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In spite of what the calendar says, summer is mostly gone and kids are back in school. Some of the Pedee crowd did do some interesting things before school started.

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Michael Elliott McCrae was born Aug. 27, 2019, to Paul and Jennifer McCrae, of Monmouth, in Salem Hospital.

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Pete and LaVerne Bennett had a good time in Grants Pass last week. They went on the dinner excursion on the Hellgate jet boat ride. The dinner was good and they had a great time, especially since the weather was not as hot as predicted. Pete even stopped (without LaVerne asking) at the quilt…

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INDEPENDENCE — Hop & Heritage returns to Independence on Saturday with a slightly different format. Music and brews are still center stage, but the area will not be blocked off as it was last year.

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I’m sad to report that Dorothy McBeth, 98, passed away on Aug. 19. She had been failing for several weeks now, but it’s still a shock. She was one of the first people I had met when I moved to Pedee 40 years ago. She’d belonged to the Pedee Women’s Club since she was a young woman and was a …

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MONMOUTH – Leading tours at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and interning for a congressman for the summer sounds like fun, right?

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INDEPENDENCE — The annual Community Fiesta is going to be hotter this year — they’ve added fire dancers and fireworks.

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INDEPENDENCE — Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the Independence Hotel this week.

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INDEPENDENCE — The inaugural Oregon Hop Run is set to race through Independence on Sept. 28. The new event offers both 5- and 10-kilometer options, and a free kids’ half-mile dash.

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RICKREALL — When Karissa Thompson started riding 10 months ago, she had no idea that she would participate in the 4-H Horse Show with her horse, Cole, at the Polk County Fair.

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POLK COUNTY — Communities throughout Polk County will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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I was wrong. The Pedee Church members of all ages are still working on wood during the summer, and our next meeting at 8 a.m. on August 17.  They cut when they can or stack and store or deliver. If you know someone who can’t get wood, either because of financial or physical reasons, please l…

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RICKREALL — Three worlds collide in delightfully humorous ways in Dallas-based Struts & Frets Theatre Company’s production of  Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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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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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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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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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…