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**,,,,,,,,*MIXED STATES 587 0/0/0 ,., 28 AvE sw SEATTI-E, WA 98136 Thursday, June 10, 2010 Published in Drayton, North Dakota - Catfish Capital of the North The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 79 Cents Volume 28 - Number 23 Sig f Drayton Girls At ns o Summer Everywhere Girl'sS:atjene 5-10, Out for Blood Summer Blood Drive A Success Locals Citizens Donate 47 Units United Blood Services conducted a blood drive sponsored by the staff of the Drayton School on June 3, 2010. There were 48 total potential donors that came through the doors, in which the crew of United Blood Services were able to obtain 47 total units. This included 23 people donating whole blood and 12 people choosing to give Double Red Blood Cells, which results in 2 units. Overall, it was a very successful day. Special thanks to all the people who volunteered to help call for donors, provide lunch, or help with registration during the blood drive. Your help is truly appreciated and essential to making the event a success. However, this worthwhile event would not be possible without the donors! Aperson taking time out of their busy schedule to donate this life- giving product is really what counts and makes them a real hero. Thanks again for helping to make this event a successful one. Drayton's representatives are attending Flickertail Girls State on the UND campus. Stacie Van Camp and Rebekah Juhl are sponsored by Drayton Unit #159 American Legion and Legion Auxiliary with Koda Band also providing financial support to send one girl. Zoo Bar to Host Golf Tournament The Zoo Bar will be hosting its First Annual Golf Tournament Saturday July 24th. If you're interested, you should sign up early at the Zoo Bar. This is just a "heads up". More information on the tournament will be published in the near future. Vacation Bible School A Sure Sign of Summer The Drayton swimming pool opened Monday, much to the joy of many of the local youth. Pictured above, from left to right we see Julia Bergeron, Gabriella "Gabby" Cummings, Andrew Bergeron, with Gaven Prigge ............................... behind him enjoying a dip. The kids were all part of Karen Halcrow's day care brood. Karen says the kids love the pool and through the summers she has brought them to the pool daily. She swears by it. At right, we see Karen putting the floating thingys on Julia Bergeron preparing the kids for a dip in the big pool Karen will be closing the doors to her day care operation in two weeks, after being in the business of it for 30 years. Karen says she thinks it's maybe time to take a tittle break A few more summer signs are planted around the paper. Donating Nearly a Lifetime Growth of Hair to Locks of Love, Kiara Aasand is Valley News and Views Kid of the Week Andrea Passa, takes the scissor to Kiara Aasand, clipping over 10 inches of hair which will be donated to "Locks of Love", a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. It was Kiara's first major cut since she was two years old. Kiara's decision to donate her hair makes by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses they provide helps restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need. Anyway, I thought it was a pretty big deal, as Kiara was about to give up nearly a lifetime o fhair growthinpretty much a single clip. Andrea her this week's Kid of the Week. This week, Valley News and Views has selected this week's Kid of the Week based on an act of generosity. Pre- schooler, Kiara Aasand, daughter of Jessie and Mike Aasand gave up eleven inches of her hair Tuesday, which will be donated to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Most of the children helped Passa, owner of Andrea's Hair Salon, did the cutting while mom, Jessie, calmly watched. Kiara was quite resolute and unperturbed as she sat in the chair-- and her locks were cut away. I asked her if she was nervous and she just shook her head, "no" and looked at me like I was probably fussing too much. What about dad? I thought I heard something from Jessie about dad sitting at home in tears, but I'd never repeat it in public.., oops. To make a donation, at least 10 inches of hair must be cut in one continuous lock. Once cut, the hair is packaged in a large envelope and sent off to the Locks of Love folks. What made Kiara decide on this route? Well, according Kiara's room, it was a discussion with Kiara on a summer haircut that lead to the decision to get a super- cut and make the donation. This wasn't the first time Andrea has cut hair for the organization. Andrea has donated her own hair to the organization. She noted that Laiken Larson, who just graduated the fourth grade has already donated twice in her short life. Andrea said she has also had several out of towners come for a cut, specifically to donate. Well Kiara, that's a great way to start out the summer, doing something really good for another kid somewhere that could really use a lift. We'd like to thank you for being so generous and for sharing your story with us. Oh ya, and a big thanks for being this week's, Kid of the Week. The Drayton Vacation Bible School ended last Friday with a picnic for the kids and a short program for the parents. The kids took a minute to pose for the traditional end of school oicture for the paper. Yet, another sign of summer. I was fortunate enough to inherit some of the leftovers from the picnic.., one of the great perks that come with the paper. My thanks to the snack preparation crew for taking care of me. The BBQ's really hit the spot. Summer Mosquito Season Here by Carol Gardner Another sure sighn of summer, the mosquito season is here again, and it's expected that mosquito numbers will increase as the weather warms up. The City crew has spread larvicide around town and regular mosquito sprayinghasbegun. If weather allows, spraying will be done 2 to 3 times a week. An aerial mosquito spray is scheduled for the week of Riverfest activities. The City% mosquito control efforts are funded by a $4.00 per month charge on each city utility bill from April through September. Citizens can do their part to reduce mosquito numbers also. *Don't leave buckets, toys and other water holding containers outside. Continued on Page 5 Support the Pool! Swimming Pool Hours Posted The Drayton Swimming Pool hours are M-W-F lp.m. to 5 p.m. and evenings 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The pool is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until baseball is over, and evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays the pool is open from 2 p.m. to 8p.m. Family season tickets are $125 per year with individual season tickets priced at $70 per year. The daily cost to kids 4 years to 18 years is $2.50 per session, while adults can swim for $4.00 per session. Please note that children 6 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Summer Youth Golf Program to Begin Thursday The Thursday Morning Jr. Golf Tour will begin this Thursday in Hallock Mn. This is a great opportunity 10th for boys and girls age 10- 17th 18 to play a number of area 24th courses and improve their skills. There is no cost to play and all players will 1st receive a free lunch. 15th Registration for all 22nd 29th Thursday meets will be at 9:00 with Tee Off at 9:30. Their will be divisions for girls and boys in age groups: This week's edition of Valley News "1 name thee Old Glory." - Captain William Driver Page 2 .Said upon the hoisting of a large American flag Page 3 which had been presented to him by a group of Page 4 women, thus coining the word "Old Glory," for the Page 5 Amer/can Flag. By act of Congress, Driver's gravesite is one of three places in the U.S. where a flag may be Dakota Tales and Trails Society News/Bowesmont Lives Along the Way Lauraine Snelling K.C. Gardner Special flown twenty four hours a day. Annual DHS Awards Day Program Page 2 By the Way, Monday June 14th is Flag Day 10-11/12-14/and 15-18. This years schedule: June Hallock Karlstad Stephen July Lancaster Drayton Pembina Greenbush If you have any questions please call Wayne Stegman at 454-3862 . Mystery Woman Identified We got a flourish of responses to the VNV Out of the Attic photo of "The Ladies of the Town" taken in 1956 and printed a couple of issues ago. We were unable to identify the lady on the lower left side of the picture and tabbed her as "the mystery lady." We asked for help. No sooner was the paper out when we met Joyce McFarland and her dad, Loren, walking down Main Street. Joyce said the mystery lady was her grandmother, the lateViolet Anderson, wife of the late Elmer Anderson and mother of Joyce's mom, Pearl. Case closed. Summer Means Riverfest Drayton's 13th annual Riverfest celebration is approaching fast. The dates are July 15-17 and it's time to get our advertisements together. If you're planning an event, activity, or booth, please contact Rob Boll by calling 701-454-3317/6103 or emailing chamber@ We want to make sure everyone is included in all our publicity. Posters, print, and radio advertising will be utilized, and our web site will be updated as the festival approaches. Already on the slate are Thursday's Bound for Blessing stage production, Continued on Page 5 Be Wary of Garden Oddities Due to the heavy rains and an early spring, Garden Oddities are likely to be more aggressive and thus more dangerous than during normal years. We can also, expect a larger number of alien abductions than usual. So says Vinny Morose, Director of Science and Technology in the Animal's Republic of Robbin.