March 2 News in Brief

Marsha Graciosa, left, and Linda Vognild, Master Gardener volunteers, pull weeds at Brunk House on Tuesday. A group of volunteers work at the historic home each week to keep the house clean and the garden in good shape.

Photo by Jolene Guzman.
Marsha Graciosa, left, and Linda Vognild, Master Gardener volunteers, pull weeds at Brunk House on Tuesday. A group of volunteers work at the historic home each week to keep the house clean and the garden in good shape.

Salvation Army receives $2,000 grant

DALLAS — The Dallas Community Foundation has awarded The Salvation Army a $2,000 grant to assist victims of domestic violence in Polk County.

The funding helps those who have suffered from domestic violence and want to begin life away from their abusers.

This is the third year the Dallas Community Foundation has approved the request for this specific funding and the need continues. Hundreds of women and children in Polk County have experienced and are experiencing domestic violence in their homes.

The Salvation Army receives referrals for financial assistance for clients of Sable House and the Department of Human Services. Clients can also self-refer themselves for financial assistance by contacting The Salvation Army Polk County Office in Dallas, 503-623-9664, ext. 2481.

Polk County parcel part of timber sale

GRAND RONDE — A parcel in Polk County near Grand Ronde was part of the Bureau of Land Management, Salem District timber sale on Feb. 24.

The Rowell Creek Timber Sale, approximately 13.7 million board feet was purchased by Hampton Tree Farms Inc. for $4,274,576. The appraised price was $3,639,496.

Hampton Tree Farm purchased a second parcel in Linn County (2.1 million board feet) to bring the total sale to more than $4.76 million and 15.8 million board feet.

For more information on Salem BLM’s timber sale program go here.

Minet manager to receive raise

INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth Independence board of directors approved a 5 percent salary increase for Minet General Manager Don Patten.

Thursday’s unanimous vote came after an executive session to evaluate a public officer and a brief summary of that meeting provided in public.

“We want to convey that we’re really happy with your work, happy with getting the business stabilized,” said Scott McClure, Minet board president.

Patten took the opportunity to evaluate the board, saying, “We at Minet are gaining a comfort level at bringing items that we feel should have your input, because we’re comfortable that you will address them appropriately.”

Board member Jon Carey requested that he be sent Minet’s monthly reports that go to each city councilor in both Monmouth and Independence in advance in case he gets calls from other councilors with questions.

“I would like to be perceived as a person in the know,” he said. “If I get a question about it, and I don’t know the answer, it’s embarrassing.”

Transgender experience seminar on tap

DALLAS — Polk Community for Human Equality and Basic Rights Oregon is hosting informational session “What’s the T? Learning about the Transgender Experience” on Sunday.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., in Dallas.

For more information, or to RSVP, go here.

The Beatles music featured at WOU

MONMOUTH — The Western Hemisphere Voices presents “Because, The Beatles,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Rice Auditorium at Western Oregon University.

The group is one of the premier, audition-only ensembles at WOU. The program will feature music written by The Beatles, including some original arrangements and some new takes on classic songs.

Admission is $3 general, $1 for students and senior citizens. WOU students are free with ID.

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