Polk County itemizer observer. (Dallas, Or) 1992-current, April 01, 2015, Image 9

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    Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 1, 2015 9A
Polk County Living
Catalog has gardeners covered
You planted your seeds,
hung lights to simulate the
sun, watered regularly, even
put down heating pads to
war m the ger minating
plants. Then they disappear
overnight. Talk about disap-
What happened, and how
do you stop it from happen-
ing again? Turn to Oregon
State University Extension
Service’s newly designed on-
line catalog, where you’ll find
almost 200 garden-related
guides, including “Propagat-
ing Plants From Seed.” The
catalog also features approxi-
mately 700 additional publi-
cations on topics such as
food preservation and safety,
heating your home, aging,
health, emergency prepared-
ness and living sustainably.
Some are in Spanish.
“The intuitive, mobile-
friendly catalog website
helps make OSU Extension’s
research-based information
available in the way the pub-
lic expects: anytime, any-
where on the device of their
c h o i c e,” s a i d Je n n i f e r
Alexander, the interim direc-
tor of OSU’s Extension and
Experiment Station Com-
munications department,
which manages the catalog.
The catalog homepage fea-
tures recent releases and the
most popular items for the
week according to hits re-
ceived. To find the peer-re-
viewed publications, you can
search or browse by topic.
The page for each publication
shows a description, authors
and links to related resources.
Most catalog publications
are free to view or download.
Some are available in multi-
ple formats.
For example, “Backyard
Chicken Coop Design,”
which is part of the Living on
the Land series, is available as
a downloadable PDF, eBook
and audio files. All of the
podcasts are free on iTunesU.
You can also share on
Facebook, Twitter and
Google+. If you prefer to
subscribe to an RSS feed on
different subjects, you can
have that, too.
Some publications and
field guides, such as the pop-
ular “Shrubs to Know in Pa-
cific Northwest Forests” and
“Trees to Know in Oregon,”
are available to purchase.
Simply click the “add to cart”
button and enter your billing
The following are the most
downloaded garden publica-
tions: “How to Reduce Bee
Poisoning from Pesticides”;
“Growing Blueberries in Your
Home Garden”; “Growing
Tree Fruits and Nuts in the
Home Orchard”; “Training
and Pruning Your Home Or-
chard”; “Growing Your Own
Table Grapes”; and “Manag-
ing Diseases and Insects in
Home Orchards.”
Wednesday (today) is
A p r i l Fo o l ’s D a y, a n d
thoughts of all the pranks
played back in the day re-
turn — none of which I’m
going to share in print, or
even begin to admit to doing
to family members, teachers
and friends many years ago.
April 1 has been celebrat-
ed all over the world since
the mid-1500s with all kinds
of jokes and pranks played
on just about everyone. In
France, school children try
to secretly tape pictures of
fish on one another’s backs;
in Scandinavian countries,
there is always an April
Fool’s story printed on the
front page of daily newspa-
It’s a great day for laughter
and just good, plain fun.
Spring break was over be-
fore we knew it. Our local
students are back in their
classrooms with thoughts of
sports, proms and upcoming
graduation competing with
learning history, English and
math. Spring is the time for
dreams and fantasies, and
everyone is looking forward
to days filled with sunshine
and evenings that you want
to last forever. Today is not
the day to deal with the real-
ity of tidying up closets and
pulling weeds. It’s a great day
to take a long walk around
MI Town.
Mark your calendars for
Saturday for the monthly
community breakfast at the
Monmouth Senior Center.
Everyone in the family will
enjoy all-you-can-eat scram-
bled eggs, sausage, biscuits
and gravy, and orange juice.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3
for children under 12. What
a great way to begin a busy
With Easter Sunday just a
few days away, many of us
are planning family get-to-
gethers and celebrations of
faith at our local churches.
Easter is definitely a time for
new beginnings and sharing
the joy with everyone. It’s a
time for new life to appear —
lambs, calves and foals in
farmers’ fields, and lilacs and
tulips are everywhere. It’s a
time for optimistic thinking
and doing — and when the
spring fever subsides — ac-
complishing all kinds of nec-
essary tasks around the
house, yard and community.
Last week’s Spring Sports
Preview Guide in the Itemizer-
Observer was a special bonus
to everyone who enjoys out-
door sports. What could be
more fun than to get the fam-
ily together and cheering on
our friends and neighbor kids
as they show how much they
enjoy participating in school
sports events.
From the time I was a little
girl watching my dad play
baseball with neighbors at the
local elementary school play-
ground on springtime and
summer evenings, I’ve been
in love with all things base-
ball. Nothing tastes better
than a hot dog at the ballpark.
Let’s show our kids how much
we appreciate their efforts —
and have a good time as well.
Family and friends were
on hand at Pedee Church on
Sunday when Jacob Barnhart
and his girlfriend, Allison
Thomson of Los Angeles, an-
nounced their engagement.
It made an exciting end to the
service. They are planning a
July wedding. They met last
year at Ecola Bible School in
Cannon Beach.
Judy Guida spent a very
good week with Sam’s family
in Houston, visiting with
John, Gina and their four
children, and taking the
older two, Neko and Adrian-
na, to their first carnival. She
and Sam’s brother, Joe, trav-
eled to the Texas Hill Coun-
try one day to go horseback
riding on a 5,000-acre ranch,
which certainly was different
than riding here in the Coast
Range. They visited Joe and
Sam’s cousin, John Guida, at
his home there, where they
had fun hearing stories of
John and Sam growing up in
Tampa, Fla. They also went
to the Houston Rodeo, held
in the NRG football stadium
that seats 71,500 people.
Judy said all those 71,500
seats seemed to be full.
Everything is bigger in Texas.
For the last two months,
the Pedee Women’s Club has
had a beginning quilting
class each month. Several
class members now plan to
get together as often as pos-
sible at regular Wednesday
club meetings to continue
working on quilting projects,
and they invite anyone inter-
ested to come. I’ll be there
most weeks to get new quil-
ters started or to teach new
skills. We’ll meet from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. or so. Bring a
sack lunch. You can contact
me at kovasha@gmail.com
or 503-838-3512 if you have
questions or want to make
sure I’ll be there to give you a
hand. Of course, several of
our other members can an-
swer questions, too.
Tale and April Makalea are
already planting spring crops
in their Maple Grove Road
garden to sell in their farm
stand, which is open on Fri-
days and Saturdays during
the summer. They will also
be delivering boxes of natu-
ral, home-grown vegetables
weekly during the summer
and fall to all interested in
subscribing. This is their
ninth year of providing these
popular “Community Sup-
ported Agriculture” (CSA)
boxes of from five to 10 kinds
of vegetables. Check out
their website for more de-
tails, makaleafamily.com, or
give them a call at 503-838-
6085. I should mention that
they also teach some really
interesting homesteading
classes on a regular basis, so
check that out, too.
Granddaughters Victoria
and Christina Odell of Salem
were at our house for the first
two days of their spring
break. We drove to the top of
Mary’s Peak, the highest in
the Coast Range at 4,097 feet,
on the first day, which was a
glorious 69 degrees. There
are wooded trails in the area,
and we hiked several. It’s so
easy to forget some of our
closest and best tourist desti-
nations, and Mary’s Peak is
only 36 miles from Pedee.
Barbara Jayne Lerwick of Dallas and Tyler Hugh McCor-
mack of Brothers are planning a June wedding.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Chuck and Barbara
Lerwick of Dallas. Her fi-
ancé is the son of Jeff and
Runinda McCormack of
Barbara is a 2009 gradu-
ate of Dallas High School
and a 2013 graduate of Ore-
gon State University in Cor-
vallis with a Bachelor of Sci-
ence in animal sciences.
She is a ranch hand at Mc-
Cormack Ranch in Brothers.
Tyler is a 2008 graduate
of Crook County High
School in Prineville and a
2012 graduate of Oregon
State University with a
Bachelor of Science in agri-
cultural business manage-
ment and a minor in ani-
mal sciences. He works on
his family’s ranch, the McCormack Ranch in Brothers.
The wedding is set for June 20 at McCormack Ranch in
Kali Marquez of Dallas and Brandon Schilling of Dallas
are planning an August wedding.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Terheanna Ehret
Marquez of Dallas and Do-
minic Marquez of
Petaluma, Calif. Her fiancé
is the son of Steven and
Lori Schilling of Dallas and
Bl o s s o m L a n g s t o n o f
Kali is a 2013 graduate of
Perrydale High School. She
is a student at Johnny
Matthew’s Hairdressing
Training School in Salem.
Brandon is a 2011 gradu-
ate of Dallas High School.
He is employed at Vestas
Wind Systems in Portland as a windmill technician.
The wedding is set for Aug. 1 at Summerfield Farm in
Dalton Fredrick Westendorf was born to Brian and Jen-
nifer Westendorf of Dallas at 6:46 a.m. on March 8 at Salem
Hospital Family Birth Center.
He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20½ inches
Dalton joins Adalee, 15 months.
Grandparents are Dan and Dena Westendorf of Dallas,
Kaye Koloen of Dallas and Rick Koloen of Dallas.
Great-grandparents are Dick and Sharon Koloen of Dal-
las and Donna Westendorf of Redmond.
Sofia Annabel Nunez-Andrade was born to Leonardo
Nunez and Yoana Andrade of Independence at 6:25 a.m.
on March 25 at Salem Hospital Family Birth Center.
She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches
Sofia joins Julian, 8, and Leonardo, 3.
Grandparents are Gonzalo and Maria Andrade of Inde-
pendence and Raul and MariaLuisa Nunez of Independ-
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