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,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,-*,,MIXED STATES 587 0/0/0 ** 31 SmallTownPaDers 217 W COTA ST SHELTON, WA 98584- Thursday April 25th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Folks gathered early on a chilly Saturday morning to take in the 9th Annual Spring Consignment Sale, held on the Blawat Construction grounds. The Blawats have not only provided the space but been instrumental in organizing the event each year. 9th Annual Consignment Sale A Big Draw And A Big Win For All Participants 9:30 a.m. and ran past 5:00 p.m. The Drayton Golf Course sold food again this year, which included a fine array of tasty snacks from Sloppy Joes to Potato Salad. The crowd was estimated in excess of 700 with 550 registered buyers. There were a lot of items on the lot both big and small, but by the time the auction ended only a few items remained. It was a big win all around from the seller to the buyer and all those in between. Even the community received a nice boost for the day. The Cenex Convenience store store had so many customers it ran of money. That sounds silly of course, but they did have to make a dash for more cash to make change etc. Likewise, the Zoo reported heavy traffic for the day... Can be pretty good for all to get folks flowing through the town. Seems like it's always cold out when the Annual Spring Consignment Sale comes around. However, it never fails to draw a large crowd, in spite of the cold. Once again this year, cars lined both sides of the highway from town to about a half mile south, with all parking inside the auction grounds filled. The auction, organized by the Blawat Construction folks and held on their grounds with Nick Rapazz, auctioneer, started around 75 Cents Volume 33 - Number 15 increased DUI Enforcement Period, May 1 - May 11 campaign, short for "Don't Forget to Designate a Driver", has been at the forefront of prompting safe driving behaviors when alcohol is involved. This public service campaign combines various forms of media to distribute this vital information. Also with this campaign is an interactive website: www. dontforgettodd.com. This site provides information on regional DUI enforcement activity throughout the state including lists of increased enforcement periods, safe ride information, text and email alert options and much more. "Until zero lives are lost due to impaired driving crashes, we will continue to have heightened patrols," says Kyle Ternes, Captain North Dakota Highway Patrol. The Northeast Grand Forks DUI Task Force includes the following agencies: NDHP, Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks and Nelson Sheriff's Departments, and Cavalier, Grand Forks and University of North Dakota Police Departments. Cavalier, ND - As part of an effort to keep people from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Northeast Grand Forks Regional DUI Task Force in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), will increase enforcement with additional officers assigned to monitor city, rural and state roadways -from May 1 through May 11. "The average number of annual DUI arrests in North Dakota for the past ten years is 5,556," says Brian Erovick, Sheriff Pembina County. "Our goal is to not 0nly decrease the number of intoxicated drivers on North Dakota roads, but to bring that number right down to zero." "The purpose of the Regional DUI Task Force is to save lives by reducing alcohol-related fatalities and car crashes," says Steve Yttredahl, Chief Cavalier Police Department. Reducing the number to zero can only happen if everyone makes an effort to designates a driver and get a safe ride home. The TODD 2013 Prom A Hit! !! // Dr. Susan Thompson Receives Medical Director of the Year Award Dr. Susan Thompson, our local medical director for the Pembina County Ambulance Services and Ouick Response Units, is picture above receiving the Medical Director of the Year Award, in Bismarck last weekend, from North Dakota EMS Association President, Curt Hamrest. This past weekend Dr. Director of the Year Awald Pembina Ambulances (both Susan Thompson who is is to recognize an EMS BLS services)on December the local medical director of Medical Director who 28, 2006, and finally with Pembina CountyAmbulance has contributed to the Walhalla Ambulance (a BLS Services and Quick Response provision, development and service) on August 27, 2010. Units received one of the improvement of prehospital In addition to the four county highest awards in the state care and EMS education in ambulance services, she from the North Dakota their communities, provides medical oversight EMS Association, Medical Dr. Thompson was for four quick response units Director of the Year. nominated by all ambulance in Pembina County in the The award was received services in Pembina County. communities of Mountain, on Saturday April 20th at The award noted that "Dr. Neche, Crystal, and St the annual EMS conference SusanThompsonhasbecome Thomas." banquet in Bismarck. North a valuable part of improving Congratulations and Dakota has 134 licensed EMS in Pembina County. thanks to Dr. Thompson, ambulance services all these She became County EMS "whose "knowledge and services must be licensed Medical Director in 2006, first expertise have made under a doctor to operate in with Cavalier Ambulance significant contributions to North Dakota. (an ALS service) on March the quality of prehospital The intent of the Medical 20, 2006, then Drayton and care in North Dakota." Following the prom, the young folks got into thek post-prom duds for the after prom parb] They're pictured above on the steps leading to the school cafeteria. There's a nice "dress-up" picture on page 8. Photo courtesy of Kari Woinarowicz. by Jess Suda, Ashley Herseth, escorted by Tanner Gozdal, and Kaylee Larocque, escorted by Josh Ulvog. Prom chaperones were Matthew Rarrick, Dave Jongetjes, Brittany Johnson, and Robert Mahar. The after prom party followed the prom, beginning around midnight. Reports are it was good fun. Gift items and money donated from local businesses and individuals as well as people from around the area helped fuel the evening. There were lots of games and over 150 prizes ranging from electronics to gift cards. Very important, lots of good food, purchased with donated funds, from the Red Pepper. The night ended around 3 a.m., following a round of bingo. It's widely reported that a good time was had by all. The DHS 2013 Prom and After Prom Party, was held Saturday evening at the Drayton School. Thirteen couples and one single attended. This year's theme was Moonlight in paris. Couples were announced by Ashlynn Betz and lalyn Larson. Stefanie Andreen, excorted by Ryan Woinarowicx, Morgan Emanuelson escorted by Taylor Johnson, Katelyn Twamley, escorted by Austin Little john, Kelsey Bohm, escorted by Grant Schumacher, Alli Kennedy, escorted by Cameron Littlejohn, Alyssa Kenelly, escorted by Tyler Anderson, marie Perkins, escorted by Derek Bratlie, Paige Emanuelson, escorted by Timothy Blawat, Madison Johnson, escorted by Robby Funaiole, Carlye Klein, escorted by Shane herseth, Kalyn Woinarowicz, escorted Piano Recital Piano students of Shirley Van Camp will be presenting a recital on Sunday, April 28th, at 1 p.m. at the Drayton United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come and enjoy the presentation by these students. Refreshments will be served following the recital. Mother's Day Brunch The Drayton United Methodist will be hosting their annual Mother's Day brunch on Saturday, May 11th, at 10:00 a.m., in the church basement. There will be a free will donation taken for the mission projects of the church. All area women are invited to join in this celebration of Mothers Day. 2nd Annual Golf Course Raffle The Drayton Golf Club is holding it's 2nd Annual Golf Course Raffle. Lot's of great prizes and the money raised goes to the Golf Club which pays to keep the Golf Course operational. Even if you're not a golfer it's hard to miss that we have one the finer golf courses around. It's not just popular among the locals but also is a great draw in the summer for campers, travelers and visitors to the community. That's tourism and it helps our local economy. See the ad on page 5 for the list of prizes and additional information on the draw. The main contact for purchasing a ticket and Supporting the C6firse is Jeff Blawat at 701-520-0665. You've got time to get your ticket. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m., May 30th at the Zoo Bar, Drayton. Flood Update The River is starting to rise now. As noted last week it had been holding around 12 feet. The river began surging upward on Saturday and as of this Tuesday morning was measured at near 17 feet. Much warmer weather is being anticipated over the weekend with highs in the 60's. This will no doubt further hasten the pace of the snow melt and subsequent rise in the river. The National Weather Service prediction models shows Drayton at a 50% chance of exceeding 43 feet. Major flooding, according to their definition. The City of Drayton has all equipment in place and ready to go. The Army Corps of Engin6ers will begin diking on Main Street at some point in the future when the water is high enough to support the bank and the weight of the dike. This of course provided conditions warrant the dike building. Spring is a tricky time and things can change. So, we keep our fingers crossed and keep preparing. Sausage of the Week This week's Sausage of the Week is Kelly's Maple Sausage. A sweeter sausage with maple flavor. I like it with pancakes. It's fully cooked and ready to go. All you have to do is heat it up a little.