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"Like" Us on Facebook. www.facebook.Com/valleynv 75 Cents Thursday March 7th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City. of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 10 .... i ii! i!ii i i ii iil A few weeks back seemed our flood prospects looked pretty good. Then we got the good blow a couple weeks back and most recently a heavy snow fell upon us over the weekend. Can you see the school back there? Looks like it's almost buried. Though not quite the case, there's plenty of snow. As of the last flood forecast we were in the 50% probability range of high water in the lower 30 foot range. After this last snow I'm thinking we might see the forecast elevated a bit. The poor cat pictured at right was spotted holding on to some high ground at the Blessing Museum Approximately 10 inches locally really adds to the Tally Another round of heavy snow over the weekend gave city crews and local folk lots to do after it's passing. That was mostly find somewhere to put all the darn stuff. For those outside the area, it's really starting to accumulate now. The rest of us already know that. According to the National Weather Service, snowfall amounts included 9 inches at Pembina, 11 inches at Grafton, 13 inches in Cavalier and a whopping 16.5" in Park The Last Girl Scout Siobhan Kissee, Drayton's last Girl Scout or better, lone Girl Scout is picture above at Kelly's Country Market displaying her array of badges and awards. The fact that the Gril Scouts are now inactive in Drayton didn't stop Siobhan from being a good scout anyway. The day of the picture she was out selling Girl Scout cookies the proceeds going to Girl Scout Dakota Horizons. She's our one girl Girl Scout Troop. World Day of "I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME" is the theme for the 2013 World Day of Prayer in Drayton area churches. This years' service will be held at the Drayton United Methodist Church on Friday, March 15, at 1:30 p.m. World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement sponsored by Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of Prayer is March 15th prayer each year in March. Each year a different country serves as the writer of the World Day of Prayer worship service. For 2013, the World Day of Prayer Committee of France developed the theme of "I WAS A STRANGER AND YOUWELCOMED ME".World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God's Kingdom. Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of France in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness. This years offering will go to support the Drayton Ministerial Association. ALL ARE WELCOME to join us at theDrayton United Methodist Church on March 15th at 1:30 p.m. Coffee and bars will be served following the service. North Dakota A nationwide rain and snow reporting network is looking for volunteers in North Dakota to become part of the state's climatological history. "We need as many volunteer observers as possible around the state to help forecast flood potential, especially in the Red River Valley," says Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and assistant professor of climatology at North Dakota State University. "It's fun, easy and only takes five minutes a day." These observers measure rainfall, snowfall and snow depth as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS. Some observers also measure the water equivalent of the snow if melted. The National Weather Service uses that information to assess the river flood potential more accurately. "The more data points there are, the more accurate the assessment of the flood Seeking Weather Observers potential," Akyuz says. North Dakota already has nearly 250 volunteer precipitation observers. "Now, in your very neighborhood, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are measuring precipitation in their own backyards as part of CoCoRaHS, which has grown to more than 15,000 volunteer observers covering every state of the country," Akyuz says. The CoCoRaHS network engagesvolunteers of all ages, from grade-schoolers to folks in their 90s, to document the size, intensity, duration and patterns of precipitation by taking simple measurements in their backyards. "Not to worry if you do not know how to do all that," Akyuz says. "We have lots of training materials for you to become an observer. All you need is an interest in weather to participate in the program and a cylindrical rain gauge." Data from CoCoRaHS volunteers routinely are being viewed and used River. !, Mountains-of snow are , Good Deed of the Week everywhere around the town and it makes you wonder what spring might have in store for us. The last flood forecast had been up some after the blizzard of a couple weeks back. Then we were looking at a 50% chance of reaching into the lower 30 foot range. Usually with the flood forecasts the 50% spot is pretty close to what we end up with. So, with that in mind, still not a terrible threat at that point. However, the new snowfall is likely to change that a little. Luckily in a way, the heaviest snow was at this end of the valley. The Fargo area received around 4 inches. With lesser amounts further south, less to come this way when it melts. Newflood forecasts usually come out on Thursdays. Not sure if one is scheduled for Just to show you no good deed goes unpunished, I took this picture of Clarice Karboviak out shoveling snow at Marjorie this week or not. We'll let you Rasmussen's. Clarice was not a big fan of getting her picture know next week. taken. Actually, thought it was kind of nice catching someone in the act of doing something decent for someone else. Speaking of Girl Scout Cookies, The are Available through March 9th Saturday, March 9th is Programlearnflveskills:Goal the last day to get your Setting, Decision Making, favorite Girl Scout Cookies Money Management, People and support girls in your Skills and Business Ethics. As community. To find cookies one of the most recognized in your area, visit the Girl fundraising programs in Scout Cookie Booth Finder the nation, the cookie sale at www.gsdakotahorizons, program goes beyond raising org or call 1-800-666-2141. money and gives girls skills Since 1933 girls have that will last a lifetime. participated in the Girl Girls Scouts have the Scout Cookie Sale Program cookies in-hand to sell to support one-of-a-kind and are anxious to utilize opportunities thatbuildtheir the skills they are learning leadership skills. The Girl through the cookie program. Scout Cookie Sale Program is To find cookies in your area, the largest girl-led business visit the Girl Scout Cookie in the world. Booth Finder at www. Girls who participate in or call the Girl Scout Cookie Sale 1-800-666-2141. by many professions and organizations in addition to the National Weather Service, including meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities, insurance adjusters, agribusinesses,engineers and science teachers. Data are used for many applications, such as water resource planning, severe storm warnings, teaching earth science, predicting crop yields and assessing hail damage. During March, the CoCoRaHS network is running its annual competition among states, called "CoCoRaHS March Madness," to see how many new observers it can recruit in each state. North Dakota was the winner of these competitions in 2010 and 2012. "We want to keep the trophy at home," Akyuz says. For more information or to volunteer for the CoCoRaHS network, go to http://www. Well, we've had some keyboard problems tonight which has really slowed down the process some. Lost the letter "a". Lot of words have a's in them. So had to find a replacement. The big snow is about the only big news we've had and has made it difficult to gather up anything else out there. We'll try to get what we missed, next week. Sausage of the Week Kelly's Sausage of the Week this week is his incredible Drayton Polish with Cheddar. If you dig around the paper you'll find a coupon this week that will save you a few bucks on his regular Drayton Polish or is Polish with Cheddar. CHS Harvest for Hunger CHS held a Pancake breakfast and silent auction to benefit their Harvest for Hunger project. I didn't get a chance to catch any of the stats from the benefit which was held Saturday, but will have better info next week. Dennis Pokrzywiniski ND Safety Council Division 2 Driver of the Year Dennis Pokrzywinski - Marvin Windows and Doors Dennis Pokrzywinski, driving for Marvin's Windows and Doors, was named the North Dakota Saftey Council's Division 2 Driver of the year. The North Dakota Safety Council's driving award program recognizes drivers with admirable safety records. The criteria indicate what is expected of each driver regarding safety performance and their skills to avoid traffic crashes while at work. Eligibility of drivers is based on the National Safety Council's guidelines for reporting individual driving records as well as motor vehicle crashes. But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. John Adams, 1775