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Polk County Historical SocietyFor more than 50 years, the highlight of the year in Polk County was the annual hop harvest.It centered on Independence. The town – which had a year-round population of about 1,000 – saw an influx of between 10,000 and 50,000 pickers, family members, peddlers an…

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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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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events taking place (space available) 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 (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 (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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For more than 50 years, the highlight of the year in Polk County was the annual hop harvest.

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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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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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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 (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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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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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County (space available) 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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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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Community Calendar: A listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County (space available) 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).