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DICKINSON - After serving six years as pastor of Dickinson's St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Rev. Dennis Schafer, 49, is preparing for his next assignment at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williston. Williston has only one Catholic church, a parish of about 1,000 families and an elementary school of grades K-6. Schafer's last day at Dickinson's St. Joseph's is June 22 with a farewell reception being planned. "It's hard to move, but I promised the bishop when I was ordained, I would go where he needs me," said Schafer. The Most Rev. Paul A.
Volunteers are the life force of many organizations in Dickinson. They might sell books at the library's used bookstore, make quilts in a church basement or distribute food at the community pantry. Their efforts are appreciated year-around, but the real celebration is in April, which is National Volunteer Month.
The Dickinson Trinity High School award-winning Concert Band is sharing the stage with two visiting music specialists during its upcoming ExtravaBANDza concert. The performance is at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28, in the Trinity auditorium. The band is under the direction of Jeff Dasovick and it recently tied for first place at the Regional Music Festival. Special guests include the former "President's Own" United States Marine band member and low brass specialist James D. Thornton of Dickinson. "Acceptance into this group is extraordinarily difficult.
An evening of fun and laughter is in store for the students who attend the 23rd annual Kiwanis After-the-Prom Party on Saturday, April 26, in Dickinson. "It's basically to give school students an opportunity to enjoy a safe evening of entertainment following the school prom activities," said Dorothy Schlabsz, committee member. "It's known that prom evening is one of the high-risk nights for students.
The Dickinson High School and Trinity High School classes of 2008 have an opportunity to celebrate their graduation with classmates during a fun-filled and safe activity. The DHS/THS After-Graduation Party is planned for Sunday, May 25, at an undisclosed location. "I think it's catching on more. The kids are realizing this is a fun night," said Darianne Johnson, an After-Graduation Committee member. "There are so many activities planned.
Dickinson's Trinity High School is presenting an evening of comedy when two student-directed, one-act plays take center stage. The performances of "Check Please" and "Help Wanted" are at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21, in the Trinity High School Auditorium. The performances are part of Trinity's Speech Night. "It provides the upperclassmen with an opportunity to direct, which helps them understand the process," said advisor Janel Schiff. "It's a little more relaxed. It's exciting to see new faces in the department.
The 500-plus students who are enrolled in the Dickinson Catholic School System are helping raise funds for their schools through the fourth annual "Race for Education." "Basically, it's an annual jog-athon where the students walk around the Titan football field for one hour on May 7," said development director Jesse Zyskowski. The students were asked to submit names of people they believe would help support the school system. "This year, 6,000 names were brought in. We sent out 6,000 mailers and as of today (Thursday), we have $30,000," said Zyskowski.
About 20 girls from Dickinson and New England joined in the fun at the Junior Girl Scout Badge Fair held Saturday at Hillside Baptist Church. The event was organized by area Girl Scout leaders. "We as leaders try to put on different events for girls locally -- to use local people to work with them," said leader Sharon Wallace.
Amateur magician Paul Steffes shared a little bit of his magic with the girls who attended the Junior Girl Scout Badge Fair on Saturday at the Hillside Baptist Church. After entertaining with several of his favorite tricks, Steffes let them vote on the trick they wanted to learn how to do. The program was part of the presentation to earn a puzzler badge. The girls were divided on which trick to learn -- was it the silver rings that were linked together or was it a card trick?