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.......... r * - + 7O Thursday, November 10th, 2011 7D Cents The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 29 - Number 41 On their way to state competition, the DraytonSt. Thomas one act play cast and directors are pictured above. They are, from left to right, front row: Rachel Lee, Kalyn Woinarowicz, Brianna Wink, Jaylyn Larson, Melissa Fritz, Lexie Lee, Nicole Christinson, Emma Papenfus and Wayne Stegman. Second row: Tim Blawat, Josh Twamley, Karson Dahl, Grant Schumacher, Austin Lambert, Tyler Anderson, Nathan Aufenkamp, Ashlynn Betz and Kelton Karboviak Not pictured are new cast members Rebeka Landowski, Morgan Emanuelson and Paige Emanuelson. They will be replacing Missy Fritz, Lexie Lee and Nlchole Christinson, who will be off on a special trip to Spain, to practice their Spanish, during the state meet. Drayton/St. Thomas Drama Students Going To State Drayton and St. Thomas drama students took second place in last weeks region 3 one act play competition and as a result of their good work will be going on to state competition. The competition will be held in Grand Forks, November 21 st and 22nd. For the competition, the students performed "Competition Piece", a one act comedy by John S. Wells. The play was directed by Drayton teachers, Wayne Stegman and Rachel Lee. The play centers around two groups of students preparing to compete in a one act play competition. In addition to taking honors for the play, Karson Dahl and Lexie Lee received awards for 'J1 Region Superior Performance", meaning they finished in the top 8 of all other competing students. Wayne Stegman also received the "Director of the Region" Award. To add to the state challenge the cast has had to do a little re-tooling. Missy Fritz, Lexie Lee and Nichole Christinson will be in Spain that week and a long way from Grand Forks. Rebeka Landowski, Morgan Emanuelson and Paige Emanuelson are assuming their roles. No one is stressing over the changes as it's reported the new students are doing a great job. The cast will hold two pubic performances prior to going to state, both on Sunday November 20th. The play will be held at the Drayton School with performances at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The play is entertainingan{ do a great job, so the public is highly encouraged to attend one of the performances that day. Kaeden m. Rauser, Valley News and Views Kid of the Week Kaeden m. Rauser, this week's Kid of the Week, is a tittle particular about the letter "m" and says he'd like to farm when he grows up. He had an interesting choice of backgrounds for photo. Instead of the standard decorated wall for a background, he chose the long hallway He took on a farmer stance, with hands in pocket and with the hallway stretching out behind him he looked like he might have been standing in front of a freshly planted field. You'd think Kaaden m. Rauser, one of Ms Johnson's enthusiastic first graders, might be a little particular. For example, in the first twenty seconds of our interview, he informed me that I had spelled his name wrong on my interview form. It was spelled K-a-e-d-e-n, not K-a-d-e-n. Just as I was getting that one straight, he told me he'd like to have his name headlined as Kaeden, M for Mark, Rauser .... not just Kaeden Rauser. I misunderstood and said, Kaeden Mark Rauser. No, he said, Kaeden, "m" for Mark Rauser, with a small "m". He drew the "m" on the table with his finger. I wrote it out for him, but assumed his first grade letters might be a little off, so used a big "M" instead. Nope, it was still wrong. He insisted that he wanted the little "m", not the big "M". I told him that someone might sue me for using a small "m" inappropriately in a newspaper headline, but he didn't care. He wanted the small m. Why, I'm not sure, but I finally got it right. So you see, that's not a spelling error in the headline, that's exactly what the doctor ordered. Now, as I said above, you might think that's being a little particular, however, that really wasn't the case. I found that one of Kaeden's most admirable traits was his great sense of appreciation. I think the small "m" either had something to do with his appreciation for the little letter, or perhaps his own sense of style. Kaeden's mom Jen is a tay at home mom right now and hisstepdad,JordanPatterson, is one of the locked out sugar workers hoping to get back to work soon. He has two sisters, Hope and Cabrina (if I got it right, Hope is younger and Cabrina is older than Kaeden) and a younger brother named Chase. The family has no pets. Continued on Page 6 Old Fashioned Christmas DHS Annual Is Rapidly Approaching New Blood, New Ideas and Additional Volunteers Always Welcome Drayton's 24th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration, scheduled for Saturday December 3rd is rapidly approaching. The event features a large craft and vendor show with participants displaying their wares on the simulated streets of old Drayton. A fine meal, the traditional Tree of Lights Ceremony, a silent auction, and a visit from Santa Claus are also in the works, with the entire event broadcast live and world- wide, via the internet. Half the fun and all the work of the event is in the preparation, so if you or your organization has an idea or an event that can be added to the day's activities, you're more than welcome. Also, any volunteers that are willing to help with the current setup would be greatly appreciated. Some possible ideas for additional activities include, but are not limited to: kids events, bingo, religious aspects, music, entertainment, business promotions, etc. New items might also include such things as home tours, skits, caroling, decorating contests, outdoor activities, workshops for youth and/or adults.., you name it. We'll be organizing the setup and assignments as in past years. If you or your group would like to volunteer for something in particular, or add something new to the event please contact either myself at the Valley News: email valleynv@polarcomm. com or call 701-454-6333 or 701-360-3005. Or Rob Boll, email robbie@kodabank. com or call 701-454-3317 or 701-454-3817. You can also make contact via the Chamber Hotline at 701-454- FISH or email chamber@ draytonnd.com. Much More Information Pertaining to Old Fashioned Christmas can be Found On Page 6 of This Issue Sharing Their VNV With Elvis Hey, that's Thelma Fritz, above left, and my aunt Bev Jorde, sharing their Valley News and Views with the king himself, Elvis Presley. I'm supposed to call Bev and get the scoop for this picture which was sent to me by John Schumacher, however her line has been busy all evening. I do know that Bev and Thelma had been breaking the Casinos in Vegas and best I can tell this picture was taken outside the Elvis store in the Aria Hotel/Casino, at City Center complex in Las Vegas. Class of 2011 Update by K.C. Gardner On May 22 the DHS Class of 2011 became the ll5th graduating class in the school's history. Now, almost half a year later, let's see where they are. Cole Anderson and Grace Oberg are attending UND. Trista Heiser and Rebecca luhl are at NDSU. Karen Kliniske is a student at Mayville State University. Jeffrey Sapa and Brady Steenerson attend Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks. Tony Villarreal is at Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria, MN. Caity Bronson is working at the Drayton C-Store. Stacey VanCamp is working at the Drayton C- Store and is planning on attending nursing school in January. Stormylynn Larocque did work at the Drayton C-Store, but is now employed at Wally's in Grafton. She is also taking online courses. Thanksgiving Food Drive by K.C. Gardner The members of the DHS Student Council and the Drayton High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will sponsor their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at the school from Monday, November 14, to Friday, November 18. The non-perishable items will be donated to an area Food Bank for distribution before the holidays. All patrons who wish to donate can leave their items at the school. Medicare Part D Enrollment Session November 16th There will be a Medicare Part D Enrollment Session, on Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 9:00-3:00, at the Drayton Senior Citizen Center. Revel Sapa from Options Resource Center for Independent Living will be available to help people compare existing plans or enroll in new plans. Please bring all current medications and Medicare card. Drayton Christmas Website Activates This Week The Drayton Christmas website will be coming on line at the end of this week in preparation for the live internet broadcast of Drayton's Old Fashioned Christmas, December 3rd. The site will provide additional information for the upcoming Christmas event such as a vendor list, event schedule and the like; be streaming live equipment tests; providing Youtube videos, a guestbook for all to sign or pass on Christmas Greetings which will be passed on to all during the event. If you have something or someone you'd like to see in the broadcast or have additional ideas for it, let us know. Visit the site often, as new information will be added to it as we proceed toward the event, as well as he schedule for any broadcasts planned between now and Old Fashioned Christmas. If you're lucky, you might catch Spike the Mouse and Otis the Cat sparing one evening. The address for the website is www.draytonchristrnas.com. Spike the Mouse, the Official 2011 Christmas Mouse. The Goat Vs Hemingway Last week, the goat went up against none other than Earnest Hemingway himself. In his writing and real life adventures, Hemingway comes off to most folks as a pretty macho dude. However, the goat did a little digging and came up with an interesting picture of a little girl that we published last week and above. We asked you to mull over the connection between the picture and Hemingway. Turns out the little girl in the picture was actually Hemingway as a child. Seems Hemingway's mother, Grace, who might have been a little off balance in life, had always dreamed of having twins. When Earnest came along, he had a sister, Marcelline. She was 18 months older than him, but close enough in age for Grace to try making her dream a reality. Grace started dressing Earnest in lacey dresses and bows and in his early years passed him offas Marcelline's twin sister. Grace, who sometimes referred to the two children as her "Dutch dollies", even held Marcelline back a year at school so they both could be in the same grade. Hemingway didn't like it and had a lot of bad feelings toward his mom later in life. It appears that in an effort to overcome his experience of being the twin sister, as a youngster, Hemingway ended up leaning heavily toward the macho, becoming the person and living the life that most of us are more familiar with. Page 4