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INDEPENDENCE — Reservations are required for the drive-in movie series in Independence.

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Jenae Traglia celebrated her 13th birthday with a small party on April 28. She is now a “quaranteen.” The Traglias recently moved to the old general store in Pedee, which is officially 100 years old as it was built in 1920. It still has the gym upstairs, which was originally a dance hall whe…

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On April 8, 2020, Harlan and Bessie Skelton, long-time residents of Philomath and Corvallis, celebrated 75 years of marriage. They have been residing for the last twelve years at the Dallas Retirement Village, Dallas, Oregon. Harlan was a rural letter carrier out of Philomath for 23 years. B…

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So what are you doing at home? Pedee neighbors are somewhat used to being isolated, but this could get old! Many, though, are getting creative.

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Audrey Cameron was delighted to have son Clayton Cameron and his wife Jenny and their son Noah come to celebrate Noah’s 14th birthday. They drove up from Weaverville, California, and spent the weekend. They brought along their two dogs, a boxer and a German Shorthair, so with Audrey’s little…

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One of the more interesting stories of Polk County’s economic development is the 55-year birth, life and end of Black Rock, one of Polk County’s two self-contained logging towns.

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From newly minted gardeners to avid urban farmers, everyone with a patch of land wants to grow an apple tree.

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For more than 50 years, the highlight of the year in Polk County was the annual hop harvest.

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The kids in the Tryoneers 4-H Club have been gearing up for the county fair by planning their animal and other projects. Alex, Allana, and Abby Russell; Jenae and Kailey Traglia; and Topaz Wilcut are increasing their sewing skills by making flannel pajamas for the fair.

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Eric and Rebekah Schwanke reported that with your help, they provided over $16,000 to help feed starving people in Dukana, Kenya. People that were hungry came and were able to eat a simple breakfast and participate in a Bible study. It started with just a handful of people and now there are …

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Christmas comes around so fast — and goes so fast! I wish we celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas (ending Jan. 6) like the Germans and other countries do. On the other hand, my tree needed to come down.

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The Pedee Women’s Club had their last meeting and potluck of the year, since both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Wednesday. It was a festive affair with 30 people attending, including four guests from the area. Audrey Beyerle Warburton came from the Smithfield community beyond Dallas…

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There was a big event at Independence on Saturday, Oct. 13, 1945. Not as big as the end of World War II celebrated only a few weeks before. But big enough.

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LaVerne Bennett and her friend Teresa O’Neill recently visited LaVerne’s granddaughter Amanda, and Jon Wilson and their daughter Evie in Germany. While they were there, Evie celebrated her first birthday, a miracle since Evie started life at 13 ounces. While there, LaVerne and Teresa took th…

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MONMOUTH — Award-winning musician Kiran Ahluwalia, 53, will take the stage on Saturday for Western Oregon University’s Smith Fine Arts series.