Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Busy as a bee

Bees were busy buzzing in the orchards at Wildman Farm in Dallas on a recent sunny day as cherry blossoms created a sea of white flowers. Sunshine brought out the blossoms, flowers and other signs of spring, but that has given way to familiar “April showers” this week. Rainy patterns look as though they will stick around for several days.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Bees were busy buzzing in the orchards at Wildman Farm in Dallas on a recent sunny day as cherry blossoms created a sea of white flowers. Sunshine brought out the blossoms, flowers and other signs of spring, but that has given way to familiar “April showers” this week. Rainy patterns look as though they will stick around for several days.

Terrific Teacher

Mark Hess, right, works with eighth-grader Bailey Keiper in his academic support class at LaCreole Middle School on April 16. Hess was named Dallas School District’s April Distinguished Educator. In additional to alternative education classes, Hess also teaches PE at the school. “I am amazed at the patience and love he shows his students,” wrote Julie Janssen, Hess’ colleague who nominated him for the honor.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Mark Hess, right, works with eighth-grader Bailey Keiper in his academic support class at LaCreole Middle School on April 16. Hess was named Dallas School District’s April Distinguished Educator. In additional to alternative education classes, Hess also teaches PE at the school. “I am amazed at the patience and love he shows his students,” wrote Julie Janssen, Hess’ colleague who nominated him for the honor.

Cultural Connection

Two young boys dance around as part of the grand entry in the Pacific Room at Western Oregon University’s Werner University Center at the Multicultural Student Union’s 21st annual Powwow on Saturday. The event included dancing contests, free Indian fried bread for dinner and drum circles.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Two young boys dance around as part of the grand entry in the Pacific Room at Western Oregon University’s Werner University Center at the Multicultural Student Union’s 21st annual Powwow on Saturday. The event included dancing contests, free Indian fried bread for dinner and drum circles.

Running for a Good Cause

Dallas residents Brent and Jaydin Darrington were two of the runners and walkers to take part in the seventh annual Dragon Run on Saturday. The Darringtons took part in the 3.1-mile distance event. The event had 520 participants sign up and 492 finishers. Among those, more than half took part in the 5K run. Event organizers were still adding up the tally to determine how much money was raised this year when the Itemizer-Observer went to press on Tuesday morning.

Photo by Greg Locke/for the Itemizer-Observer

Dallas residents Brent and Jaydin Darrington were two of the runners and walkers to take part in the seventh annual Dragon Run on Saturday. The Darringtons took part in the 3.1-mile distance event. The event had 520 participants sign up and 492 finishers. Among those, more than half took part in the 5K run. Event organizers were still adding up the tally to determine how much money was raised this year when the Itemizer-Observer went to press on Tuesday morning.

Alyssa Miller and Angie Sletten help push each other during the Dragon Run on Saturday. The Dragon Run  raises funds to support the Dallas Education Foundation and featured distances ranging from a quarter mile to 3.1 miles.

Photo by Greg Locke/for the Itemizer-Observer

Alyssa Miller and Angie Sletten help push each other during the Dragon Run on Saturday. The Dragon Run raises funds to support the Dallas Education Foundation and featured distances ranging from a quarter mile to 3.1 miles.

It's Quintuplets!

Fairview Farm Goat Dairy recently received a special delivery — quintuplets — here frolicking in the sun on April 9. In a feat that happens once in every 10,000 goat pregnancies, their mother, Vanilla, gave birth to five kids April 2, coincidently, the farm’s five-year anniversary. Owners Terry and Laurie Carlson named the babies after the dairy’s inspectors, Janice, Charlene, Karel, Brian and Jim. And yes, they will be keeping them.

Photo by Jolene Guzman

Fairview Farm Goat Dairy recently received a special delivery — quintuplets — here frolicking in the sun on April 9. In a feat that happens once in every 10,000 goat pregnancies, their mother, Vanilla, gave birth to five kids April 2, coincidently, the farm’s five-year anniversary. Owners Terry and Laurie Carlson named the babies after the dairy’s inspectors, Janice, Charlene, Karel, Brian and Jim. And yes, they will be keeping them.

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.

Megan Smith/for the Itemizer-Observer

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.

Tracie Rabago/for the Itemizer-Observer

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

Photo by Dani Mouser/for the Itemizer-Observer

Bambinos' Beth Jones

Outstanding Organization: Garten Services

Garten's Don Carmichael Jr. and CEO Tim Rocak

Photo by Dani Mouser/for the Itemizer-Observer

Garten's Don Carmichael Jr. and CEO Tim Rocak

Business of the Year: Hayward Ford

Hayward Ford's Mike Barker and Joe Hayward

Photo by Dani Mouser/for the Itemizer-Observer

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

Photo by Dani Mouser/for the Itemizer-Observer

Jeff Laeng and Eola Hills business manager Eric Rogers

Small Business of the Year: Crunchy Mamas

Crunchy Mamas' Ashley Kahl and Katie Newman

Photo by Dani Mouser/for the Itemizer-Observer

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

DSD Distinguished Educator

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.

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.

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.

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