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The United Way of Dickinson is asking citizens to open their hearts and their wallets in response to this year's campaign appeal. United Way has collected $171,000 as of Thursday, which is 61 percent of goal, said Executive Director Jill Gregoire. "We're starting to wrap it up," she said. Gregoire said the 46th annual United Way campaign was launched the end of August on behalf of 20 non-profit organizations. Based on their requests, the goal is $280,000.
The Dickinson Trinity High School junior class is presenting the "Living Nativity" -- a musical and dramatic performance that will focus on the real message of Christmas. The performance is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the THS auditorium. "There's music and acting. The choir will be singing, along with different soloists," said volunteer director Dana Kostelecky. The choir is directed by THS music specialist Jeff Dasovick. The script was written by Jesse Zyskowski, who initiated the program several years ago. The idea was for each upper class to do a religious production.
Dickinson's Trinity High School is teaming up with Trinity elementary students and community members to present its annual Christmas concert titled "O Holy Night." The concert is at 3 p.m.
Arts on the Prairie is looking for talent -- be it dancers, vocalists, musicians or even magicians. Everyone who wants to showcase their talent is encouraged to participate in the first "Dickinson's Got Talent" competition. Starting Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, contestants compete every Thursday at Dickinson's Prairie Hills Mall. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the auditions follow at 7 p.m.
The Stark County Chapter of the American Red Cross has just received a new shipment of winter survival kits. The kits are a way to take care of yourself if faced with an overnight stay inside a vehicle, said Shirley Kallenbach, Stark County Chapter CEO. "I think most people don't go out prepared," she said. "Take blankets and first aid kits along. Take a winter survival kit.
Heather Nelson's dream of a lifetime came true when she was awarded a Cherished Hopes grant. The award enabled her to publish a collection of poetry and original artwork titled "Offerings" as a gift to family and friends. Nelson, 22, has been living in Dickinson's St. Luke's Home since March of 2006. She was born with a rare muscle disease and requires skilled nursing care. However, this hasn't prevented her from pursuing her love of writing and painting. "Because of this disease, I have had to overcome many limitations and obstacles.
Dickinson High School students and community members have responded in a big way to the DHS speech team's request for animal shelter supplies. "We collected dog and cat food, bedding, blankets, towels, litter, toys and treats," said Leslie Wilkie, speech team coach. The speech team sponsored the two-week drive in response to needs from the Pet Project Humane Society Inc. and Oreo's Animal Rescue. "I was aware of their need for supplies and also in lieu of information that the city was putting down animals.
Dickinson State University nursing students and faculty were given insights into family health care and the role of nurses in the Russian Federation through an exchange program with the Krasnoyarsk State Medical University in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The guests were Dr. Tatyana Kamaeva, gynecologist and chairman of the Department of Higher Nursing Education; Dr. Ekaterina (Katia) Zorina, family practice and nurse faculty; Natalia Uskova, nursing student; and Anton Evmenenko, medical student. They were accompanied by interpreter Dr.