politics of hate and fear should never be welcome in MI Town or anywhere else, and malicious rumors at best should be ignored and not passed on as facts.

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For most of us, the world of economics is far away from our daily lives (I took one economics course in college and that was enough for me), but things happening in Washington, D.C., are definitely affecting everyone.

During these times, we need to be mindful of our friends and neighbors who could use some extra help -- we could share something from our cupboards or freezers, good and serviceable clothing our children have grown out of, or a smile and a cup of coffee on a cold and rainy day.

These times are not easy for our local merchants and restaurants, with payrolls to meet and rent to pay, and these are our friends and neighbors, too.

It's just a good time to spend our money where our town is and realize that we're all in this together.

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