News for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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City hires development chief

DALLAS - The city of Dallas has hired a new Community Development Director to replace Jerry Wyatt, who is now the city's manager.

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Some guys will do anything for a good laugh

Dallas High School's leadership class wrapped up its annual Doernbecher Week with the always-popular Mr. Dallas Pageant on Saturday night. Students competed in swimwear, talent and formalwear during the event that benefits Doernbecher Child-ren's Hospital of Portland.

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Church eyes a new complex

DALLAS - Trinity Lutheran Church will break ground on its new 17,500-square-foot facility Sunday, March 30, during a ceremony scheduled at 2 p.m.

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WOU students serve communities

POLK COUNTY - The old playground equipment that until recently stood outside Falls City Elementary School had seen better days, said Meaghan Morris, a senior at Western Oregon University.

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Cattlemen's group offers scholarships

Scholarship opportunities for members of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) and their families are available through the Oregon Cattlemen's Stewardship Fund (OCSF).

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Slide area spurs sentiment

DALLAS - The ridge-top community on Pioneer and Reuben Boise roads was once the home of Dallas' earliest settlers and is now an eclectic mix of opulent mansions, historic cabins, modest homes, vineyards, forests and small businesses.

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Area slide to get needed repairs

DALLAS - Pioneer Road, which began slipping in December due to heavy rains and flooding, will be temporarily repaired with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

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Hometown Heroes

MONMOUTH - As the members of the Moser family were being announced as the collective winners of the First Citizen of the Year award at the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet on March 20, a question was posed to the audience.

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Search continues for new city manager

With the application closing date approaching this Thursday for the Sunnyside city manager job opening, the city council last night prepared the way for phase two of the search.

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Road work will resume in county

POLK COUNTY - Work will begin again this spring on the second year of Polk County road improvements funded by the $20-million road bond that voters approved in 2006.

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Community Calendar

Community Calendar is a listing of upcoming events taking place in Polk County that are open to the public at large. To submit an event for calendar consideration, please send it at least two weeks before the event date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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3/26 Letters to the editor

*Crime punishment worthy investment*Many positives to cycling exist*All should pay for needed schools*Retired Polk sheriff supports Butterfield*Recent laws designed to protect cyclists*Cyclist appreciates courtesy on road*Oakdale jog-a-thon a resounding success

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Community Notebook

*Donations sought for benefit auction *Soils to be topic of garden meeting*Monmouth church to host musician *"Lazer Vaudeville" show due at WOU*Hospital scholarship deadline is March 31*Pasture management workshop scheduled*Hospital volunteers schedule book fair *CCC-Dallas offering computer classes*Artist to speak at exhibit reception*Cookbook to benefit Relay For Life*"Curiosity Auction" seeking donations *Choreograph waltz classes start April 2 *Fire district seeks committee members *MVCA administrator rewards reading*Group supporting grandparents to meet *April 6 talent show benefits food bank *Cancer survivors sought for Relay*Breakfast to benefit Dallas seniors fund*Book on teaching reading available*Facility in search of pony groomers*Volunteer training offered by hospice*Help needed for literacy program *Enhancing memory topic of workshop*Church to show animated films*Parenting class begins April 9 *U.S. flag retirement collection under way*Humane society's nominations open*Meals for seniors available in area *Hospice to offer grief support group *F.C. school budget to be discussed *Equine workshop coming to Dallas

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Dallas students win award

DALLAS - A team of four Dallas High School students recently turned in a strong showing at a high school culinary competition held at South Albany High School.

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Pedee News: Nola Womer

Polk County Women for Agriculture hosted the Oregon Women for Agriculture convention at the Pearl Event Center in Dallas on March 14-15.

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Full Circle: Deb Darr

Question: I planted tulip bulbs a few years ago and they grew very nicely. This year only a few leaves appeared, and no blossoms. Why did this happen?

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Public agenda

Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental agencies in Polk County. To submit a meeting, send it at least two weeks before the actual meeting date to the Itemizer-Observer via fax (503-623-2395) or e-mail (kholland@eaglenewspapers.com).

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Western employees top food donations

MONMOUTH - Western Oregon University collected more food per employee than any other institution in the Oregon University System last month during the Governors' State Employee Food Drive.

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MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

It's a quieter week in MI Town, with many of our Western Oregon University students away on spring break. Elementary, middle and high school students are also taking a break from classes and other school responsibilities so families can enjoy time at the beach, a few days catching up on sleep or hanging out with friends.

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Guest column: Charley Gee

I was disheartened to see a letter to the editor in last week's Itemizer-Observer ("Bicyclists spoil spring for writer," March 19) characterizing bicyclists in a negative light.

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3/26 Corrections

A story headlined "M-I to recognize community leaders," which appeared on Page 1A of the March 19 Itemizer-Observer, misidentified one of the award winners. Itsel Venegas, an eighth-grader from Talmadge Middle School, was one of the students of the year honored. The I-O regrets the error.

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Work slated to begin on Rotary Park

DALLAS - City crews and the Oregon National Guard will begin improvements Saturday, April 5, to Rotary Park on Northeast Fern Avenue, east of Orchard Drive.

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Museum digs into the Hills

INDEPENDENCE - A historical account of Henry Hill published in the 1929 "Polk County Pioneer Sketches" paints him as civic-minded, but not overly concerned with public perception and honors.

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