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Volunteers at Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Care Center are putting their baking skills to work by making a variety of baked goods for the upcoming Autumnfest. St. Benedict's 17th annual Autumnfest is Saturday, Oct. 5, starting with a polka Mass at 10 a.m. "It's a time for the residents to invite people into their home," said activities director Bonnie Goldsberry. "This particular event enhances the quality of life for our residents in their day-to-day living." The Mass is followed by an ethnic meal featuring a variety of ethnic goodies.
The Badlands Quilters Guild have scheduled three days of classes, trunk shows, lectures, entertainment and meals during its 16th annual retreat Oct. 10-12 at Medora. "It's a weekend to get together to learn new techniques with new teachers, to reconnect with our quilting buddies who we may not have seen since the last retreat and to have a good time," said retreat chairman Vickie Loh, Manning. The retreat was held in various locations throughout the years, including Richardton and Dickinson.
When the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk pulled into the naval shipyard at Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 2, Quartermaster Third Class (Surface Warfare) Matthew Lenerville of Richardton was at the helm. The USS Kitty Hawk is scheduled for decommissioning after 47 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Lenerville said driving the ship for the last time was an awesome experience. "I'll never forget that. We had been driving -- myself and another master helmsman -- since midnight.
The Dickinson Trinity High School Fine Arts Department is offering an evening of delicious "sampling" from area food vendors during the annual TASTE. TASTE is an evening consisting of sampling and fine entertainment by students. This year's TASTE is Thursday, Oct. 2, in Trinity. The two sessions are 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. The proceeds assist the THS Fine Arts Department to obtain items that are not covered in their budgets. "Normally, we try to get one large piece of equipment per year," said Trinity music director Jeff Dasovick.
When Dorothy Kostelecky of Dickinson was injured in a fall this summer, she spent a month in the hospital and another two months in a nursing home. Although she had recovered from the injury, she still needed help in administering her medications, especially the insulin. Her family was uncertain what the next step would be.
The Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center is entering its 30th year of providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homeless families. This year, the United Way of Dickinson has an even more important role in helping to finance the agency because of decreases in federal funding. "We are asking for more assistance from United Way, cities and counties," said the center's Executive Director Darianne Johnson. "Federal funding will continue to be cut. We can't continue to count on those funds in order to survive.
The United Way of Dickinson has launched its 2008-2009 campaign with the theme of "Live United." "Our mission is 'United, we improve people's lives'," said Executive Director Jill Gregoire. Twenty-one agencies have requested funding for a total of $280,000.
Harvest Home, a division of the Dickinson's St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center Foundation, offers temporary housing to patients and their families while they receive medical care in Dickinson. Harvest Home was started in 1995 with a significant gift to the foundation. Since then, the home continues to rely on donations for operating expenses. One of its major benefactors is the United Way of Dickinson. Jon Hendrickson, Harvest Home committee chairperson, described Harvest Home as having a very warm and comfortable environment.
Have you ever wondered how your IQ compares to the general public? Put your brain to the test on Dickinson's first-ever Mensa National Testing Day. Mensa is the largest, oldest and most famous high-IQ society in the world. It is open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence test. Mensa International area coordinator Greg Kontz, Dickinson, has scheduled a Mensa test beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Fisher Industries.