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Polk County Itemizer-Observer • January 7, 2015 13A
Polk County News/Legals
Pentacle coming to Central
Garbage rate increase looms likely
MONMOUTH — Brandt’s Sanitary Service customers will see a
rate increase between 3 percent and 4.8 percent, pending ap-
proval by the Polk County Board of Commissioners on Wednes-
The adjustment was approved by the Polk County hearings
officer after a public hearing on Dec. 15.
Brandt’s last rate increase was in 2012. The company request-
ed an increase this year to help pay for higher costs in disposal,
labor and benefits, according to a report from Robert Oliver, the
Brandt’s requested a flat 4.8 percent increase for all services,
but Jim Solvedt, environmental health supervisor, and his staff
found that an increase that high would make some of Brandt’s
services significantly higher than other Polk County sanitary
According to the staff report, Brandt’s proposed rural rate col-
lection of a 35-gallon cart was $18.15, 16 percent higher than
average Polk County franchise rates.
Oliver approved a rural rate increase of 3 percent for 35-gal-
lon and 95-gallon carts. Other collection services were ap-
proved at the requested 4.8 percent increase.
By Emily Mentzer
What, exactly, does a 200-
year-old parrot think about,
and how does it act?
Just ask Molly Hare, 10,
who plays Polynesia in Pen-
t a c l e T h e a t re’s a n n u a l
fundraiser production of “Dr.
Dolittle,” opening Thursday
at 7:30 p.m. at Central High
“I had to learn to make
parrot sounds and do parrot
movements,” she said, giving
off a “caw-caw!” that would
make one think a bird was in
For being 200 years old,
Hare said her character is
still pretty active, moving
around the stage a lot.
It’s the old bird who tells
Dolittle, played by Lorenz
Bilbo, that if he cared to, he
could learn the language of
animals and talk to them
The musical is an adap-
tion of the 1967 film starring
“The best thing in this play
is we take the time to really
hear the melodies,” Bilbo said.
“The music is so beautiful.”
In the film, Harrison
speaks through a lot of the
melody rather than sing it, so
the Pentacle’s production will
be different in that aspect.
The musical is a fundrais-
er for the West Salem theater.
To maximize money raised,
there is no set.
“We use shadows, or
human set pieces,” Bilbo said.
NEWS IN BRIEF
CERT classes set to begin Thursday
EMILY MENTZER/ Itemizer-Observer
Lorenz Bilbo, as Dr. Dolittle, faces off with his romantic interest Emma Fairfax, played
by Tracy Webber, as she tells him he is “impossible.” The play opens Friday.
Come See the Show
What: Pentacle Theatre’s production of “Dr. Dolittle.”
Where: Central High School auditorium, 1530 Monmouth
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: $20 general admission; $15 for ages 15 and
Tickets: Available at the Pentacle Theatre office, 145 Liber-
ty St. NE, Salem, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m.; by calling 503-485-4300; online at www.pentaclethe-
atre.org; or at the door.
For more information: 503-485-4300; online at
Tracy Webber plays Emma
Fairfax, Dolittle’s romantic
“I think probably what I’ve
enjoyed most was working
with (director) Jo Dodge,”
she said. “On top of that, the
actors and singers are won-
derful. I can’t ask for more
than to work with such a
beautiful and talented cast.”
The play, which is being
staged at Central High
School’s auditorium, has 51
people, as young as 8 and as
old as 80.
Emmalee Doughman, 8,
had to study cats and see
what they did to get into
character as Princess, one of
three kittens in the musical.
She and her new best
friend, Lyndsey Tudela, also
8, are in their first play to-
gether and love being kit-
“Sometimes we get to hiss
at people,” Tudela said.
Don’t be fooled by the
number of young actors.
This production is packed
with high quality talent from
throughout the Willamette
Valley, Bilbo said.
“This isn’t a small-town
production,” he said.
POLK COUNTY — Polk County Community Emergency Re-
sponse Team will hold two courses beginning Thursday.
One will be held at the Independence Airpark from 6:30 to 9
p.m. on Thursdays. The second one will be held at the Dallas Fire
Station from 6 to 8:30 p.m., also on Thursdays.
Classes will go for eight consecutive weeks.
The courses are free public education offerings. The basic
CERT course has six modules with topics that include an intro-
duction to CERT, fire safety, hazardous material and terrorist in-
cidents, disaster medical operations, and search and rescue.
There is no requirement to join the CERT program upon com-
Ages 14 and older may attend.
For more information: Kimber Townsend, 503-689-0904.
Beneficiary for ‘Mr. Dallas’ sought
DALLAS — The Dallas High School leadership class is looking
for nominations for a family or individual in need to be the ben-
eficiary of its “Mr. Dallas” pageant fundraising.
This year, instead of collecting donations for a nonprofit, pag-
eant activities will raise money to help a local family. The dead-
line for nominations is Jan. 15 and the class will select a family
from those on Jan. 20.
Nominations need to be at least 100 words in length and ex-
plain why the family or individual is in need of assistance. Nom-
inations can be emailed to Jessica Lowry, leadership class advis-
er, at Jessica.Lowry@dsd2.org or mailed to Dallas High School at
1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas, OR 97338, attention: Jessica Lowry.
Once the leadership class has read all nominations, it will
vote for a family or individual and announce its selection on Jan.
The pageant is scheduled for April 3 in Dallas High School’s
For more information: Jessica.Lowry@dsd2.org.
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