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Hens Do Crow – July 22, 2016

Richard Bradbury and Bill Anderson returned to Rutland on Friday afternoon, July 15, at the conclusion of a 5-day trip to Rapid City, South Dakota, and the Black Hills.  Richard visited at the Warren Ranch, southeast of Rapid City, and he & Janet toured the Black Hills and surrounding communities from Monday through Thursday.  Bill attended a reunion of Marines he had served with in Vietnam back in 1970, in Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.  The Marines headquartered their gathering at the Ram-Kota Best Western Motel, and also toured many of the sites & sights of interest in the Black Hills, including the Wildlife Loop tour in Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse sculpture, and Mount Rushmore, among others.  On Tuesday evening they enjoyed a banquet at the Rapid City Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) Club.  Included in those present were: retired U. S. District Court Judge William Downes of Castle Rock CO; Dale Wilson of Charlotte NC, who lost both legs and an arm in combat in the An Hoa Basin on February 19, 1970, and went on to be recognized as “Man Of The Year” by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in 2010; John Cronin of Long Island NY, who was severely wounded during a fire fight on February 20, 1970; and, the two Marines who displayed great courage and skill under fire to save John Cronin’s life, Glen Nelson of rural Mobile AL and Medical Corpsman Paul Baviello of Carona CA.  Veterans from across the country attended the reunion, with the States of Washington, Oregon, California, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama being among those represented.  The Delta Company Band of Brothers is planning to meet again next Summer in Pigeon Forge TN, the hometown of country singer Dolly Parton and the site of her theme park, “Dollywood.”  Richard & Bill report that the area around the Black Hills has been starved for rain this Summer, and that conditions there are very dry.  There have been several fires in the Black Hills that were started by lightning from thunderstorms that produced fire, but no water.

Corporal Jacob T. Hoyle USMC, a family friend of one of the Marine veterans from North Carolina, heard about the reunion scheduled for this past week, and wanted to do something special for the Marines who would be gathered in Rapid City.  Cpl. Hoyle is currently serving with a Marine Corps unit in the Pacific, and he sent a very special gift for each of the Marines attending the Rapid City reunion.  On the evening of Wednesday, July 13, each of those in attendance was presented with a small glass jar containing sand from Red Beach One on the island of Iwo Jima, the scene of one of the bitterest, bloodiest battles of World War II.  Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of U. S. Forces in the Pacific during the war, said of the Marines on Iwo Jima, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”  Nearly half of all of the Medals of Honor awarded to Marines during World War II were awarded for heroism on Iwo Jima. The Marines sustained nearly 26,000 casualties, almost 7,000 of them killed in action.  All but a handful of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers defending the island were killed in action.  For Marines, the sand of Iwo Jima is holy ground, sanctified with the blood of the U. S. Marines who fought there.  Cpl. Hoyle gathered the sand from Red Beach One on February 16, 2016, 3 days ahead of the 71st anniversary of the Marines’ landing there on February 19, 1945.  No one, other than the Marines who were there, can understand what it was like on Iwo Jima during February and March of 1945.  Those who have worn the uniform and fought for this country at other times in other places can empathize with those who were there, but only they know what it was like.  Bill’s little jar of sand from Iwo Jima is prominently displayed in a place of honor.

Many area residents attended the Rutland-Cayuga District Rural Fire Department BBQ supper on Saturday, July 16, to visit with friends and family and to be in the drawing for the door prizes.  It seems the Woytassek’s almost had the run on the prizes this year.  The big winners were:  Katy Woytassek, $25.00 Lariat Bar gift certificate; Jerry Woytassek, $25.00 Jake’s Feed & Seed gift certificate; Gary Thornberg, $25.00 Rutland Oil Co. gift certificate; and, Bill Woytassek, fire extinguisher.  The supper meal of pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, chips and bars was catered by Bert Siemieniewski.  Tickets are also being sold for a cash raffle, but that drawing will be held at Uffda Day so there is still plenty of time to purchase chances on the big money.

On Wednesday, July 20, members of the Rutland Raiders 4-H Club met with other Clubs to set-up and decorate at the Fairgrounds for the 93rd Annual Sargent County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days.  Exhibit shelves were readied and decorations were hung with care in anticipation of the 4-H member projects and displays that will be entered.  Club members interview with judges Friday morning and the static exhibits will be displayed for fairgoers to peruse at the Fair through Sunday afternoon.

This weekend the Sargent County Fair has something for everyone all weekend: Friday activities start with the 4-H judging in the morning and the Rodeo and Dance that evening; Saturday is the pie and ice cream social, canvas painting, demolition derby and street dance; Sunday’s wrap-up activities include the 4-H Premium sales, canvas painting, the new Supercross Races and, as always, the Sargent County Queen Pageant.  Come on out to the Fair for fun, camaraderie, and to support the Queen Candidates, and, especially, Rutland’s candidate Alisha Zirnhelt.

On Monday, July 25th, head back to Forman for the Four Seasons Villas Open House from 4 to 7:00 p.m.  This is an opportunity to view the newly constructed assisted living facility with 12 apartments and a beautiful commons and entry area. The facility will be opening

Start saving your donations for the Rutland Rockets Relay for Life freewill garage sale which will be held Saturday, August 13, at the Rutland Town Hall.  The Rockets will be soliciting donations of your cast-off clothing, furniture and household items for their fundraiser as part of the Junk Fest/Ribfest activities.  Contributions will be accepted early that week so it’s time to start setting aside lightly worn and used items in working condition for a good cause.

This year’s Entertainment Unlimited production will be held August 19th and 20th according to Director Diane Smith.  The Rutland Rockets fundraiser and use of the Hall will prevent the youth play from being presented on the 13th as previously reported.

Dale McLaen has moved – or actually his house has moved.  On Tuesday, the house was off the foundation and moved west to the northwest corner of Section 13 in Rutland Township ready to roll out the next morning.  Early Wednesday, the house moved to the Cameron & Jenny Gulleson farm 1½ east of Rutland, on the NE¼ of Section 29 in Ransom Township and set on its new cement foundation.

Well, that’s it this week from Rutland. Back to Bill next week!

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