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10/16 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

October 15, 2013

How quickly these autumn days fly by. We are right in the middle of October, and already the advertisements for Thanksgiving and Christmas are beginning to make their presence known. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could enjoy holidays and celebrations at the moment without constant reminders of others?


Thursday is the Monmouth Senior Center's soup and pie luncheon, where homemade soups and pies from some of the best kitchens in MI Town can be enjoyed. Prices are $3 for a large bowl of soup and $2 for a slice of pie. Soup and pie will be served from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and then you'll have to wait until spring of next year for your next opportunity to enjoy this event. The senior center still has cookbooks for sale for $20, which will benefit the building fund.


After enjoying a hot bowl of soup and a slice of pie, what could be better than a good read? MI Town's Marilyn Morton and her book, "Haunted Independence, Oregon," and Betty Plude's book about the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 are both for sale at the Independence Public Library. Proceeds from the sale of these books will benefit the Friends of the Independence Public Library. Mark Oct. 30 on your calendar for a discussion of "Haunted Independence, Oregon" at the library at 7:30 p.m. What a great way to get into a Halloween mood.


If you participated in Independence's Ghost Walk during the recent Hop & Heritage Festival -- or even if you didn't -- here's a chance to learn more about hauntings and other spooky happenings. Benjamin J. Kreger is the author of an adaptation of tales written in comic book form, titled "Spirits of Independence -- A Ghost Walk Companion." This fun book is illustrated by Dexter Wee, Ben Hanson and Scott A. Story and is available for $5 at the Independence Heritage Museum or by contacting Marilyn Morton at 503-837-0700 or via email to


Friends of the Monmouth Public Library are requesting donations of good, gently used books for its upcoming holiday sale. You may bring any books to the circulation desk and you may request a receipt for tax purposes if you wish. The sale dates have been set for Dec. 5 for members only, and Dec. 6-7 for the general public. If you'd like to join the Friends of the Monmouth Library, stop by the desk during library business hours.

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