New Members Our Town Publishers

An Our Town Publication is the perfect place to tell the story of your business community.

Our Town print publications and websites are designed to let you talk directly to your current and future customers with not only a beautiful, full color ad, but also tell the “story of your business” as well.

Print publications and websites feature a story about the town, almanac-style information, calendar of events and a business directory with additional content available specific to your town.

Printed copies are available for participating businesses to distribute throughout the year. Additional copies can be provided to chambers of commerce and local business associations as needed.

Our Town Publishers is headquartered in the heart of the Yamhill Valley in McMinnville, Oregon. Robert Sudeith, Senior Partner and Sales Director, has a wealth of experience in the sales and marketing filed. He comes to Our Town Publishers most recently from a community newspaper where he was the corporate general manager who oversaw all aspects of the business as well as a sales team of 8 – 10 reps. Christy Nielsen, Senior Partner and Creative Director, also comes from a sales and marketing background. She was the advertising director for a community newspaper before making the switch to graphic design, website creation and social media management.

Give them a call today to see what Our Town Publishers can do for your town.

https://www.ourtownpublishers.com/

Itemizer-Observer

The Polk County Itemizer-Observer is your local news source. We print Wednesdays to a circulation of roughly 4,000, and daily online, reaching more than 10,000 unique readers each week on our website. Our Classifieds are mailed out across the county to nearly 9,000 additional homes.

Back by popular demand, we will publish the Eagle Directories, updated with current listings for both business and residential. Call us to find out how to spotlight your business in this annual publication mailed to about 19,000 Polk County customers. Want to include your cellphone in the phone book? Let us know by emailing iosales@polkio.com.

Also coming up is our annual, award-winning Explore Polk County, with about 10,000 distribution in print. The publication also is linked on Travel Salem’s website, as well as found on our website. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your message out!

Got a story tip or want to submit a photo to Explore Polk County? Send it to ionews@polkio.com. We’re still searching for our cover shot – do you have a Polk County photo that could make the cut?

Deadlines on both of these publications is early May, but that will be here before you know it. Don’t delay, call today! 503-623-2373.

http://www.polkio.com

Dallas Area Visitors Center

How would you like to be in a minimum of 5,000 copies of the new Dallas Directory? We are pleased to announce Our Town Publishers, located in McMinnville Oregon, has committed to producing an online and print directory for our community.

The Dallas Directory is the perfect place to tell the story of your business and community to visitors, residents and potential new business owners. Our Town print publications and websites are designed to let you talk directly to your current and future customers with not only a beautiful, full color ad, but also an option to tell the “story of your business” with a personalized article showcasing you and your business. Print publications and our website will feature a story about our town, almanac-style information, calendar of events and a business directory with additional content available specific to Dallas. Take a look at www.ourtowntwinfalls.com for a preview of what they have worked on with other communities.

As a Chamber Member, you’ll receive a complimentary business directory listing, a 15% discount on all full color advertising options and first selection at ad placement. These directories will be distributed to a minimum of 5,000 Residents, Chambers of Commerce, Visitor Centers, Hotels, Relocation Packets and other places nationwide!

Robert Sudeith, Director of Sales and Marketing along with Christie Nielsen, Senior Partner and Creative Director, both with Our Town Publishers, will be in contact with you soon to discuss your promotion in the new Dallas Directory!

https://www.exploredallasoregon.org/

St. Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), who was the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilís, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians who belong to liturgical denominations also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialized and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish people.

8 Reasons to Visit Dallas, Oregon

An idyllic town with history, trails and wineries. Set among vineyards and rolling hills, Dallas is located about 25 minutes outside of Salem, Oregon. Its owner-operated businesses, small-town charm and walkable downtown square will have you feeling like you’re in Mayberry – for all the right reasons.

  1. Walk the historic downtown.

Although only one building in the core of downtown Dallas is on the National Register of Historic Places, almost every building was built between 1880 and 1910. The town itself is centered around the Polk County Courthouse, which was completed in 1900 and is one of the oldest courthouses still in use in the state. With a 95-foot clock tower, the building is hard to miss.

Surrounding the courthouse, rows of historically-significant buildings house restaurants, antique shops and murals depicting the town’s history.

  1. Peruse antique stores and more.

In downtown Dallas, you won’t find big-name stores. Instead, you’ll find locally-owned shops selling one-of-a-kind items. For antique and vintage treasures, visit Some Things and the Dallas Antique Mall. Right down the street, Main Street Emporium of Dallas has a variety of new and upcycled home goods, children’’ toys and clothing.

Quilters come from all over the country and world to visit Grandma’s Attic Quilt Shop. From fabrics and patterns to quilting lessons and advice, the store offers a little bit of everything and has been a staple in the community for more than 20 years.

  1. Coffee bars, restaurants and taphouses.

For a small town, Dallas boasts a handful of appetizing restaurants, including Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar. Often referred to as the hub of the community, Pressed is a great place to grab a coffee in the morning, order a light lunch in the afternoon and enjoy live music and trivia in the evenings.

If you’re looking for fine dining with farm-to-table food, look no further than Latitude One. Owned by a longtime Dallas resident, the seasonal menu features locally-harvested ingredients in dishes such as steamed clams, mushroom fettuccine and prime rib sliders.

With 65 different taps, West Valley Taphouse is sure to have something to quench your thirst. Most of the taps are dedicated beers, ciders, and Kombucha from the Pacific Northwest, but there are also beers available from around the world.

  1. Plan a day in the parks.

Dallas has an extensive system of parks. At 35 acres, Dallas City Park is the largest park in town. Among its amenities are an 18-hole disc golf course, a suspension bridge, Japanese garden and swimming hole.

On the other side of town, you’ll find Central Bark, an off-leash dog park, and Roger Jordan Community Park, which has a skate park and the only pickleball courts in the area.

Several of the town’s 11 parks are connected through the Rickreall Creek Trail, a multi-use trail for pedestrians, bicyclists and bird-watchers that runs along the creek it’s named after. Once completed, the 4.2-mile trail will connect the west end of Dallas to the east end.

  1. Explore the Delbert Hunter Arboretum.

The Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanic Garden is one of Dallas’ hidden gems. Nestled against Rickreall Creek, the arboretum serves as a living museum of native plants. It showcases many species of plants and trees, including high-desert plants, rare shrubs, and flowers. With several walking paths and benches throughout, the arboretum is a perfect place to connect with nature.

  1. Visit Oregon Wine Country.

Polk County is known for expansive vineyards and delicious wines, and Dallas is no exception. There are a handful of wineries located just minutes outside of the downtown area. Take in sweeping valley views at Van Duzer Vineyards, visit one of Namaste Vineyards’ tow tasting rooms or taste wine (and grapeseed oil) at Chateau Bianca Winery.

For a truly unique wine experience, schedule a visit at Illahe Vineyards. The winery strives to make wine as naturally as possible and uses many historical winemaking techniques. Some of the wines are made entirely by hand, without electricity or modern machines!

  1. Bring the kids.

If you’re traveling with children, you’ll want to see what is playing at the Dallas Cinema. Although its undergone a series of name changes, the theater first opened in 1949. It only has one screen, but it shows affordable movies throughout the week.

The entire family can also enjoy the Dallas Aquatic Center. Open for lap and recreational swimming, it features five pools, a waterslide and a spray fountain. The center also offers dedicated times for individuals with special needs, toddlers and adults-only swims.

  1. Learn about nature at the wildlife refuge.

Just shy of 2,500 acres, Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide variety of wildlife and plants. The refuge features extensive croplands, wetlands and woodlands, making it an ideal habitat for wintering Canada geese, black-tailed deer and the rare, endangered butterfly known as Fender’s blue.

There are also miles of dirt trails for visitors to hike, viewing platforms and information kiosks.

Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites

This cozy Dallas hotel is near many wonderful attractions such as several local Oregon vineyards, and Western Oregon University.

The over-sized rooms of this Best Western offer high-speed Internet access, cable satellite television, a single serve coffee maker, a desk, complimentary in-room toiletries and more. While staying at Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites guests can also enjoy a guest laundry, valet, and an exercise facility.

Guests can get the perfect start to each day with a complimentary hot breakfast. No matter what you or your fellow travelers have a taste for, there are many diverse restaurants within less than a mile, including Hong Kong Restaurant, Figaro’s Pizza, Rio’s Tavern, and North Dallas Bar and Grill.

Many guests enjoy seeing if luck is on their side at the nearby Spirit Mountain Casino or partaking in some retail therapy at the Salem Center. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful scenery at the Oregon Gardens and Lincoln City beaches.

Located near the western side of Salem, Oregon, the Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites is only a short drive away from many local Oregon wineries, where the guests of this hotel can relax and unwind while taking in the gorgeous scenery.

Many guests stay to partake in the area’s wide range of events, such as golf tournaments, Western Oregon University sporting events, or the latest local happenings at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Those visiting students and faculty at the Western Oregon University, as well as the Valley Community Hospital and Forest River RV, only have a short commute from Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites.

Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites has won the 2018 Guest Review Award through booking and won the 2019 Champion Green award. Both awards will be announced and recognized at this years’ Best Western District Meeting in Calgary, AB.

For a wonderful stay with exceptional service at a delightful hotel reserve a stay at Best Western Dallas Inn & Suites!

https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-dallas/best-western-dallas-inn-suites/propertyCode.38138.html

Dallas Named 10th Safest City in Oregon

A western Pacific state, Oregon is famous for its country side and leisure opportunities as well as its timber industry. The state also has a worldwide reputation for its liberal lifestyle and laws. Geographically the state is highly varied with forests, rivers, coastlines, mountains and volcanos. Oregon’s population tallies around 4.1 million. The population density is low and the state ranks 39th in the US.

State wealth historically was based around fishing, hydroelectricity and timber plus mining. More recently it has become known as a center for high-technology. Tourism and leisure are also significant industries. It ranks the 25th state in terms of gross domestic products, however, around 21 % of the population uses food stamps and in 2016, unemployment was about US averages. Household average income levels compare well to US overall averages. Household income at $60,000 and per capita at $32,000 are both at – or close to – national averages.

Oregon’s crimes statistics are impressive. It is the 32nd safest state for property crime; where 1st is lowest crime. Violent crime is recorded at a ratio 0.72 with 2.5 crimes per 1,000 versus a national average of 3.47 making it the 15th safest state for violent crime. Property crime levels are 31.41 per 1,000 compared to the national average of 40.43.

The top 10 safest areas include:

  1. Lake Oswego
  2. Canby
  3. Sherwood
  4. Monmouth
  5. Beaverton
  6. Milwaukie
  7. Silverton
  8. Hillsboro
  9. Hermiston
  10. Dallas
    1. Violent Crimes: 47
    2. Property Crimes: 335
    3. Violent Crime Rate: 2.910
    4. Property Crime Rate: 20.740

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market

We are excited to inform you that Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open the doors to its much-anticipated location in Dallas at 258 W Ellendale Ave. tomorrow, February 14th! The nation’s fastest-growing, extreme-value grocery retailer, is creating 40 new jobs in the community. You are invited to the Grand Opening ceremonies, beginning at 8:55 am Thursday morning.

Grocery Outlet has a few special activities planned; including guest speakers from our community. Grocery Outlet will also be gifting the first 200 customers in line with a Grocery Outlet gift card that will range in value from $5 to $200. Additionally, Grocery Outlet has pledged to donate what is equal to the amount their customers save during the first hour they are open, 9:15 am to 10:15 am. The donation will go to benefit Dallas’ own Kindness Club and will be presented at 11 am. Shoppers will also receive a free reusable bag, while supplies last. Last but certainly not least, starting Thursday, February 14th through Thursday, March 14th, customers may enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize of Free Groceries for one year!

Sandy and Jason Thornton, the Dallas store’s independent owner-operators, invite the community to attend the grand opening celebration on Thursday, February 14th, beginning at 8:55 am.

https://business.dallasoregon.org/events/details/grocery-outlet-grand-opening-4738

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Public Policy: Fire Department Consolidation

The City of Dallas, Sheridan Fire District, SW Polk Rural Fire Protection District, and West Valley Fire District are proposing a pilot consolidation of their fire and ems services. Once approved, a joint management services agreement between the four agencies could go into effect as early as July 1st, 2019. The following questions and answers provide details about the proposed consolidation.

What is changing?

The four agencies are considering a pilot consolidation of their fire and ems service delivery systems. Phase I of the consolidation would involve only management functions. All firefighters employed by each department would remain employees of their current departments, and all current bargaining agreements would remain in place. Phase I of the consolidation would include sharing the cost of a single fire chief, restructuring administrative support functions, and exploring opportunities to leverage resources through joint purchasing power. The four fire agencies also would establish a single operational structure and implement standardized training, policies, and procedures.

This effort will take the place of the several current individual intergovernmental agreements these agencies have between each other currently.

Phase II bring the benefits from consolidation that occurred in phase I to allow for increased response personnel and thus provide quicker, faster, safer services to our citizens.

Why are the four fire agencies considering consolidation?

All four agencies have operated their own fire and ems service system since their inception. Each agency has their own history of previous consolidation efforts to enhance their service delivery system. There is high level of cooperation between the four agencies, yet they maintain separate organizational infrastructures. As is the case in many areas, budgetary pressures are creating difficulties in maintaining appropriate levels of service. The goal of the proposed consolidation is to provide the best fire and ems services possible to the areas and communities given available resources. The plan would eliminate redundancy and duplication of effort, provide opportunities for cost savings, and enhance the level of service for all four agencies. At the same time, the proposed consolidation would generate significant savings over individually meeting the same service levels.

Are these the first fire and ems services to consider consolidation?

No. consolidating fire and ems services is a nationwide trend to maintain fire and emergency medical response in the face of budget challenges. There are several nearby completed examples: Lane Fire Authority, Redmond Fire District, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Several other nearby areas are considering similar process: McMinnville, Forest Grove, Cornelius, and Albany.

Will this consolidation of fire and emergency medical services affect my annual tax payment?

Yes, there will be an increase in the annual property tax, however, the increase will be less than if the fire and ems systems were enhanced as individual agency systems. The amount of any increase will vary upon which service area you are located within.

The chart below describes each agency annual tax changes.

Agency Name Dallas Fire & EMS Sheridan District Fire SW Polk Fire West Valley Fire
Current tax rate per $1000 $1.21 $1.47 $1.54 $1.46
Individual tax rate per $1000 $2.65 $2.45 $2.57 $3.23
Consolidated tax rate per $1000 $1.94 $1.94 $1.94 $1.94

 

Would there be other benefits associated with consolidation?

Infrastructure improvements associated with the consolidation will improve service to the community. For example, all agencies could begin using a common information technology service including the need for meeting Oregon Records Retention laws. Emergency planning could also be improved through common practices and stronger communication.

Who would oversee the consolidated department?

Beginning in Phase I, the fire chief would be shared by all agencies. In addition to the fire chief, all agencies would share several senior command staff personnel. The fire chief would report to the Fire & EMS Planning Coalition.

What impact would the consolidation have on fire and emergency medical services to the area involved?

The consolidation effort is designed to increase fire & ems services within all agency areas involved. Eliminating the current vacant administrative positions within each agency thus allowing for those dollars to increase the number of fire and ems service providers.

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Socks and Underwear Drive

Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is partnering with United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to help provide new underwear and socks. These items will be donated to United Ways two programs: Mobile Shower Unit, and United for Classrooms Initiative.

United for Classrooms purpose is to support our educators by removing the barriers to learning for our elementary students affected by poverty. 92,395 children are enrolled in schools in our tri-county area, more than ¼ of them live below the poverty line. Teachers currently support the basic needs of their students out of their own pockets or through a small amount of community advocates. United Ways goal is to work with current programs to enhance the availability of basic supplies. Ultimately, they are working to provide every K-5 classroom in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties, with Resources Rooms, Backpack Programs or other supports that will allow them to empower those students whose families are struggling to meet basic needs.

United Ways Mobile Shower Unit is designed to deliver access to basic hygiene for unsheltered community members. We believe collective impact is the only way to ensure meaningful, permanent change. United way means to respond to the community crisis of unsheltered men, women, and children by fostering tangible solutions that address the unmet needs gap. They utilize a 14-foot trailer that has been retrofitted into a mobile hygiene unit. Current drafts for the trailer include 3 individual bathroom and shower stalls. The trailer is equipped with a water heater and gray and black water tanks.

Help us support those in need. Bring your newly purchased socks and underwear to the Chamber Office Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Thank you for supporting our community.

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