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Hens Do Crow – November 17, 2017

The November 5-6, 2017, WDAY Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., included one of Rutland’s own residents, Gwen Young. Gwen joined the Army in 1941 after graduating from Rutland High School.  She eventually worked as a stenographer in General Eisenhower’s Allied Command Headquarters in Algiers, Africa. Gwen flew with 89 fellow veterans to D.C. where they visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam and World War II memorials and the national archives. It was a whirlwind 36-hour trip, but it was an emotional experience for all the veterans that helped make Veterans Day 2017 even more meaningful.

Sargent Central School Students hosted a Veteran’s Day Program on Thursday, November 9th attended by twenty-one veterans, men and women, and their families and friends. Roger Pearson, Larry Christensen, Ted Lee and Tom Manley of the Rutland American Legion, Bergman-Evenson Post #215, served as the Color Guard. The large crowd gathered for the event were entertained by musical talent, poems, and readings by Sargent Central students.  Following the program, guests and their families enjoyed cookies and lemonade provided by the Family and Consumer Science classes.

Saturday, November 11, was Veterans Day and there were several programs in the area. In Rutland, eight people attended the flag retirement ceremony held at the Bergman-Evenson Post #215. That evening, thirty-two individuals, veterans and their family, attended the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary #215 Soup and Sandwich supper. Homemade soup, sandwiches and bars are always enjoyed as well as the time spent with fellow veterans. The Auxiliary held the raffle for the beautiful quilt donated by Kathy Brakke. Post Commander Larry Christensen drew the winner from hundreds of tickets and the lucky winner of the quilt was Gwen Young who is spending the winter in Arizona. The Auxiliary sold tickets as a fundraiser/contribution to the City for the recently installed sidewalk on the North side of Gay Street.

The Rutland American Legion Auxiliary worked with Sargent Central School teachers, grades 2 through 5, for the annual Poppy Poster Contest. At the Veterans Supper, veterans were able to vote for their favorite poster submitted by students in two categories, Grades 2-3, and Grades 4-5. When the votes were tallied, the winners were announced:  Grades 2-3 were 1st place Brody Mahrer, 2nd place Kyara Nelson, and 3rd place Hudson Bergh. The winners in Grades 4-5 were 1st place Maya Bauman, 2nd Devin Halling and 3rd James Throener. Congratulations to the winners and thank you for honoring the Veterans.

Pastor Curt Larson and his wife, Renee, drove to their winter abode in Mesa last week. They have already attended the snowbird gathering and sent news of the event: “The first Sargent County 2017-18 winter season gathering was held at the Golden Corral on Monday, November 13, 2017. Even though many Sargent County residents have not yet arrived in Arizona, those present had fun getting reacquainted. Present this month were: Al Ciota and Clarice Ordahl; Orvis and Alphie Pearson; Gwen Young; Harold Young; Curt and Renee Larson. We gather at the Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ on the second Monday of each month, November-April. The suggested time is 9:00am, although some come earlier, others a little later. Any new winter visitors from the Sargent County communities are more than welcome to attend…even if you are here a few weeks or a few months. Weather here has been in the 80’s recently, a welcome relief for summer residents who said this past summer was one of the hottest on record.  Some year-around residents don’t welcome the winter visitors or as previously called “snowbirds.” With increased traffic and full parking lots, some would rather we stay in North Dakota. In fact, one upset motorist in a huge jacked up pickup truck, yelled out his window at me, “Why don’t you go home!” My argument has always been, “If it wasn’t for us snowbirds, some of your restaurants and stores would be closed, taxes would be sky high and you would be out of a job.” It’s kind of funny, because many who now complain about the traffic, etc., were also snowbirds at one time and now live here full time. Well, that’s the news from sunny Arizona. I hope to see more here next month at our gathering, which will be on Monday, December 11. Until then, keep smiling!”

There are only thirty-days until Christmas so it’s time to get shopping. Small Business Saturday is coming on Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The Old Parsonage in Rutland will be open November 25th – and every weekend through December 23rd for those who want to do some small business shopping and find those unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for those hard-to-buy-for individuals.

The Rutland Community Club will host its annual Santa Day in Rutland on Saturday, December 9, at Rutland City Hall. Activities will be 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. with Santa expected to arrive at 5:00 p.m. Come enjoy the food and activities for the entire family.

Check out pictures and other announcements from Rutland on our Facebook Page. Next week Bill returns.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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