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....  STATEg 2Z'?  U'I bi  ,-.,-,=0' HELTG, A 7.D Cents Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 29 - Number 23 American Crystal Picnic Draws Large Crowd In Spite of Rain American Crystal Sugar held its annual picnic in the park on Tuesday. In spite of the rain they drew a large crowd with well over 400 on the sign-up list. One of the highlights was the bike give away, the company giving over 50 bicycles to as many lucky kids. The first name to be drawn was four year old lan Peterson, who gladly scampered out in the rain to choose his dream bike, a John Deere, sponsored by Big Jim's Tire of the North. lan is pictured above with his grandparents, Jim and Sheila Peterson. We'll have more picnic details next week Annual Drinking Water Quality Report The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for the Drayton Water Plant is published in this issue (June 23, 2011) of the Valley News & Views on Page 2. Copies of the report are available at the Drayton City Office, 122 South Main Street. The report will be mailed to individual water users upon request. Please call the City Office at 454-3590. Riveffest is Coming Up Fast Riverfest is fast approaching and it's time to send in your event plans for Chamber's print and radio advertising. Currently we have not received informatio on the following: ' Car show Luncheon Street dance(s) Fun run Craft show/Flea market Ride-in Horseshoes Food vendors We need someone to volunteer as parade organizer for Saturday morning, and volunteers are also needed to help with the fishing tournament, Supper at the Soddy, Kids' Games, picnic tables, and surely more. If you or your organization can help, it would be appreciated; If you can help please contact Rob Boll at 454-3317 or theValley News and Views at 360-3005 or 454-6333. We do know that a number of folks are working on: Parade Games for Kids Rod & Reel Rally Blessing Museum Continued on Page 7 City Residents Encouraged to Help Beautify Community The City is making an effort to make all of our neighborhoods more attractive, pleasant and safe for residents and visitors alike. The City is asking for your cooperation in this effort. Please mow and trim your property on a regular basis. Tall grass and weeds harbor insects and rodents. Please pick up any debris around your property. Piles of debris can also be a hiding place for mosquitoes and rodents. Please remove or shelter any vehicles or equipment that are no longer usable. Notices are being sent out regarding the above problems. If you have received a notice, please do your part in getting our town cleaned up. Everyone's cooperation will be greatly appreciated. What Can You Do with a Plastic Bottle, 00Georgeson Next Time You See Him Water and an Air Pump? Science and Engineering Will Be Combined to Create a Fun and Say Howdy to Flying G Aviation's Troy Troy Georgeson, owner and operator of Flying G Aviation, Drayton, stands beside his 750 hp turbine powered Thrush spray plane. Troy has been operating out of Drayton since 2001 and we figured it's probably about time for folks to get to know him. spend the winter months in Thief River Falls, where Kris is a chiropractor with the Sanford Medical Center. How has the wet season affected the spray business? Not too bad, according to Troy. While there are less acres planted this year, there is a greater demand for aerial application because the fields are often too wet for ground equipment. What's his scariest moment in the air? He says he hasn't had one. Motor kept running good, no deer jumping up in front of him and the airplane has always pointed forward. That's a good deal and hopefully he will keep flying that way for many years to come. Anyway, nowwhen you see him wandering around the town, you can put a name to the face and say, "hi Troy." By the way, if you're looking for his services you can give him a call at 701-454-6588. Educational Experience for Young Riverfest Goers There will be three Activities in which the participants (estimation of 25 participants per activity) will be working on projects individually or in a group. Each activity should not take more then 30-45min to complete. The activities are the Foam Plane Glider- 9 (FPG-9), Launch It, and Float -Your Boat. ' FGP-9 is a simple activity were the participant will use a pattern to cut out a glider from a foam plate and learn about flight mechanics; Launch It is an activity were the participants will design and build a straw rocket that will be launched by a balloon; Float Your Boat will most likely be a group activity were the participants will need to design and build a boat that will be able to hold the most weight before it sinks. Prizes will be awarded. There will also be four Independent Activities in which the participants (estimation of 25 participants) will be doing the projects on there own and on there own time. Materials for each independent activity will be supplied and prizes will be awarded through a drawing from completed submissions. These activities are Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? (fingerprint identification), Who Am I? (identification  using a, dichotomous key), Geometry Playground (identifying shapes), and What's Inside? (identifying what is in a sealed container). The event is open to elementary and high school students. Time is yet to be determined, but will on Saturday June 16th with water bottle launches possibly being held Sunday the 17th. There will be lots of activities and lots of fun, so plan on being there as a participant or as part of the audience. For more information, contact Herb Crisman at 454-3439. Learn more about water bottle rocksts by going to: www.tclauset.org/21_ BtlRockets/BTL.html What can you do with a plastic bottle, water and a bicycle pump? Make a rocket, of course! This is just one of several activities kids from elementary to high school (I'm guessing some of us older kids too) will be able to participate in during this year's Riverfest activities. Herb Crisman and Rachel Lee are putting together an event that combines engineering and science in a way that will be both fun an educational for participants. Going a Long Way to Beautify Our Town One of the friendly faces some folks may have seen around town and wondered, "I wonder who that is," is that ofTroy Georgeson, owner of Flying G Aviation, located at the Drayton Airport. Another reason you might not be real familiar with Troy is that he spends most of his days, starting in March and ending in October, at the airport, or most often flying around the area in his turbine powered Thrush (a spray plane for those who are not aviation enthusiasts. He also flies a Piper Brave 300. Originally from New Rockford, Troy, the son of Betty and the late Gary Georgeson of New Rockford, has been operating out of the Drayton Airport since the spring of 2001. He purchased the operation from lack Elliot. Troy married Kris Elliot, daughter of Jack and Carol, in May of 2004. They have two children, Rachel, age six and four year old Jack. They summer here in Drayton and You should see this in color, and you can ff you take a drive or walk past Joyce Tuttle's place. I don't know how she does it. Joyce goes to work every day yet manages to maintain a beautiful house, gorgeous flowers and a well trimmed yard. Definitely a fine asset to the community. The only thing she's missing is a goat, which I could give hera hand with. As we look this summer to beautify the communi I think Joyce's gives most of us something to look up to and strive for. Growing Leaders in Pembina County Graduates First Class Excitement was in the air as the first class of "Growing Leaders of Pembina County" group ventured to the new Community Center in Mountain for their final meeting and graduation. The group was welcomed by Mayor Tim Moore and County Commissioner Hugh Ralston. Kyle Gagner and Scott Hanson presented the group project "We Love Pembina County"- an interactive Facebook page. The group was encouraged to invite ten friends to visit the site. The project's main purpose is to encourage people back to live in Pembina County. The participants enjoyed a slide show that featured each community that was visited and some highlights of the businesses toured throughout the entire year. Representative Dave Monson spoke to the group along with keynote speaker D.C. Coston, NDSU Vice President for Agriculture and University Extension. Vice President Coston spoke on the three areas of a healthy community; a diverse resilient economy, a healthy effective infrastructure, and leadership. The steering committee presented each leadership program graduate with a certificate of completion. "Growing Leaders of Pembina County" is a Leadership Development Program to support local communities.The committee is making plans to offer a second class in September 2011. i