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Eight youth and one adult were introduced to the Ukrainian art of pysanky -- decorating Easter eggs -- during a workshop held March 13 at the Ukrainian Cultural Institute, Dickinson. The class was taught by Ruth Radebaugh, who learned the art during a similar workshop in 2002. "I found something I like to do and I have been decorating Easter eggs -- pysanky -- ever since," she said. Radebaugh has been passing on the tradition to students in area schools, UCI workshops and Ukrainian Dance Association workshops. "It's to preserve the pysanky tradition," said Radebaugh, who works as a UCI as
Ali Jangula, 17, a junior at Dickinson High School, watches her diet for anything that contains gluten. "I have juice, a pumpkin chip muffin and yogurt in the morning," she said. "I never eat school lunches. I take my own lunch." If she were to eat anything with gluten -- contained in wheat, barley and rye -- she will become ill. "Even the smallest little bite, and I will usually get a headache.
People recycle bottles, plastic, newsprint and tires -- but light bulbs? Evelyn Wehner of Dickinson uses light bulbs for her crafts -- turning them into miniature Santas, snowmen, turkeys, elves, Easter bunnies, spiders, pumpkins and penguins. "I first started painting on gourds -- we planted them on our son's farm," she said. She ran out of gourds about the time her husband, Richard, was changing light bulbs. "It got me to thinking that I can use them -- they were about the shape of the gourds.
Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 1515 have initiated a novel way to raise funds for their projects -- the first annual Home Brewers' Beer Taste. "I guess I'm the brainchild behind the project," said Paul Ellerkamp, council member and a home brewer. "I've always wanted to do it on a bigger scale; so I figured, well if I do it, I needed the manpower and why not make it into a fundraiser to help people." The beer taste starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at St. Patrick's Garvin Hall.
The Southwest Coalition of Safe Communities recently received a $1,570 grant from the regional office of State Farm Insurance. The donation was made through Safe Communities Coalition member and State Farm agent Todd Otto of Dickinson. Becky Byzewski, Safe Communities coordinator, used the grant to purchase several child car seats, materials for the driver's education program and rental of SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience) -- a battery-powered vehicle that simulates the effects of impairments from alcohol on a motorist's driving skills. The donation was made because of State Fa
Members of Girl Scout Troop 86101 finished a community service project that has earned them a Bronze Award. The project -- Suitcases for Kids -- involved decorating suitcases and filling them with pajamas, fleece blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste and toys for the children enrolled in the foster care program. They delivered the suitcases to the Stark County Social Services for distribution on Tuesday. The girls started collecting donated suitcases last May and have worked on them throughout the year, said Chris Kleinwaechter, co-leader.
The Trinity High School Drama Department is presenting Robert Fulghum's "All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten." The performances are at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 15 in the high school auditorium. The play could be described as a celebration of life, said Director Janel Schiff. "It offers the audience moments of insight and lighter moments to laugh at the 'flaws of mankind'," she said.
A wish is coming true for Anthony Bren, 17, of Dickinson, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota. Bren, a junior at Dickinson High School, is in remission for Ewing's Sarcoma, a tumor that started in his muscle tissue and metastized into the lungs. "It attacks teenage boys mostly and is fast-growing.