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PAGE 4 PRESS PERSPECTIVES MARCH 19, 2014 IIIII F I I I I II I I I III I I I1I ROM ?Hit EDITOR'S DESK... BY ALLISON OLIMB EPlTOR, WALSH COUNTY PRESS Confession: to the silver screen otherwise I love the theater. Fill, stage, would be using my imagination and whatever... I love watching it, I listening to recordings all day long. loved being a part of it. In school we had Missoula Chil- I blame the Disney musicals of dren's Theatre, which was only a old that I went to with my family. It week, but it was my week to be a was a treat being able to see them theater geek and have that moment singing on the big screen. When we in the spotlight. were older, it was stage shows at In college I went on to do more Disney World that amazed me with with the lead in a few shows in- a whole new world. I became ad- eluding a ghost story drama, "The dicted. Uninvited" and my favorite moment I knew who Idina Menzel was on the stage the female version of long before John Travoltabutchered "The Odd Couple" in which I her name at the Oscars. I knew who played the messy one. It was fabu- she was long before the "Frozen" lous. It was set in the 80s from the thrust her into the spotlight with the top of my very large, very red hair new top Disney song of this gener- to the bottom ofmy'O to 5" inspired ation. I fell in love with her vocal tal- pumps. ents when she hit the stage in the It took a bit to get over the initial Broadway musical "Wicked" I fear of auditioning but come open- knew the album forwards and back- ing night, I owned that stage. It was wards before I saw the stage show a way to break out of my own shell. at the Orpheum Theatre in Min- I can hardly remember to pick up neapolis. She was fabulous in milk at.the store or what day ofthe "Rent" as Maureen and I thank Hol- week it is, but hand me a monologue lywood for bringing that stage show somehow I can become someone else for a hour or two. It was one heck of a high. I was in "The Secret Garden," "Pippin, .... Annie Get Your Gun," and for the sake of Shakespeare I did get thrown in a corset for one of my favorites "Much Ado About Noth- ing." Don't ask me to recite any lines from the past because my brain has had to make way for other useless knowledge, but there is a part of me that still loves every minute of the magic. I've caught a random show here or there when I can whether it is a college production at the Universi- ty of Jamestown or a show in Grand Forks or Walhalla. I love the feeling of sitting in a room void of all other distractions and watching a story unfold in front of you. Stage or film, it is something that is hard to describe. It is that something special when you aren't thinking about work, or miss- hag planes in Asia, or even what you need to do tomorrow. I love the Lyric Theatre in Park River, but I never really noticed how much I needed it until it wasn't there anymore. We don't live in a cultural waste- land, but this isn't exactly New York City either. We often have to trav- el great lengths to take in something beyond television. While East Grand Forks has a fantastic movie theater, time is a luxury I don't have quite like I used to B.C. (before children). It used to be that I would run off to Minneapolis for a weekend, on a whim. Now, there are logistics in- volved. There are diapers and sip- py cups and bottles and changes of clothes that I have to plan out just to leave for a few hours. The longer the trip, the more complicated the packing. I can't even go to church without a blanket, a sippy cup, two diapers in either size, a package of wipes, one paci, and a handful of cars in my purse. There are theaters in Cavalier and Grafton, but when time is of the essence, proximity is key. I miss it. I never got to see "Frozen" when it was in the theaters, but I know the soundtrack forwards and back- wards. I have been waiting pa- tiently for my copy to arrive in the mail. And I take comfort in know- ing that when the next big Disney blockbuster comes around, I will be able to take my kids along with me to see it at the new Lyric. And hope- fully, they will fall in love just as I did with the magic.., that some- thing special. Like" the Walsh County Press on Facebook and check out our blog at http.'//walshcounty- press, wordpress.com Hello, I suppose a lot of you were glued to the TV a couple weeks ago as the Winter Olympics were being televised. I enjoyed some of it. I enjoyed the Gold Medal game in the women's hockey. I kind of like the luge. I'm kind of like the Jamaicans. I think I could learn to do that. And they say weight is an advantage going down a hill in a sled. I could win gold. Shirley likes the figure skating. Which takes me back a long, long time, to a country far, far away... All this talk about ice-skating, so Shirley and I decided to try it. I called into Watford tosee if we could use the hockey rink for our pair routine. They didn't think the ice was thick enough (Shirley and I are pretty healthy). So I took the loader tractor and scraped off thought we were probably safer with just overshoes on anyway. At least until we got a little practice in. Shirley was pretty nervous about our lifts and spins anyway. I assured her if those skinny little guys in tights could skate around with a woman held high over their head, I was pretty sure a 260 pound (remember this was written years ago) man would have no trouble. After several days of arguing, I finally convinced Shirley that the only thing that could save our mar- one. It was wilder than a New Hradec New Years Eve? Anyway, she was getting pret- ty tired, and I guess my grip was weakening. We were doing that thing where you swing the girl around with her head just about on the ice when my Handy Andy's on matching Carharts with black slipped offl Off the ice and over engineer caps. Black, lace up, the spillway she went? I tiptoed to boot overshoes adorned our feet. the edge and peeked over. All I Brand new Handy Andy gloves, could see was the south end of her with red and black neck kerchiefs - Carharts sticking out of a huge for a finishing touch. Wish you drift. I guess maybe I shouldn't could see a picture of this! Had one. Shirley destroyed it. Said it would be published over her dead body. She's part Irish you know. Out to the dam we went? Chained up the 4-wheel drive and drove right out on the ice. Had to get the pickup close so we could hear the radio. Achy-Breaky Heart have laughed. I'm just starting to see out of one eye the last few days. She made Tanya Harding look like one of the Andrews sisters? Now I'm trying to talk her into entering that Extreme Fighting thing that is so popular. But again, a spot' 0nthe ~;OUt on the flat., ria~'wlmttr~~r.:-.,~..,$Mrloy~had. ~':-goi~g to :take~0m,e ~iia~!~< i3y Extension Agent-ln-Traininc Katelyn Hain ,., sarnantan S6cict):__ P21tK RIVtR Happenings at Our Good Samaritan " Nannette Hoeger, Activities Dlr. What is happening the week of Mar. 16th -22nd: Sun. Mar. 16th 2:30 Worship w/Pastor Merchant, 3:30 Baking Cook- ies Mon. Mar.17th 10am Embroidery Grp, l:15pm Pen Pals, 3pm St. Patrick's Day Party, 6:45 Bingo Tues. Mar. 18th 10am Men's Time, Making Buns Weds. Mar. 19th Bingo at 3pm Thurs. Mar. 20th 2-4pm Book Sale 6:45pm Movie Night Fri. Mar. 21st 10:30 Nail Polish Time Sat. Mar. 22nd lpm Games, 2:30pm Bingo Please come join us for our Book Sale on Thurs. Mar. 20th. We have a lot of books for sale for only 25 cents each. We will have deserts avail- able as well. Thank You to all who donated books and deserts tothe sale. Thank you to all our volunteers: Pastor Merchant, Linda Larson, Shirley Soblik, Lois Ydstie, Arnold Braaten, Dorothy Novak, Pastor Hinfichs, Cor- nelia Wylie, Barb Ellefson, Corfinne Ramsey, Fr. Luiten, I hope I re- membered everyone that has come to help to make our residents life so much better each day, ifI forgot anyone I am sorry. If you have time or talent please call Rose Ulland at 701-284-7115 and see if we can get you started. t PtoveDt. Promote. Protect, Walsh County Health District Short Shots In 2010, one in 11 North Dakotans, 40 percent of whom are chil- dren, sought access to the charitable feeding network supplied by the Great Plains Food Bank. There are a number of programs available for people who do not have adequate resources to feed their families or themselves. SNAP-This is the supplemental nutrition assistance program. El- igibility for SNAP depends on things like the number of people in your household, income, and resources (cash, bank accounts, etc...). Income includes money earned from work. It also includes benefits like So- cial Security, unemployment and SSI. To apply for SNAP contact Walsh County Social Services or to determine if you are eligible go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental -nutrition-assistance- program-snap WIC-This is the Women Infants Children program. Pregnant women, infants and children through 5 years of age are eligible for the program if they meet income guidelines. To apply for WlC contact Walsh County Health District or go online to determine if you quali- fy at http://www.ndhealth.gov/wic/ Walsh County Emergency Food Pantry: The Walsh County Emer- gency Food Pantry is located behind St. Johns' Catholic Church in Grafton. The Great Plains Food Bank and local donations of food and money supply the foods for the Food Pantry. Anyone experiencing an emergency need for food can visit the Food Pantry which is open Mon- Thurs from 1-4pm. You will be asked to prove residency in Walsh Coun- ty, and to disclose some demographic information. Homeland Comm ee Tackles Christmas Issue "Okay! What is this business of chief alert officer who used the street another emergency meeting in the lights for his alert signals warning middle of winter?" pouted Holger the community about terrorists in the Danske as he slammed the storm area. door on the community hall where "Well, actually we got seven the town's 14 electors were con- poles and six lights because the one gregating for a crisis session of the over by the old blacksmith shop has- Homeland Security Committee. n't worked for two years," correct- "Yeahl"exclaimedEinar Stam- ed Madeleine Morgan, the new- stead. "We just had one in January comer who had lived in town for and didn't even get to the emergency only 15 years. crisis, whatever it was." "That's because nobody needs "We ought to pick up where we that light since the blacksmith fam- left off and decide whether or not to ily moved to Beulah 13 years ago," light the stove to get a little heat in Old Sievert explained. "There has- this place," teased Josh Dvorchak. n't been anybody to complain about Chairperson Ork Dorken banged the dark." his coke bottle on the make-shift "A 6-foot cane would be an im- head table, consisting of an old hol- provement in that part of town," not- low-core door. "Nonsense!" he exclaimed firm- ed Little Jimmy, the only elector too young for Social Security. He was ly. "This time we have to tackle this taking college on-line with a major emergency crisis or quit meeting." in archeology while his folks joined "I am sure there are more options the Klondike gold rush. than just two," opined Orville Jor- "I 'spose we could put up another dan, the retired railroad depot agent, pole so we would have eight but that "Let's stick to the subject," Ork would be a big drain on our town demanded. "Dorsey Crank is the one who felt that we ought to have this budget," Holger surmised. crisis meeting." "Maybe we could have a special Dopey stood up to address the property tax levy for economic de- group. He was nervous, never hav- velopment because it would create ing spoken to such a large audience a job for a day or two," Little Jim- before, my offered. "I was over to Sadburg for New "If we're doing economic de- Years and heard that the town was velopment, we need to keep our tax- going to dissolve and sell the eight es low to attract business," Garvey 6-foot canes that decorated main lectured. He had been to a county street every Christmas and I thought meeting where he heard that busi- we might want to buy them seeing hess would flock to any city with as how we don't have anything that low taxes. sensational in our town," Dorsey ex- "Besides," he added, "the town's plained in one long sentence and sat property valuation is so low that it down. would take at least 100 mills to get "What would we do with eight 6- the money." foot canes?" snorted Old Sievert. "Let's stick to the subject," Ork He wasn't much for gaudy ordered. "Do we want the Christmas Christmas decorations. He still canes or not?" used live candles on his genuine tree. "A tax increase is a serious deal," The rural fire department was called cautioned Josh. "Let's have a com- to his place at least twice every mittee of some sort to study this is- Christmas season, sue." "We could hang 'em on our Instantaneously, at least five street lights,,' Dorsey suggested, electors seconded the proposal and "But we got only seven street everyone hustled for the door. lights," protested Garvey Erfald, the Ork had lost control again. Extension Exchange Do research: You may have noticed an in- sometimes gluten can be "hid- crease in the gluten-free products den" in foods or medications. at your grocery store. You may not realize that certain According to Packaged Facts, products could have gluten in the market in 2012 for gluten- them. free products totaled $4.2 billion Here are some producers that and is expected to reach $6.6 bil- may contain gluten: lion by 2017. Envelope adhesive Consumers are more aware of Cosmetics (lipstick, lip gluten and celiac disease, so the balm) demand for these products is ris- Personal care items (tooth- ing. The Food and Drag Admin- paste, mouthwash) istration (FDA) recently Sauces and gravies developed standards for food la- Communion wafers bels and using the slogan Read food and product labels "gluten-free" on packaging, carefully and do your research to We see and hear the words find out which foods contain "gluten-free" all around us, but gluten. If you or someone you what is gluten, anyway? know follows a gluten-free diet, It's a protein found in wheat, a dietitian or doctor can help you rye, barley and some oats. Those know what to look for on a label. with gluten intolerance or celiac Those with celiac disease also disease must avoid gluten in their need to be careful about what diets. Gluten-free diets are not comes in contact with their food recommended for the general because gluten can transfer from public but are critical in manag- surface to surface and contami- ing celiac disease and gluten in- nate otherwise gluten-free food. tolerance. Using a separate toaster and Celiac disease is diagnosed other cooking equipment, as well through blood tests and an intes- as separate containers of com- tinal biopsy, or taking samples of monly used foods such as jelly, tissue in the intestinal wall. Talk peanut butter and mayonnaise, is to your doctor if you are experi- essential for those on a gluten- encing symptoms or before start- free diet to avoid cross-contami- ing any new diet. nation with gluten-containing Determining that a food is not foods and products. gluten-free is easy if it contains wheat, rye or barley as the main Sources: ingredient. For example, celiac Leah Haak, NDSU dietetic intern Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension patients know they should avoid food and nutrition specialist wheat pasta and rye bread.. But www.celiac.org ...... : { { { d the Walsh County Extension Office Park River - 701-284-6624 New Agent Training in My name is Katelyn Hain and believe it's important for all ages I am the new Agriculture and to understand where food comes Natural Resources Agent-in- from and how we get it- from the Training at NDSU Extension Serv- nutrients a plant gathers from the ices-Walsh County. I am new to soil, how it grows, to how it gets the area and looking forward to getting acquainted with the com- on our plates. A great way to do munity over the next 12- this is through hands on learning, 18months. I grew up in the small and by celebrating the food and town of Chatfield, MN located in crop that we are able to grow fight the very South East comer of the here in our area, and celebrating state. After graduating High the business of it as well. I have School, I moved to Menomonie, worked on projects aimed at im- WI where I attended the Univer- plementing locally grown food sity of Wisconsin-Stout earning a into school systems through au- Bachelor of Science degree in diting food services and inter- Environmental Science with a viewing food service managers on Plant Science concentration. I have background in plant physi- best practices. I'm hoping that I ology, plant pathology, soil sci- can share some of my knowl- ence, ecology, and so on. While edge with your community while I was in Menomonie, I joined also learning much from you. AmeriCorps, serving a year term There is no doubt in my mind at UW Extension-Dunn County. It that I have excellent mentors here was here that I became passionate in the Walsh County office that I about working directly with corn- will continue to learn so much munities to help enhance learning from. I'm excited to be here and partnerships and the lives of the I look forward to meeting others youth and adults within. I believe in the community and being of everyone can benefit from Exten- service to you. sion Services, as it is a communi- ties' direct access to research and In my free time, I like to cook, information that is quite often read, and continue to enjoy the evolving and changing, outdoors. I like to ski, hike, camp, Another passion of mine is fish, garden, bike, and am always working with local food security, looking to try and learn something and the local food movement. I new. March 24 Dates to Remember: Pesticide Recertification. 6pm- Walsh County Extension Office- Park River April 4 Farm Program Meeting. lpm - Walsh County Extension office- Park River April 21 Pesticide Certification/Recertification. 9am-3pm - Walsh County Extension Office- Park River Farm Program information with Dwight Aakre NDSU Farm Management Specialist. He will be presenting on the new Farm Program. He will explain how to evaluate your options and he will help you understand which options make the most sense for your farm. Seating limited to 40people. RSVP at Bradley.Brummond@ ndsu.edu. Those who register will have a seat, up to 40.