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POLK COUNTY — Summer is the time for outdoor concerts, and music fans in Dallas, Independence and Monmouth won’t be disappointed with the lineups starting this week. Performances at all three venues are free and open to the public. Food, beer and wine vendors will be on site at each location.

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Come on out to the Independence Days celebration in Independence the weekend of July 4-6 to see the Pedee Women’s Club’s new military quilt, and be the first to buy a raffle ticket to win it! The group makes a raffle quilt each year to be able to send six to eight gift boxes to deployed mili…

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). For gu…

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This year 11 students graduated from Pedee School: Jonathan Berumen, Olivia Carsey, Jocelyn Castillo, Camron Devine, Hannah Evenson, Cooper Fast, Kimberli Gregory, Ellie Harwell, John La’Gere III, Lydia Phillips, and Brady Polk. Kimberli, Hannah, and Jonathan all received honor roll medals f…

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To advertise a business …

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If you’re looking for something to do the morning of July 4, consider signing up for the Round Robin Pickleball Tournament, held at the Dallas Pickleball Courts, on the corner of Barberry and LaCreole streets.

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To pla…

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On Sunday, May 25, LaVerne Bennett and I recognized one of our Pedee Church Vietnam vets, Richard Davis, with a quilt made by the Pedee Women’s Club. We were privileged to honor his service to our country on Memorial Day weekend, and he was happy that we appreciated his sacrifice. It’s a har…

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Cary and Jane Elwood married in Hermiston, Oregon, June 1, 1956.

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DALLAS — This Saturday, you have an opportunity to experience more than 20 wineries, cideries and a brewery without having to leave town at the second annual Dallas Art & Wine Walk.

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The Pedee Church’s woodcutting crew cut their last wood for the season on Saturday. Usually it is too dry during the summer, so they’ll wait till fall to continue. They may have other projects to do instead, though. They used to call it the men’s woodcutting crew, but really, men, women, and…

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To gua…

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Margaret Valente celebrated her 104th birthday with family at Dallas Retirement Village on May 13.

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To gua…

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Don and Burla King, of Dallas, will celebrate their 60th anniversary May 24, 2019.

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Griffin Theodore Caswell was born on May 3, 2019, to Thomas and Kimberly Caswell, both of Beaverton, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland.

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The Tryoneers 4-H sewing project club is holding a “Sewing Olympics” this Saturday, May 18th, at Pedee Church. Activities will include both skill-testing and just plain fun events, with prizes for all and an ice cream social afterward. An extra prize will be given to kids who bring their sew…

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To gua…

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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Former Pedee School students and teachers attended a reunion on Saturday, April 27, at the Ritner Creek Covered Bridge. There was a good turnout and lots of good food as old and young Pedee “kids” shared memories and enjoyed seeing friends from years gone by. The oldest Pedee school boy was …

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events (space available) taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To advertise a business …

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Easter is this Sunday. Pedee Church will again have their sunrise service at 6:15 at Womer Cemetery, which they’ve had at least for the 40 years that we’ve lived here, and probably much longer. When we went to our first one, the trees next door were quite short so that we could actually see …

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Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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Tonight, April 10, is the night of the open house at Pedee School for parents of incoming sixth-graders and other families interested in sixth to eighth grade at Pedee. The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. This is a chance to learn about the school, meet teachers and visit the school. Open…

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Community Calendar: is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com).

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The Pedee campus of the Luckiamute Valley Charter School announced their honor roll students, who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better: Karalee Beitel, Adriana Paz Cavett, Nathan Mitchell, Callie Sparre, Lily Williams, Tessa Case, Cayden Cokeley, Olivia-Jane Sherman, Nathan Hibbard, Hannah Even…

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MONMOUTH — This weekend, you have a chance to experience the culture and music of Ireland, Samoa and South America without leaving Polk County.

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Community Calendar: is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the actual event date to Itemizer-Observer via email (ionews@polkio.com). To advertise a busine…

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Sandra Parks, who works with the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) reading program at Kings Valley Charter School is looking for volunteers and a coordinator for the area. Volunteers are trained to read with a student for an hour a week, developing a vital one-on-one relationship with the …