Monday, March 10, 2014
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Dallas' First Citizen P.J. Johnson accepts her award Friday at the 57th annual Community Awards in Dallas.
Domino's Pizza owner Jake Frazier was named Dallas' Junior First Citizen at Friday's Dallas Community Awards.
Bambinos' Beth Jones
Garten's Don Carmichael Jr. and CEO Tim Rocak
Hayward Ford's Mike Barker and Joe Hayward
Jeff Laeng and Eola Hills business manager Eric Rogers
Crunchy Mamas' Ashley Kahl and Katie Newman
Dallas Health and Vitality Center's Laurie Vail
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.
Jean Love checks the name on a bottle of Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster 2012 wine served at Family Treasures by Oregon State University Enactus member Alex Beehler during the Wine Down Downtown Independence event on Saturday. The event drew more than 40 people to the downtown area.
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.
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.
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.
The snow piled up making it difficult to travel.
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.
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.
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.
Seahawks fever has officially arrived. But in Whitworth Elementary School teacher Brian Williamson’s classroom, it’s all Seattle, all the time. A Seahawks fan since fifth grade — the same age as his students — Williamson has built a shrine of sorts to his beloved NFL team in his classroom, much of it given to him by students, such as fellow fans (from left) Kaeden Vedder, Madeline Doig, Luke Hess, Brieanna Howard and Toby Young. Click on Features to see story.
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.
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.
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.
Genaro Toro Jr., 7, center, rolls a pine cone in bird seed after it has been covered first in peanut butter at the Independence Public Library's Friday Winter Craft Project. His mother, Maria Maravilla, left, helps his sister, Tiffany Toro, 6, spread peanut butter on her pine cone. Little brother, Isaac Toro, 2, peeks through on the right.
Whitworth Principal Steve Martinelli celebrates successfully flipping a tortilla onto the plate on his head -- using only a scuba flipper to do it -- on Monday. The shenanigans were a reward for Whitworth exceeding its $12,000 jog-a-thon goal. Students raised $14,015, so Martinelli and P.E. teacher Craig Button (not pictured) agreed to complete challenges in a mini-Amazing Race-like competition.
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.
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.
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.