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: "t''''t**t'''**'" . ..... *(:r., , "PE't:l- -: ,.2.&:..[ ..:, :,r. \\; I I The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Thursday June 6th, 2013 75 Cents Volume 33 - Number 21 When I went to check out the summer blood drive at the school Monday morning, I thought maybe someone should call an ambulance. Lavem Zimmerman, pictured above, appeared pret still in his chair. I thought, "Oh-oh, they took too much!" Turns out he was just sleeping. Lavem had volunteered to give plasma, which takes a while to spin out, giving him the opportunity to catch a few z's. The Drayton School Teachers went all out for blood this week, sponsoring this summer's United Blood Services blood drive, at the Drayton school on Monday. In all, 48 donors pre- registered to donate blood. Of that number 36 of the 48 registered showed up to donate. Of the 36 that made it to the school, 30 passed the screening room. As a result, the United Blood Service staff was able to collect 40 units of blood! The six individuals that were culled out in the screening room were immediately caged and placed on a truck. They were delivered later Monday afternoon to a secret laboratory in Grand Forks for scientific experiments. Okay, I embellished a little there. Wanted to check and see if you were really reading this. They actually went back out in the reception area, had a brownie, shot the bull and then left. What they didn't know is that their brownies were drugged and they were picked up later at their homes, placed aboard a flying saucer and taken to a small planet near Alpha Centauri where they will be used to interpret Richard Simmons exercise videos. Grfint SchumacherHas-Impressive Sho00ving- At State High School Golf Tournament Story and Photos by Wayne Stegman Grant Schumacher, son of John and Karen Schumacher, pictured above and at right, played some pretty dam good goff last week at the State High School Goff Tournament in Mandan. Grant placed 27th overall among 128 of the best golfers in class B boys golf. Good job Grant! At the State Golf Tourney, held at the Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan ND last week, junior Grant Schumacher had two excellent days of competition. On day 1 Grant had an outstanding round, shooting 11 over par, for a score of 83. This placed him in a tie for 15th out of the 128 best golfers in class B boys golf. On day 2 he struggled a bit, early in the round, but a birdie on a tough par 3 put him back on track and he ended with a score of 86. His two day total of 169 placed him 27th overall for the State Class B Meet. Coach Stegman was impressed with Schumacher's strong performance. "Grant's putting skills and ability to hit the long ball were very important on a course where the greens all had major and multiple breaks and the par 5 holes were all long, some up to 540 yards." Being able to chip was also big as every green, but 3, also had two sand bunkers, and the greens that had less than two bunkers had water hazards to contend with. Oops .... did it again. All kidding aside, when you give blood, you're giving a very precious gift. According to the United Blood Services website, "blood transfusions save more than 4 million lives each year. It is estimated that blood is needed every two seconds, and that 1 out of 7 people entering the hospital will need blood. Since blood cannot be manufactured or harvested, it can only come from Heroes like YOU - the volunteer blood donor!" Depending on patients' needs, a single blood donation may be separated into several different components that may be used to treat a variety of medical conditions or illnesses. The majority of blood is not used by accident victims, but for everyday needs such as cancer treatments, orthopedic surgeries, organ and marrow transplants, cardiovascular surgery and blood disorders such as anemia or sickle cell disease. It's very important stuff. A quick note on United Blood Services. Founded in 1943, United Blood Services is a nonprofit community blood center, providing blood and blood products for local area hospitals throughout the United States. They exist to, "make a difference in people's lives by bringing together the best people, inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement." Around the Town Wet and Wild After crawling through a long winter that extended through April and into the flood season, which was originally high threat, we've entered into a cold and wet spring that is extending into the summer. Most agree, it sucks! Last year we enjoyed 70 and 80 degree weather beginning in March. All the fields were planted before the end of April. This year, because of the continuous rainfall, a lot of folks just might not get in. Rumor is the long term forecast for July is hot and dry. We could use a little of that now. Continued On Page 4 Flowers, Flowers Everywhere .Have you taken a look around the town lately?. There's flowers everywhere. In baskets hanging from the light poles, in concrete planters and in baskets along side a number of local business offices. They add some nice color to our rather dreary spring and start to summer. The flowers were potted and placed by Bless My Bloomers out of Grafton, as a result of a nice donation from: Joyce McFarland. She's expanded the tradition of her parehts Pearl and Loren, who every summer lit up the town with their beautiful and well tended flower gardens at their home. Thanks Joyce! Kid's Bike Safety Class June 12 There is a Kid's Bike will receive a bike helmet Safety class in Drayton on upon completion. This Wednesday June 12, 2013 activitywill take place behind @ 10:30am. Age range or beside the Drayton Public for participation is from School. Kindergarten graduates on A special thank you up. Cost will be between to Andrea Pasa of Kids $5 and: $8 (depending on Klasses, Kallie Christenson funding) and participants from Pembina County Public Health, Deputy Mark Kevorkian, and also KodaBank of Drayton for their donation to the program! Any questions contact Andrea Pasa at (701)265- 4248. Northern Valley Volunteers Pack 427,680 Meals for Starvation-Impacted Children by Lloyd Omdahl An army of 1,949 volunteers from Northern Valley counties, including Pembina andWalsh, packed 427,680 meals in the Grand Forks Public Works Building April 5-7 for starvation- impacted children, Co-Chair Jodie Storhaug announced in a final report released this week. The Convoy of Hope in the Philippines received 272,160 meals and Love A Child in Haiti received the remaining 155,520 meals. The 427,000 meals will feed 1,171 children for a year. Churches, civic clubs, schools and businesses contributed $94,089.60 to pay for the ingredients. Fifty-nine churches in Northeastern North Dakota andNorthwesternMinnesota participated in the project. In addition to meals for hungry children overseas, hundreds of pounds of imperishable food were collected for area food pantries. The interdenominational volunteer committee overseeing the annual food- packing event has set a goal of 400,000 meals for the 2014 MobilePack event that will be held April 4-6. Donations of $88,000 will be needed for the ingredients. Continued On Page 3