Friday, December 06, 2013
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From left, Deitz Peters, Wayne Chulik and Stuart Whitehead dance during the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde's 30th Restoration Powwow Friday night at Spirit Mountain Casino's Event Center. Dozens of dancers participated in the event, which was part of two days celebrating the 30th anniversary of CTGR's restoration.
Central High's cheerleading squad fires up the crowd at Panther Stadium Friday night during Central's Class 4A state football play-in game with Junction City. The Panthers defeated the Tigers 64-27, advancing to this weekend's opening round of the state playoffs Click on Sports on our website for more prep football coverage.
Workers finish sidewalk paving in front of the Polk County Courthouse on Friday. The improvements to Dallas' 800-900 block of Main Street have been delayed by weather, but crews were able to start on the west side of the street blocks last week.
Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard south of Independence was one of many beer vendors who brought their fermented delights to the Hop & Heritage beer garden.
"Ghost Host" Eric Biners describes the history of downtown Independence and its spectral residents to his Ghost Walk group Friday.
Josh Cronin, left, and Track Town Ales brewer Sam Scoggins score entries during the 2013 Homebrew competition Saturday at the Independence Hop & Heritage Festival.
Laura Beans with Gilgamesh Brewing of Salem serves up their fresh hop offering at Saturday's Hop & Heritage Festival. For more festival coverage, see Pages 2A and 16A.
Blacksmith Gary Lewis of Portland bends a minature horsehshoe around a bar held in a vise Saturday. Lewis learned the trade about eight years ago through a class.
Independence residents Rod Killen and Cindy Dale escape the rain to take part in an impromptu dance lesson led by Laura Archer at Maxine's Ballroom Saturday.
Alicia Ducre, left, an employee at Monmouth's Yeasty Beasty, spins the prize wheel as a Western Oregon University student eagerly awaits to see what he won at the pizzeria's booth at WOU's "Welcome to Monmouth and Independence Celebration" on Sept. 25. The event was part of WOU's New Student Week, which ended Saturday.
Shoppers browse the booths Thursday at Polk County Bounty Market in Dallas. Shoppers have one last chance to buy fresh produce, bread, candy and other goodies from their favorite vendors as the market, located in the Academy Building parking lot, closes for the 2013 season on Thursday. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
People line up for a dinner of sausage, watermelon, apple crisp and unlimited corn at Perrydale School's Corn Feed on Thursday. After a one-year absence, the event returned this fall with games and a corn on the cob eating contest. The Corn Feed is a fundraiser for Perrydale FFA's trip to the FFA National Convention Oct. 30-Nov.2.
Perrydale FFA members Spencer Bibler, left, and Kirk Fairchild, both sophomores at Perrydale High School, carry a bucket of apples from a backyard orchard to a waiting vehicle Monday in Rickreall. The school's FFA chapter picked a bevy of apples that will be turned into apple crisp for the annual FFA corn feed on Thursday.
Nancy Rowland, right, picks up trash from the shore of the Little Luckiamute River in Falls City Saturday while Kierstin Johnson wades into the river to retrieve discarded metting. The pair were taking part in Falls City Parks and Recreation District's first river cleanup project, which focused on a stretch of river from Falls City High School to above the falls, picking up trash and documenting invasive species.
Caleb Holland, 9, left, and Logan Berkey, 7, center, brush Peanut, an 11-year-old miniature horse in Dallas City Park on Aug. 28. Peanut was one of two horses children were invited to meet through a special program hosted by the Dallas Public Library. For local upcoming library events, see the Library Calendar on this page.
Incoming LaCreole Middle School sixth-graders Rachel Halin (second from left) and Cheyenne McBeth (third from left) ask sixth-grade teacher Shayla Ordonez (far left) a series of questions during a "get to know your teachers" activity while attending Lacreole's annual sixth-grade orientation camp Thursday.
John Darnall, 18, of Independence, feeds a donation calf in the dairy beef barn Thursday as a neighboring cow looks in on the action.
Ten-year-olds Elizabeth Rust, left, and Emma Hayes, both of Bend, take a ride on the "Scrambler" Saturday.
Curious faces abounded across the fairgrounds throughout the week.
Seven-year-olds Thomas Talmadge, right, and Seth Isaksen of Monmouth swashbuckle with balloon swords.
Brothers Jake Johnston, 10, left, and Luke, 12, of Perrydale, race their turkeys (Snow and Tom, respectively) Friday during the "Fur and Feather Frolic," a new event at this year's Polk County Fair that had humans and their animal counterparts compete in races, an obstacle course, a costume contest and other wacky events.
Three-year-old Bridget Lindquist uses a mallet to knock down a "door" Friday at the Polk County Fair as her brother, Kellen, 7, races to the next obstacle.
Mikayla Unger shows a hog in the championship drive of the Polk County Fair's swine market show Thursday.
Eight-year-old Cosette Prosser of Monmouth takes a ride down an inflatable water slide near Ackerman Hall on the campus of Western Oregon University July 31 during a WOU Summer Heatwave event. Usually a lunch-hour outdoor concert, the event on this day featured the water slide for youths and free ice cream bars.
Throngs of observers turned out to line Main and Jefferson Streets Saturday morning for the "Flower Power" Summerfest parade through downtown Dallas.
Evie Moffitt, 4, of Salem checks out a colorful variety of bracelets and other items as Gusto Brothers play on the main stage on the Polk County Courthouse lawn following the Summerfest parade Saturday.
T.J. Hall brought out his juggling sticks to take advantage of Gusto Brothers' blues vibes on the courthouse lawn Saturday.
Dozer, an African spurred tortoise, catches a ride in a wagon with Lizard Love Rescue's entry in the parade.
Bike Night at Tony's proved a hit, drawing dozens of motorcycles to Court Street Saturday evening.
Austin Stewart, 4, of Dallas bounces under the watchful eye of an Oregon National Guard member Friday.
A crowd gathered under the Levens Street bridge Thursday afternoon to watch the start of the Dallas Lions Club Rubber Duck Race, which finished at the Main Street bridge downstream.
Dallas resident Aiden Christ, 4, and his sister Raina, 2, right, dig through tubs of sand while looking for "artifacts" July 17 at Dallas City Park. The pair were taking part in the Dallas Public Library program titled "Archeology - More Than Just Rocks," helped in part by the outreach program of the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.
Teddy, a 14-year-old Border Collie, leaps off the back of Border Collie International player/coach Greg Gustafson Saturday at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas during Bark For Life, an American Cancer Society event similar to Relay for Life. Gustafson and his four rescued dogs gave a Frisbee clinic and put on a trick demonstration.
Thick crowds lined Main Street in Monmouth Thursday morning for the annual Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club Grand Parade to downtown Independence.
The Western Days fireworks shows in Independence -- the main show Thursday and the hometown fireworks on Saturday -- put on a pyrotechnics extravaganza.
The VIP Strings float, which took second place in the Most Patriotic category and third place in Best Band, passes the old Taylor's soda fountain building in Independence.
Central Lions Club volunteer Phyllis Harriman walks Main Street in Monmouth handing out miniature American flags prior to the start of the Mini-Marathon.
Tanner Stilligan, 5, took his younger sister Irelynn for a ride down Main Street in Falls City Wednesday during the annual parade.
Salem residents Mariah Heide, left, and her sister Jackie take a ride on the Tornado at the Western Days carnival in Riverview Park in Independence Thursday.
The midway and carnival at Riverview Park in Independence was a colorful sight during Western Days.
A crowd of youths got the opportunity to get up close and personal with an albino Burmese Python July 3 at Dallas City Park during a presentation by the Reptile Man, Richard Ritchey. Ritchey's reptile show, part of the Dallas Public Library's summer programs, featured a variety of snakes, lizards, crocodillians and amphibians.
Four-year-old Lilly Cochran gets a hand planting some marigold seeds from Wagner Community Library volunteer Gladys Norman on Thursday in Falls City. Some of the library's activities this summer will be themed around J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, and several youngsters took the opportunity to fill their "hobbit planters" Thursday.
The sun rises behind a tree heavy with ripening cherries along North Fir Villa Road near Dallas Tuesday morning. Mild spring weather has brought an early season for cherries and other tree fruit, so be sure to visit some of Polk County's many farmers markets and U-pick lots to take advantage of the early bounty.
By 1961, the armory's front corner parapet was gone. The weight of the tower had caused structural damage to the armory and was removed.
By 1950, the building was clad in painted stucco to strengthen and cover the deteriorating original brick.
The armory in approximately 1914. The building was an imposing sight of stonework among dirt streets.
Capt. Conrad Stafrin (center), who served as Oregon's acting Adjutant General from June 1919 to June 1920, organized basketball teams at the armory during peacetime.
Company L of the 3rd Oregon Infantry, commanded by Captain Conrad Strafin, poses in front of the new Dallas Armory in this photo for the 1914 National Guard Annual.