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75 Cents Thursday May 30th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 33 - Number 20 Drayton American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Post 159, hosted this year's Memorial Day services at Tisdale Manor on Monday. Kristi, pictured above was reading some very fine essays written by young folk, the essays available to you for a read on page 5 of this paper. That's Danny Rudnick on the left and Post Commander, Lavem Zimmerman on the right. A quiet Memorial Day service was held Monday at Tisdale Manor. There were about 40 people in attendance. TheprogramleadbyLavern Zimmerman, included patriotic music, with Shirley VanCamp providing piano accompaniment, readings by Kristi Scharmer and Danny Rudnick providing the Memorial Day address. The program ended with a reading of all the names of local veterans, who are no longer with us. It was a little sad to learn that'ttie gravds of veterans who served in battle and are buried in Europe are better attended and honored by the Europeans than those here in the states. I guess we've been lucky enough because of our geography and the strength of our military to keep the modern wars off of our soil. Perhaps if Japan and Germany had landed large numbers of troops on our coasts or mounted an all out air campaign against us, as in the Battle of Britain, the day would have a greater meaning to more people. They didn't, but they wanted to. We've enjoyed a great deal of peace and safety within the confines of our shores. It's taken much for granted these days, but, it didn't just happen and it won't just continue on it's own. A big thanks to those brave souls, dedicated to freedom, not just their own, but their nation's as well. Those who died to make it so and those who fought, or have sacrificed during peace time to make and keep it so. If they quit, we're in big trouble. Although, gatherings are usually much better attended when occupied and people are forced to go, but the lunches aren't near as good. And that fshing boat, lake home, giant grill, keg in the back yard or shopping trip... forget it. Can't happen? Tell that to the Romans. : Take a little time to think about it and appreciate it! folks who have, on and Morgan Emanuelson's David L. Kirkeby Memorial Scholarship, award winning essay, also on Page 5. A Refresher Course on Warning Sirens By Carol Gardner The tornado siren is "ON" for a 3 minute duration, with no interruption and no high/ low variations. It sounds like a high-pitched shrill for the entire 3 minutes. The tornado siren will be activated when a tornado has been sited in this area, or when there's a tornado warning for this area. If you hear this siren, seek shelter, either in' your basement or at the Community Center. The Community Center is located on Almeron Avenue, between Main St. and the Railroad, and will be opened when there's a tornado siting or warning. The fire siren is "ON" for 16 seconds, "OFF" for 8 seconds. This cycle repeats for 1 1/2 minutes. This "ON/ OFF" cycle results in a shrill high/low pitch for the 1 1/2 minutes. The fire siren is a call to firefighters and is often activated between 8am and 8pm, when not all firefighters are available because of job commitments etc. and so are not able to answer their pagers. The attack siren could also be called the DANGER siren. It means STAY INSIDE. It will be used to alert you of a dangerous situation, such as a chemical spill or some other threatening or dangerous situation. The danger siren is "ON" for 6 seconds and "OFF" for 3 seconds. This quick cycle of high/low variations will last for 3 minutes. Again, if you hear this sound, STAY INSIDE. Free Fishing Days June 1-2 North Dakota anglers are reminded they can fish for free June 1-2. That is the weekend North Dakota residents may fish without a license. All other fishing regulations apply. Refer to the 2012-14 North Dakota Fishing Guide for season information. Sausage of the Week These week's Sausage of the Week is Kelly's Drayton Polish. I'm very fond of the Drayton Polish with Cheddar, but I took some regular Drayton Polish home the other day and put it on the grill for a bit. Then I slapped it on a bun. Nothing short of delicious. It's grilling season, so pick some up and give it a try., Who Reads the Valley News and Views? !~i!ii:!iil Upcoming Blood Drive to be Held in Drayton Everyone Welcome.t Nice weather has finally take time out of your busyYou can reserve your spot on arrived and with it comes schedule to help us out with the donor list by calling Greg outdoor activities, family this need. Anyone who is in Pollestad at 520-9718. As vacations, and various good health, weighs at least blood drive coordinators we other things to fill our daily 110 pounds, and has not are always looking for new schedules. However, with donated in the last 8 weeks is people to add to our list of this also comes the need for eligible to donate, potential donors. Please help blood! The Drayton teachers us with this worthy cause by Summer is traditionally will be sponsoring a bloodgiving us some of your time a difficult time of the year drive for the United Bloodand a pint of your blood. for recruiting blood donors, Services on Monday, June 3, so we are hoping you will from 8:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Contest Winner Alexis McWhorter has been named the Winner in the 6th Annual North Dakota Weed Control Association (NDWCA) poster contest. As part of the NDWCA's education program, the contest challenged 5th and 6th graders from across the state to create a poster showing how weeds affect the environment. Alexis is the third Drayton Public School student to take the top prize. Previous winners were Abby Price and Josh Twamley. Kadie Benson, Pembina County Weed Control Officer and Stan Wolf, the Fargo District Weed Control Officer, came to the Drayton school about two weeks ago to present the award to Alexis, who was not available that day. However they did Continued On Page 8 Sixth grader Alexis McWhorter, pictured above holding the plaque she was recently awarded, for winning this year's 6th annual North Dakota Weed Associations poster contest. Alexis was in competition with other 5th and 6th graders from all around the state. The little paper really gets around, doesn't it'?. Probably makes more sense than a lot of things coming out of D.C. these days. Anyway, that's Laurie (Jorde) Gunville and brother Lee Jorde pictured above. Laurie stopped in for a bit in Drayton last week and then continued east for a visit with Lee, who is a retired Lieutenant Colonel Looks like a kid doesn't he? So does Laurie. I hear Lee's waiting for a visit from the Great Pumpkin this fall. Laurie and Family live in Billings, MT and Lee and family live in Faiffa VA Actually, they're really old when I think about it. All their kids have long since flown the coup. They reside only with their spouses, Fred and Susan. They took the picture while attending the National Memorial Day outdoor concert at the Capitol, last week. Laurie said the concert was fabulous and gives a big "Hi" to all from the Jorde clan! Larson and Tharalson Compete at State by Murph Thompson Paul Tharalson over came cold and windy weather to finish 4th in the pole vault at the State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck on Friday, May 24, 2013. Patti equaled his personal best vault of 13' to finish in 4th place in a very tough Class B pole vault event this year. Paul made a strategic move passing 12' 3" after a miss at 12'. However clearing the bar at 12' 3" did little to eliminate the competition with 11 vaulters still in after that height. Paul then made 12' 6' on his first jump to move up the in the pack. Paul then cleared 12' 9" and made 13' on his second jump to finish 4th. Junior Harrison Aide from Bottineau won his 3rd straight Class B State pole vault crown with a new Class B Record of 15'. Paul capped a great season with his fourth place finish at the State Meet. Jalyn Larson finished 9th in the triple jump on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the State Meet. Jalyn's jump of 33' in the prelims was strong enough to make the finals in the 9th spot. Jalyn'slastjump award stand by 1W'. Jalyn in the finals appeared to be had an exceptional year her best effort of the day, but for a freshman with strong it was a foul as. she was just performances in triple jump, over the takeoff board. The pole vault and long jump all eighth place finisher had a season. jump of 33' 13/4'', so Larson More on Page 8. just missed making the Jalyn Larson, pictured above, just missed making the award stand at the state track competition by 1 1/4; when she was fouled for stepping jut over the takeoff board. Still dam good for a freshman. Look for more in the years ahead. Paul Tharalson, pictured on page 8 finished 4th in the very competitive pole vault competition. See picture on page 8.