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Page 6 May 27, 2010 "The devil's aversion to holy water is a light matter compared with a despot's dread of a newspaper that laughs." The American Press, first printed in .Mark Twain: Press Critic. Valley News & Views Dick Conway's View Writer trades waves of the Pacific for waves of grain and friendly folk I live in Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula, an area deemed by its residents to have great natural beauty -- soaring mountain peaks, rugged ocean beaches, sparkling bays of Puget Sound where orcas leap. And yet the successful coach of our local Peninsula College, Peter Stewart, has just opted to leave our area for a job in Minot. Minot, North Dakota! Where the winter lasts for eight months (followed by After Winter, Not Winter, and Almost Winter) and the scenery offers neither mountains nor sea. Of course he was asked why he would trade Port Angeles for Minot. And his answer was simple: "The People." I give much the same answer when almost every year my friends are puzzled to find me heading to Drayton, North Dakota, for a vacation. "What do you do there?" they say. I could tell them that I wake up listening to birds sing on Dick Johnson's farm. Dick Conway on the job. That I can play a round of golf on a public course as cozy and player-friendly as a course can be. That I often party with Joy Bakken, the former curling champion, and her laugh-a-minute daughters. Or drop in at the Zoo Bar, where the friendly crowd knows no strangers. I could say all that -- and I do -- but it's hard to put the experience of Drayton into words. Now that I'm a big-shot copy editor for the Valley News and Views, I just have to say that I spend my time looking for misspelled words, sentence fragments, dangling modifiers, and -- worst of all -- ubiquitous apostrophes. All this past year, thanks to the generosity of Larry Ritzo, I have been reading the VNM. What's my favorite part? That's easy: those wonderful interviews Ritz does with the Kids of the Week. Every interview is delight- ful, both the irrepressible Kids and the skillful way Larry brings them to life. I don't know which to admire more. And, hey, now that sum- mer's here, I guess I'm not too old to be a Kid of the Week! (Editor's note: Dick Con- way, a retired professor of English who started his teaching career at UND, has visited Drayton often. This is the second year he has volunteer his time to help out at the VNE) GREAT BEGINNINGS, 1204 Announcer: "The Fabu- lous Dr. Tweedy, written by Robert Riley Crutcher, and starring Frank Morgan." (a typical beginning for "The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy," a comedy on radio; NBC, June 2 to September 22, 1946) NOSTALGIA QUIZ TIME, 634 (1919-1960) 1. On early TV __ hosted "Camel Caravan." (a. Tommy Dorsey; b. Vaughn Monroe; c. Jack Tea- garden) 2. Holden was the hero of the 1951 novel "The Catcher In The Rye." (a. Caulfield; b. March; c. McPheeters) 3. On earlyTV __ was the host of"It Takes A Woman." (a. Kay Allen; b. Elizabeth Barrett; c. Frances Scott) 4. In 1949 a __ made the first fueled-in-flight, non- stop circumnavigation of the world. (a. B-17; b. B-29; c. B-52) 5. WXYZ in was the ra- dio station where "The Lone Ranger" originated. (a. Detroit; b. Philadel- phia; c. Pittsburgh) (answers at the end of the Column) RADIO DAYS The following are impor- tant dates in old-time radio history: May 29, 1939--When A Gift Marries premiered June 2, 1943--The Jack Carson Show debuted. A MESS OFPOTTAGE, 1261 OILS, 1925, 67 The new school term be- gan on September 14, 1925. It was the 33rd year for the high school and the 46th for the grade school. Amy Alice Malakowski was the 1st and 2nd grade teacher. She was starting her second year and had 45 students. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN, 1970 May 23 1. American Woman/No Sugar Tonight (Guess Who) 2. Vehicle (Ides of March) 3. Turn Back The Hands Of Time (Tyrone Davis) 4. Everything Is Beautiful (Ray Stevens) 5. Cecilia (Simon & Gar- funkle) 6. Let It Be (Beatles) 7. Love On A Two-Way Street (The Moments)* 8. Up Around The Bend/ Run Through The Jungle (Creedence Clearwater Re- vival) 9. ARC (Jackson 5) 10. Reflections Of My Life (The Marmalade) The Moments, an R&B trio from Hackensack, had eigh- teen hits from 1968 to 1980. Fourteen of them hit the Hot 100. "Love On A Two-Way Street" was their biggest all- time hit. It peaked at #3 and was on the charts 15 weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS, May 27 1895--Dat New Bully (Len Spencer) 1900--A Bird In A Gilded Cage (Jere Mahoney) 1905--In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree (Henry Burr) 1910--By The Light Of The Silvery Moon (Billy Murray/ Haydn Quartet) 1915--I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier (Morton Harvey) 1920--Swanee (AI Jolson) 1925-O! Katherine (Ted Lewis) 1930--Stein Song (Rudy Vallee) 1935--What's The Reason (Guy Lombardo) 1940--Tuxedo Junction (Glenn Miller); The Wood- pecker Song (Glenn Miller) 1945--There! I've Said It Again (Vaughn Monroe); Sentimental Journey (Les Brown) 1950--If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake (Eileen Barton) 15 YEARS AGO On May 28, 1995, the 99th DHS Commencement Exer- cises were held. KC's Students of the Week for May 1995 were Margo Defoe, Chris Steenerson, Tom Kuznia, and Tom Wein- laeder. On June 1, 1995, the Cenex Weekly Sudoku PReSENTeD V Where volunteering begins. 5 7 8 9 4 3 1 846 4 3 1 1 4 6 ;8 7 131 7 9 4 2 1 9 7 Fill in re blank squares bl the grid, making sure that ev row, column and &bye1 box includes all digfts t through 9. C-Store awarded a large piz- za to six students for having perfect attendance for the entire school year: Tim Park- er, Jeff Gardner, Ben Schum- acher, Stephanie Parker, Vince Weixel, and Ross Ma- pel. NOTABLE QUOTES "You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts do fear The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor." (as spoken by Lion in Shakespeare's comedy, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," ActV, sc. 1) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for May 17-20 is MaKenna Hudson, 7th grade daughter of Kamron and Jami Hud- son. MaKenna was a seventh grade representative on the DHS Student Council and was active in the two Food Drives and in selling conces- sions at the D-ST Volleyball Tournament. Plus, she is a friendly and well-mannered young lady. Nostalgia Quiz Answers (1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. b; 5. a) Awards Presented to Drayton Graduates The following awards were granted to graduates at Sunday's ceremony: Samantha Ann Britt American Crystal Sugar Scholarship David L. Kirkeby Memorial Award Brandon Neil Keena Dennis McFarland Memorial Award Cavalier Presbyterian Women's Award Bryanna Kate Funaiole RMph Boone Memorial Award Karmin LeRae Dahl RMph Boone Memoriai Award Traditional rites mark graduation BY IANE EARLE VIVV VIslTING STAFF EDIZOR In a ceremony that was un- abashedly traditional, seven young people received their high school diplomas Sun- day in the Drayton school gymnasium. Family and friends drifted into the room to ShirleyVan- Camp's rendition of "Young at Heart," and 's Time Goes By," carrying sleeping babies and leading future gradu- ates by the hand. Slowly they filled up most of the chairs that were set in rows on the floor in front of the stage or climbed into the bleachers against the wall for a better view. Every person in the hall rose as one when the varsity band struck up the somber chords of "Pomp and Cir- cumstance," familiar to every American who ever attended a graduation ceremony. The seniors lined up out- side the two doors of the hall, robed and capped in their blue satin gowns and mor- tar boards. High heels car- ried the women to the center aisle while blue jeans could Bound for Blessing Continued From Page 1 ing it alive in Drayton," she said. "It was fun to show our students some of Drayton's memories when they vis- ited the museum recently. They all were able to relate to some item that was on dis- play." she said. "When talking about Drayton being the Baseball Capital of North Dakota, one of the kids asked what was used for the balls. Perhaps some of the items do look rather ancient to the younger set," she said. For more information or to volunteer for the projects of Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, contact Marlys Boll at 701-454-6103 or e- Fishing On the Red River There are over 75 species of fish in the Red River. Those listed below are just a few of them, Puzzle Answers on Page 10 CDDHGGGEASTEYRD E RDN SOCRDN F E RDT HSUEUSRSREEESBH BNHECTADPOLEONE L K E E KE Y B Y KAOOA R DFYSEYFSNWPAHSE LDEURPIYuRGKTHE EOLYROSASNNUUHD MALCEAHHKRROTAY L H A R GDDD E G AD D UO RRWBU L LH EADOE PD P SHRAATOLRDMGAB BEGSsRNLGG IWREC OA E EO L E B L U RAOS Y DAENDE L LSARsTHA Bass Bullhead Carp Clam Crayfish Eel Goldeye Northern Redhorse Sauger Sheepshead Sturgeon Sucker Tadpole Walleye be seen under the gowns of some of the men. When all members of the class were seated on the stage, Karmin Dahl stepped to the microphone to give the invocation, followed by senior class president Joel Castillo, who led leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience and seniors then joined in singing all four verses of "America the Beautiful." Both Bryanna Funaiole, as salutatorian, and valedictorian Saman- tha Britt took a light-hearted approach in their speeches, with the former making ab- surd predictions about the class members' futures and Britt reminiscing about past antics of her class mates. Superintendent Hy Schlieve urged the seniors to live each day for itself, be- cause the past is over and the future is not yet here. "To- day is all we have," he told he class. He urged them to "laugh, learn, love and lead" each day. After announcing the scholarship awards, Princi- pal Kerri Stegman present- ed the class to Mark Hatloy, President of the Board of Ed- ucation, who handed them their diplomas. They then moved their tassels to the other side of their caps and officially became graduates. They left the stage to the requisite "Trumpet Volun- tary" arm in arm with their parents, ending a ritual that has changed in nothing but the smallest detail in Ameri- ca over the past 50 years. "We like to keep it tradi- tional," said Schlieve. It's just fungus, no worry about saving your ash Many people have noticed leaves falling from their ash trees and are worried the trees are dying. They can stop worrying, according to Joe Zeleznik, NDSU Extension Service for- estry specialist. "The leaves are falling due to a fungal problem called ash anthracnose," Zeleznik said, ',sh anthracnose oc- curs every year, and this year it's especially problematic." The cool, wet conditions that followed initial leaf-out provided the fungus with near-perfect growing con- ditions. With the rapid leaf growth that followed the re- cent warm temperatures, the fungal population exploded, and many ash trees began losing their leaves. Leaf loss may continue for a couple of weeks until drier conditions prevail or devel- oping leaf tissue hardens off for the summer. Leaves that don't fall off may grow into curled shapes Better Speech and Hearing Month Altru's speech therapists are dedicated to treating pediatric to adult patients n the Drayton community. To schedule an appointment, call (218) 779-3738.