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11/6 News in Brief

*Watershed council to host meeting*Polk Republicans to gather Nov. 13*Local food, shelter grants available*United Way has new staff member

November 05, 2013

Watershed council to host meeting

KINGS VALLEY — The Luckiamute Watershed Council is inviting Kings Valley, Pedee and Hoskins-area residents to attend a Project Review Committee meeting Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Happy Worker's Clubhouse.

Council members and affiliated contractors will describe projects under way in the Upper Luckiamute River area, and will seek input on projects for the future.

The council has helped control knotweed along more than 40 river miles and nearly 400 acres along the Luckiamute, beginning in the region just west of the Happy Worker's Clubhouse. The clubhouse is in the historic Aldergrove Schoolhouse at 39328 Luckiamute Road, Hoskins, about four miles from Kings Valley Highway.

For more information: Luckiamute Watershed Council, 503-837-0237.

Polk Republicans to gather Nov. 13

DALLAS — The Polk County Republican Party Central Committee will hold its next monthly meeting Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (enter on the Jefferson Street side).

Social time starts at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting slated to begin at 7 p.m. U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Callahan is scheduled to appear. There will also be a raffle drawing and committees will be organized for the upcoming year.

The meeting is open to all persons who support Republican causes and candidates.

For more information: Mike Nearman, 503-838-6001; email to

Local food, shelter grants available

POLK COUNTY — The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is now accepting grant applications from charitable agencies providing emergency food or shelter services in Polk and Marion counties.

The local EFSP board for the two counties has received notification that $180,506 is available to charitable organizations via grant applications in order to assist residents in these communities. Grant applications must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Funds will be awarded based on community need, the application meeting federal grant requirements, and the applicant's ability to meet reporting requirements. Application materials are available online at

For more information: Betty Hart, 503-949-2522.

United Way has new staff member

SALEM — United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley (UWMWV) has hired Marianne Back as its new development director.

Back recently joined UWMWV, hailing from Santa Rosa County in the Panhandle of Florida.

Marianne Back

Marianne Back

With a bachelor's degree in public relations and eight years of nonprofit development experience, Back brings a background in media relations, fundraising, program management, and grant writing and compliance. She previously worked for the United Way of Santa Rosa County for six years.

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley serves Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties. Funds raised stay local to support 27 programs created through collaborations between 466 local partners. Through these collaborations, UWMWV touches the lives of more than 14 percent of the population in Polk, Marion and Yamhill counties, or one out of every seven people.

For more information on local United Way programs: 503-363-1651 or visit

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