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WEBSITE WEATHER HIGH LOW March 24......... 58 March 25......... 64 March 26......... 72 March 27......... 68 March 28......... 61 March 29......... 69 March 30......... 68 43 48 45 45 46 39 40 JOLENE GUZMAN/ Itemizer-Observer An Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant would allow the city of Falls City to expand Michael Harding Park to include both sides of the falls and build a pavillion. Falls City seeking state grant to purchase site Improvements to falls park property also planned By Jolene Guzman The Polk County Itemizer- Observer website, www.polkio.com, is updat- ed each week by Wednes- day afternoon. There, you will find nearly every story that appears in the print version of the newspaper, as well as some items, in- cluding additional photos, that do not appear in print due to space limitations. RECORDED By Emily Mentzer RAIN .03 .07 .00 .09 trc. .00 .03 Rainfall during March — 4.06 in. Rain through March 30 — 11.60 in. The Itemizer-Observer FALLS CITY — Falls City has submitted a grant appli- cation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to purchase and im- prove the property at the city’s namesake falls. Currently, the Falls City Al- liance owns the property on the north side of the falls, pur- chased with money borrowed from the city’s revolving loan fund, about $133,000. The grant, through the de- partment’s Local Govern- ment Grant Program, would allow for the city to buy the property. Funding also would be available to improve ac- cess to that side of the falls, build a viewing platform, pavilion and restrooms. The improvements will be made over three phases and will essentially be an expan- sion of the city’s Michael Harding Park, located on the other side of the falls. “It would be one park with the falls in the middle,” said Janelle Anzalone, a spokeswoman for the Falls City Alliance. Anzalone submitted the grant Monday, applying for $121,392. According to the grant processing schedule, the applications were due Wednesday (today) and the grant advisory committee will be reviewing and rank- ing applications in June. The ORPD commission will hear those recommendations in September. On March 12, the city council approved a resolu- tion supporting the applica- tion, a mandatory part of the process. Councilor Lori Jean Sickles called the application “a ne- cessity,” saying it would not only give the city possession of the property, but pay back the revolving loan fund, des- ignated for low-interest loans to residents for home repairs. “As long as we can pull it together, we should make every effort,” she said. If approved, the alliance will be able to connect the new features at the park with the trails it is planning to build this summer. The trail work also was provided for through an OPRD trail grant program. The group was awarded nearly $41,000 in “tools for trails” funding for the alliance to pay for equip- ment and concrete to clear and build a trail that will fol- low the Little Luckiamute River through town and be- yond the falls. The Itemizer-Observer Check It Out INDEPENDENCE — With the exceptionally warm winter this year, it’s felt like spring for weeks. The opening of two farm- ers markets in Independ- ence on Saturday makes it official. Martha Walton, manager of the 22nd annual Original Independence Farmers Market, said the warm weather has been making things grow too fast. “We’ll see what Mother Nature presents us with in April,” she said. “In years past, she’s not been very nice to us in April.” Regardless of weather, the Original Independence Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, back at the parking lot of Umpqua Bank at 302 S. Main St. Fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee from Ovenbird Bak- ery will be served free while supplies last, Walton said. “We’ll have lots of plants, crafts, and our lady that cooks tacos and all kinds of neat stuff right there on the spot,” she said. “She usually has a hot dog wrapped in bacon (for sale).” Farther downtown, Inde- pendence Riverview Market will also be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. In its fourth year, it has grown to include a new pork vendor as well as wine tasting, market manager Sue Barker said. “We’ll have a little bit of everything,” she said. “If people have been working on their garden beds, we’re What: Original Inde- pendence Farmers Mar- ket and Independence Riverview Market. When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., through November. Where: Umpqua Bank parking lot (Original In- dependence Farmers Market) and Riverview Park (I ndependence Riverview Market). For more informa- tion: Both markets have Facebook pages, where they post photos and pictures of what’s avail- able. Or call Martha Wal- ton (Original Independ- ence Farmers Market) at 503-881-9950 or Malinda Bermudez (Riverview Market) at 503-910-8193. going to have the plants for them.” Generally speaking, peo- ple are looking for good strong plants that have been grown locally to trans- plant into their own gar- dens, Barker said, and those plants may be found at the market. Broiler chickens, bacon and pork chops may be found alongside honey, goat soap, eggs, cheese and wine — all locally grown and made, Barker added. New this year, a commu- nity table will allow farmers to sell their goods on con- signment if they are too busy to man a booth at the market each week. The only thing really miss- ing is yeast bread and baked goods, Barker said, but the gluten-free table will return. Itemizer-Observer WE’RE ON FACEBOOK Watch for breaking news and more!