Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Oregon or Bust

Lane Dodson, fourth-grader, tips his hat to spectators while pulling his handmade covered wagon with Javan Schrader, fifth-grader. They were part of the Oregon Trail re-creation on Friday at Independence Elementary School. Students pulled covered wagons on a 2-mile trek around town, from the school to Riverview Park and back.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Lane Dodson, fourth-grader, tips his hat to spectators while pulling his handmade covered wagon with Javan Schrader, fifth-grader. They were part of the Oregon Trail re-creation on Friday at Independence Elementary School. Students pulled covered wagons on a 2-mile trek around town, from the school to Riverview Park and back.

Curious Calf

A Black Angus calf enjoying its first green grass of spring pauses from grazing to approach a fence on Sunday in the Kings Valley area to check out a photographer. A sure sign of spring is all of the calves, lambs, foals and other newborns in area fields.

Photo by Kurt Holland

A Black Angus calf enjoying its first green grass of spring pauses from grazing to approach a fence on Sunday in the Kings Valley area to check out a photographer. A sure sign of spring is all of the calves, lambs, foals and other newborns in area fields.

49th Monmouth-Independence Community Awards

Timm Cable, right, accepts the First Citizen Award for 2013 from presenter Lynn Myer at the banquet Friday night.

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Timm Cable, right, accepts the First Citizen Award for 2013 from presenter Lynn Myer at the banquet Friday night.

Distinguished Service Award

Shane Hedrick accepts the Distinguished Service Award from presenter Alisha Atha at the 49th annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet.

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Shane Hedrick accepts the Distinguished Service Award from presenter Alisha Atha at the 49th annual Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet.

Junior Citizen Award

Johnny Archer, Junior Citizen, says leading allows others to get involved, too.

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Johnny Archer, Junior Citizen, says leading allows others to get involved, too.

Nonprofit Organization Award

Independence Hop & Heritage Festival takes the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award at Friday’s event.

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Independence Hop & Heritage Festival takes the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award at Friday’s event.

Business of the Year Award/Retail Service Award

Jean Love presents Cruz Orozco of Independence Cinema with the 2013 Business of the Year Award. The cinema also won the Retail Service Award.

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Jean Love presents Cruz Orozco of Independence Cinema with the 2013 Business of the Year Award. The cinema also won the Retail Service Award.

Professional/Personal Services Award

Miriam Haugen awards Bob Archer of Ash Creek Animal Clinic with the award for Professional or Personal Service at Eola Hills Wine Cellars on Friday night.

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Miriam Haugen awards Bob Archer of Ash Creek Animal Clinic with the award for Professional or Personal Service at Eola Hills Wine Cellars on Friday night.

Food and Beverage Service Award

Josh Brandt of Crush Wine Bar & Tasting Room accepts the award for Food and Restaurant Service.

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Josh Brandt of Crush Wine Bar & Tasting Room accepts the award for Food and Restaurant Service.

Education Support Staff of the Year

Kevin Swann received the Education Support Staff of the Year award.

Kevin Swann received the Education Support Staff of the Year award.

Educator of the Year

Central High’s Jeff Witt won Educator of the Year 2013.

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Central High’s Jeff Witt won Educator of the Year 2013.

Arrival of Spring

Daffodils are in bloom throughout much of Polk County, including these flowers outside of the historic Brunk House along Highway 22 between Rickreall and West Salem. Blooming daffodils are a sure sign of the arrival of spring. And speaking of the arrival of spring, Thursday marks the first official day of spring. This week’s forecast calls for partly sunny weather Thursday through Monday,

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Daffodils are in bloom throughout much of Polk County, including these flowers outside of the historic Brunk House along Highway 22 between Rickreall and West Salem. Blooming daffodils are a sure sign of the arrival of spring. And speaking of the arrival of spring, Thursday marks the first official day of spring. This week’s forecast calls for partly sunny weather Thursday through Monday,

Pageant King

And the winner is ... Grant Tallon, who was crowned Mr. Dallas on Saturday night during the annual Mr. Dallas Pageant at DHS’s Bollman Auditorium. Tallon was congratulated by Courtney May, Kailie Dennis-Collins, Krysta Catto and Emilee White.

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And the winner is ... Grant Tallon, who was crowned Mr. Dallas on Saturday night during the annual Mr. Dallas Pageant at DHS’s Bollman Auditorium. Tallon was congratulated by Courtney May, Kailie Dennis-Collins, Krysta Catto and Emilee White.

Josh Solomon performed a guitar solo during the talent portion of the competition. This year’s Mr. Dallas Pageant was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

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Josh Solomon performed a guitar solo during the talent portion of the competition. This year’s Mr. Dallas Pageant was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

57th Annual Dallas Community Awards Ceremony

Dallas' First Citizen P.J. Johnson accepts her award Friday at the 57th annual Community Awards in Dallas.

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Dallas' First Citizen P.J. Johnson accepts her award Friday at the 57th annual Community Awards in Dallas.

Junior First Citizen: Jake Frazier, owner of Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza owner Jake Frazier was named Dallas' Junior First Citizen at Friday's Dallas Community Awards.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Domino's Pizza owner Jake Frazier was named Dallas' Junior First Citizen at Friday's Dallas Community Awards.

Good Samaritan: Beth Jones

Bambinos' Beth Jones

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Bambinos' Beth Jones

Outstanding Organization: Garten Services

Garten's Don Carmichael Jr. and CEO Tim Rocak

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Garten's Don Carmichael Jr. and CEO Tim Rocak

Business of the Year: Hayward Ford

Hayward Ford's Mike Barker and Joe Hayward

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Hayward Ford's Mike Barker and Joe Hayward

Ag Business of the Year: Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Jeff Laeng and Eola Hills business manager Eric Rogers

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Jeff Laeng and Eola Hills business manager Eric Rogers

Small Business of the Year: Crunchy Mamas

Crunchy Mamas' Ashley Kahl and Katie Newman

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Crunchy Mamas' Ashley Kahl and Katie Newman

Most Improved Business: Dallas Health and Vitality Center

Dallas Health and Vitality Center's Laurie Vail

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Dallas Health and Vitality Center's Laurie Vail

Terrific Teacher

Dallas High P.E. teacher and head football coach Tracy Jackson, left, works with weight class students Lindsay Golly (lifting) and Bela Nelson (spotting). Jackson was named Dallas School District’s Distinguished Educator for the month of January. DHS football players Ryan Spencer and Caleb Naughton nominated Jackson for the honor.

Photo by Lukas Eggen

Dallas High P.E. teacher and head football coach Tracy Jackson, left, works with weight class students Lindsay Golly (lifting) and Bela Nelson (spotting). Jackson was named Dallas School District’s Distinguished Educator for the month of January. DHS football players Ryan Spencer and Caleb Naughton nominated Jackson for the honor.

2014 SNOWPOCALYPSE

Getting around was a challenge for pedestrians and vehicles at the corner of Highway 99W and Main Street in Monmouth.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Getting around was a challenge for pedestrians and vehicles at the corner of Highway 99W and Main Street in Monmouth.

Nick Engelfried shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of Capitol Auto West Valley in Dallas on Friday.

Photo by Lukas Eggen

Nick Engelfried shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of Capitol Auto West Valley in Dallas on Friday.

City of Dallas crews were busy plowing and removing snow from downtown streets Monday morning after about 12 inches of snow fell in the area.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

City of Dallas crews were busy plowing and removing snow from downtown streets Monday morning after about 12 inches of snow fell in the area.

Judah Mohler, 2, of Dallas tries to catch snowflakes on his tongue during Friday’s heavy snowfall in Polk County. Judah, who is originally from Uganda, was experiencing his first snow ... and appeared to be loving every minute of it. He and two sisters arrived in December joining the Mohler family.

Kara Mohler/for the Itemizer-Observer

Judah Mohler, 2, of Dallas tries to catch snowflakes on his tongue during Friday’s heavy snowfall in Polk County. Judah, who is originally from Uganda, was experiencing his first snow ... and appeared to be loving every minute of it. He and two sisters arrived in December joining the Mohler family.

This anonymous volunteer jumped right in with shovel in hand to dig snow and help get a car unstuck in Independence on Friday morning.

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This anonymous volunteer jumped right in with shovel in hand to dig snow and help get a car unstuck in Independence on Friday morning.

Western Oregon University’s campus was nearly deserted as snow accumulated. Classes at WOU and area K-12 schools were closed Friday and Monday.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Western Oregon University’s campus was nearly deserted as snow accumulated. Classes at WOU and area K-12 schools were closed Friday and Monday.

The snow piled up making it difficult to travel.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

The snow piled up making it difficult to travel.

The Show will Go On

The Central High School drama department isn’t going to let a little snow ruin its fun. After having to cancel all four of its scheduled performances last week due to the wintry weather, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” will take the stage this week beginning Wednesday (tonight) at 7 o’clock in the CHS auditorium. For more details, see Page 20A or the Feb. 5 issue of the Itemizer-Observer for a complete preview of the play.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

The Central High School drama department isn’t going to let a little snow ruin its fun. After having to cancel all four of its scheduled performances last week due to the wintry weather, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” will take the stage this week beginning Wednesday (tonight) at 7 o’clock in the CHS auditorium. For more details, see Page 20A or the Feb. 5 issue of the Itemizer-Observer for a complete preview of the play.

Here to Help

Maria Luisa Gonzalez checks out her new haircut in the mirror at the Polk County Community Connect Jan. 29 at Living Hope City Church in Dallas. Duana Robertson, a hair stylist at Hot Rod Hair, was one of numerous volunteers at the event helping connect people in need in the county with resources and services.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Maria Luisa Gonzalez checks out her new haircut in the mirror at the Polk County Community Connect Jan. 29 at Living Hope City Church in Dallas. Duana Robertson, a hair stylist at Hot Rod Hair, was one of numerous volunteers at the event helping connect people in need in the county with resources and services.

Happy New Year!

People wrap around the Pacific Room at Western Oregon University, helping themselves to a buffet of Chinese food on Friday in celebration the Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse. The event, a fundraiser for WOU’s Chinese club, sold all 250 tickets for dinner and a variety show featuring students dancing, singing and telling jokes.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

People wrap around the Pacific Room at Western Oregon University, helping themselves to a buffet of Chinese food on Friday in celebration the Chinese New Year, Year of the Horse. The event, a fundraiser for WOU’s Chinese club, sold all 250 tickets for dinner and a variety show featuring students dancing, singing and telling jokes.

Friday Date with Reading

From left, Kayden Blake, Toby Hausler and Darrin Hausler settle in to read their books during Whitworth Elementary School’s “Friday Night Prime Time Read-In,” Friday. Whitworth students and parents brought their favorite books, chairs, sleeping bags and pillows for a cozy evening of reading and other activities at the event.

Jolene Guzman/Itemizer-Observer

From left, Kayden Blake, Toby Hausler and Darrin Hausler settle in to read their books during Whitworth Elementary School’s “Friday Night Prime Time Read-In,” Friday. Whitworth students and parents brought their favorite books, chairs, sleeping bags and pillows for a cozy evening of reading and other activities at the event.

Playground Testing

A group of Whitworth Elementary School students take a turn on one of three pieces of new playground equipment Friday afternoon. The new structures, opened for use on Jan. 15, were so popular students had to wait in line to use them. Funds raised during the annual jog-a-thon paid for the equipment.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

A group of Whitworth Elementary School students take a turn on one of three pieces of new playground equipment Friday afternoon. The new structures, opened for use on Jan. 15, were so popular students had to wait in line to use them. Funds raised during the annual jog-a-thon paid for the equipment.

Great Day for a Ride

Mike Hill of Yamhill, Tina Vollmer of Salem and Jimmy Baker of Dallas lead more than 30 riders on the annual Polk County Saddle-ites New Year's ride in Pedee on Saturday. The saddle club has hosted the ride on the first Saturday of the year for more than 25 years. This year's ride took about two and a half hours to complete. The sun decided to peek out while riders enjoyed a potluck and bonfire afterward.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Mike Hill of Yamhill, Tina Vollmer of Salem and Jimmy Baker of Dallas lead more than 30 riders on the annual Polk County Saddle-ites New Year's ride in Pedee on Saturday. The saddle club has hosted the ride on the first Saturday of the year for more than 25 years. This year's ride took about two and a half hours to complete. The sun decided to peek out while riders enjoyed a potluck and bonfire afterward.

Cherry Sunrise

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.

Photo by Pete Strong

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.

Dallas Armory -- pictorial review of its history

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.

Salem Public Library Historic Photo Collections

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.

Oregon Military Museum Collection

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.

Courtesy of the Polk County Historical Society

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.

Courtesy of the Polk County Historical Society

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.

Oregon Military Museum Collection

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.