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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

February 18, 2014

Our February weather provides us with more twists and turns than a Monte Carlo road rally. One day we’re out working in the yard without even a light jacket, and the next we’re curled up in a big chair by the fire, wondering when the warmth will begin to soothe our chilled bones.

We’ve all been comparing notes on our snowstorm and after enduring that event, the rainy days and nights are downright welcome. For those of us who venture out on these chilly mornings for a trek around MI Town, the rewards are numerous and the feeling of accomplishment can quickly replace thoughts of doom and gloom on a midwinter day.

It’s easy to envy friends and family members who are away for this season — soaking up sunshine beside the pool or walking on warm sand beside tropical waters. But when Mr. Sun makes his infrequent appearance in the midst of a clear blue sky, it is wonderful to be outdoors and enjoy the crocuses and daffodils, and to listen to birdsongs everywhere.

We all have faith that our beautiful Willamette Valley will soon wake up from a long winter’s nap, even though in the next few minutes the rain will again be upon us.

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend the 22nd annual Central FFA Alumni Benefit Auction and Dinner this Saturday at Central High School.

The silent auction is scheduled between 5 and 7 p.m., dinner is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and the oral auction will begin at 7 p.m. Enjoy a pork dinner and help support the youth program in MI Town. Prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. There is no charge to attend the auction and you have the opportunity to register to win a 42,000 BTU four-burner gas grill if you are 18 years of age or older.

For more information: 503-838-2035.

Last week was a busy one at our house, with meetings and chores leaving little extra time. On Wednesday, we checked the calendar and discovered tacos and nachos were being served at the Elks in Independence, so that became our dinner destination. What a nice surprise to see so many young families and their children enjoying the good food and visiting with one another. There are lots of family-friendly activities going on, with reasonable prices, too.

For more information about membership and community events at the Independence Elks Lodge: 503-838-1950.

Congratulations to local Elks scholarship winners Michael Osborn and Madison Yang, first prize; Aarin Dutton and Johnathan Archer, second prize; and Sydney Slater and Trevor Whitaker, third prize.

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