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FOR BTATE WA 587 0/0/0 29 SmallTownPapers 98584 \" 217 W COTA ST BHELTORp WA Cents Thursday October 17, 2013 The Official Newspaper of ti/: City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 39 Mr. Thompson's senior Economics class visited KodaBank last week and received enhanced instruction on credit management, identify theft management and how to maintain a good credit rating, provided by KodaBank's Paige Thompson and Jonathan Wilson,. Students and instructor are pictured above. They are, from left to right: Ryan Woinarowicz, Dylan Woinarowicz, Grant Schumacher, Jonathan Wilson (KodaBank), Paige Thompson (KodaBank), Shawnya Jacobson, and Tyler Anderson to Learn About Credit and Identity Theft Paige Thompson and Jonathan Wilson from KodaBank gave a power point presentation to the Drayton High School senior Economics class on Friday October 11, 2013. The presentation covered a wide variety of topics that enhanced the chapter the class has been studying. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Wilson discussed credit card usage, and tips for repaying credit card charges. The presentation included information on identity theft, protecting your credit rating, establishing and maintaining a good credit rating and score. The presentation also highlighted the "Four C's" of Credit" character, collateral, capacity, and credit history and an explanation of what they mean. Jonathan and Paige discussed the importance of good record keeping in your personal finances, including the use online banking tools. The presentation concluded with information on the cost of credit and APR. Mr. Thompson and the Economics Class would like to thank Koda Bank for taking time to provide real-life information that will assist the seniors as. they prepare for life after high school. B,O,O, STE, R, C, ue E,. Just A.,o,u..D r.E C oR.E. A couple ghosts, or at least ghouls, of Halloweens past are pictured above at a previous Booster Club Halloween party. The parties are excellent as well as the costumes. It's a good time just to come out and try to figure out who everyone is. This year's parly is Saturday October 26th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Continue reading below for more details. The annual Drayton Booster Club Halloween Party is coming up fast and all ghouls, goblins and the like are encouraged to get ready for one fun night. The event is Saturday October 26th, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Drayton School gym and everyone is welcome. For admission, the club asks that each spook bring one non-perishable food item for the Pembina County Food Pantry, but if you can't come up with One, don't worry, you won't be turned away. Food bank items needed include Hamburger Helper, canned green beans, tuna, ketchup, pie filling, jello, etc. There will be a flee supper for the kids. Hungry adults can eat for $2.00. Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as fresh cotton candy, courtesy of American Crystal Sugar Company. As in the past, there will be lots of fun games and the very popular Haunted Hallway. So, be there, if you dare. to Secondhand Smoke Submitted by Pembina County Health October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) and Pembina County Public Health are reminding people of the deadly link between secondhand smoke and SIDS. SIDS is currently the leading cause of death among infants 1-12 months old, and the third leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. "While the direct cause of SIDS is unknown, we do know that children who breathe secondhand smoke after they are born have an increased risk of dying from SIDS," said Katie Bentz, director of the SIDS program for the North Dakota Department of Health. "In addition to having your baby sleep on his back, other ways to reduce SIDS risk are by not smoking during or after pregnancy, never letting anyone smoke around your baby and offering a pacifier at all sleep times once breastfeeding is well established." Studies have shown that exposure to secondhand smoke can double the risk of SIDS and infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are three times more likely to die of SIDS. Health officials have cautioned about the dangerous link between secondhand smoke and SIDS for years, and now that warning extends to people who live in multi-family housing units. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study Continued On Page 6 " y Center, Past and Future by Carol Gardner The City has been using some of an inheritance from H,G. Johnson ( a local farmer) to pay the operational and maintenance expenses at the Community Center (also known as the H.G. Johnson Memorial Hall). All of the Johnson funds have been spent. The City must now find ways to keep the center open. With heating, electric, insurance, cleaning, routine maintenance, etc, the City must come up with about $8,000.00 per year to meet expenses. A little history on the Johnson Funds and the Community Center: In 1994, the City received funds from the Harold G. Johnson Estate. The funds were to be used for "general municipal purposes and worthwhile city projects as the City Council sees fit". The bulk of the funds were used to purchase the current city office and to recover from the almost disastrous 1997 Flood, including very high flood expenses, property buyouts and dike construction. The buyouts and dike have been crucial in making our nearly annual flood fights more efficient and effective. Without these protective actions, the community may not be prospering as it is, with confident residents and businesses building and developing for the future. In 2000, after RFR (Originals) moved out of the old city hall, the City decided to develop the building into a center that could once again be used for community events. The remainder of the H.G. Johnson funds were committed to that project, and the old hall was dubbed the H.G. Johnson Memorial Hall. A fitness center and a youth center occupied the building for a number of years. The center continues to be used for community events as well as private gatherings. It's also used as a tornado and blizzard shelter. Recent improvements at the center, such as the new roof and the wheelchair lift, have been paid for with grant funds and fundraising by the Oxcart Trails Historical Society and other volunteers. Thank you for your time and talent! The Johnson funds were not used for these very welcome improvements. The City Council is proposing a $2.00 per month charge on city utility bills to generate funds to keep the Center open. What do you thinkofthis idea? Please talkto your Council representatives about this proposal. Council representatives include Ardis Olson, Mark Prigge, Michael Larson, Randy Schuster, Kerri Van Camp, Scott Kraft and Jason Woinarowicz. Urgent Need for Local EMT's Drayton Ambulance is very urgently in need of EMTs, and they need you to consider "making the call" to join their upcoming EMT class. When family members or neighbors are stricken with a heart attack, asthma attack, choking, allergic reaction, or an accident, they need and deserve the immediate attention that only a hometown EMT can provide. We in Drayton will have to do this ourselves because nobody else is going to do it for us. Nobody. And that's why the ambulance service need you. Right now. But it isn't a one-way street. In exchange for getting someone through the worst day of his life, the EMT's rewards are great indeed. Not only do EMTs experience a "Helper's High" every time they respond to a call, but it is proven that people who offer regular acts of helping and caring and kindness are proven to be less stressed and more physically and mentally healthy--10 times more healthy--than their counterparts. An EMT gets a powerful dose of these healing factors on every call- -no exceptions. So, please "make the call" and step forward to help Drayton Ambulance help your neighbor. There's an important place for you on the team right now. No waiting. Please come try it-- you'll be glad you did. For a neat vide9, visit www., and for more information, please call Bill Tuttle 701-520-1486, Rob Boll 701-454-6103, or talk to any ambulance member today. Don't delay; class begins right away in November. Source: www.allanluks. com Options' Serves the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Options Center for Independent Living serves 14 counties in NE North Dakota, serving senior citizens and persons with disabilities from birth .to the end of life. Options' is a private, non- profit which does not charge a fee for its services. The mission of Options is to assist those individuals to live independently in the communities of their choosing and to eliminate barriers of architecture, attitude and communication from those environments. Options serves all disability types; physical and intellectual/;emotional. Some typical services include: *Free design of ramps or other home modifications *Assistance in seeking funding/resources for those modifications *Independent Living Skills; ie. Budgeting/money management, employment seeking skills, housing, medical equipment loaner program, self-advocacy, drivers training (written test) Continued On Page 6 Legion Auxiliary to Meet The Drayton American Legion Auxiliary will meet Thursday October 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Tisdale Manor dining room. Ox Cart Trails to Meet Quarterly Ox Cart Trails Historical Society meeting will be held Monday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. at Tisdale Manor Community room. Kelly's Sausage of the Week This week's sausage, or shall I say, sausages of the week are Kelly's Hot Rods. Little beef sausages, more commonly known as snack sticks. Kelly has em in three flavors. Regular, pepperoni beef. sticks, jalapeno with pepper jack cheese and or my favorite, beef stick with cheddar. Looking for more than a snack?Well, Kelly told me his folks like to cut them up and put them in scrambled eggs. Made me think scrambled eggs with the jalapeno/ pepper jack dosed in salsa would be good. The pepperonis scrambled with a little provolone cheese and topped with spaghetti sauce would be tasty or just the cheddar beef in scrambled. You can tell when I haven't had supper yet. Be good for omelets too, I'm thinking. Italian, Mexican or your basic Draytonian Omelet. Tell us about your sausage adventures. Goat Vs Otzi Researchers have found at least 19 genetic relatives of Otzi the Iceman, living in the Tyrol region of Austria. Why would this be at all interesting? Well, Otzi is about 5300 years old.His frozen body was found in the Italian/kips in 1991. Now, the Goat's not going to tell you everything about Otzi, you'll have to check him out yourself. Sometimes the Goat just likes to point folks in an interesting direction. Still Tune to Have Your Picture Taken Don't forget to come in anO have your picture taken with the first sugar beet that fell off a truck at the four way stop, at the very beginning of this year's beet harvest. Imagine the thrill of standing next to the beet and having your picture taken. A must for the family album. Wonderful memories for years to come. Great Christmas gift. No appointment necessary