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Participants in the SilverSneakers Fitness Program stretch, reach and lift weights. As heart rates start rising, certified instructor Rudie Peters yells "Stampede!" Running is simulated, while everyone remains seated in their chairs. The chairs are used for support during exercises in the newest class offered at Dickinson's West River Community Center. SilverSneakers is a national exercise program designed for the health and physical needs of older adults.
Students who attend Dickinson Lincoln Elementary School race to the new playground equipment during recess time. They run up the stairs or climb the ropes to go down the slides, only to race back up again. The playground equipment was made possible through a fundraising campaign by the Lincoln Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).
Several members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) have made it their life's mission to keep children warm and cozy with their homemade quilts. RSVP acting director Diane Pommerer and two volunteers recently donated the RSVP quilts to children enrolled in the Dickinson Redeemer Lutheran Preschool. While celebrating Pajama Day, the children picked out favorite quilts and soon were snuggled into the blankets. "The quilts are all donated.
The administrator of Dickinson's Hope Christian Academy is leaving at the end of his contract year on June 30. Tim Privratsky also said this week his replacement is Ron Dazell, the current principal at Richardton-Taylor High School. "I made the decision back in June this would be my final year as administrator at Hope Christian," said Privratsky. "I informed the board early enough to find a replacement and to be of assistance in the process." "It was time for me to move on. I do not have definite plans.
Guests are invited to a surprise birthday party for one of Broadway's biggest stars, Dan Dapper. Before the end of the evening, a murder is committed and the guests help solve the mystery. The Dickinson Public Schools Foundation and the Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge are presenting the murder mystery dinner theater titled "Broadway Babylon" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17.
Elementary students at the Hettinger Public School practice reading aloud with volunteers from the community. "Parents, grandparents and members of the community come in to listen to the kids. This is why our kids are so good at oral reading by the end of the year," said first grade teacher Sandy Marion. Teachers Krista Warbis, grade 2, and Gwynne Smith, grade 3, also have volunteer listeners. "They do it different days and may do it differently in each class," said Marion. The reading program was started by Celie Buckmeier back in the 1980s.
Students practice their social skills through an after-school program titled "Building Up Great Skills." The program, better known as BUGS, is sponsored by the Badands Human Service Center. "It's a social skills building group for children," said BUGS coordinator Karen O'Brien. The United Methodist Church provides the facilities for the after-school gatherings of students ages 6-13. Transportation is provided as needed. The program's intent is to help youth acquire emotional tools and communication skills through positive interactions.
As a pastor's wife, Louise Wood enjoys hosting Sunday dinners and participating in social gatherings. "We entertained a lot when the girls were home. Every Sunday we'd have somebody from church," said Wood. Her husband, Gary, is pastor of two churches in Taylor. Previously, he served a church in Mott and then Dickinson's Evangelical Bible Church. Wood has collected ethnic recipes while serving at the various churches.
The Bowman Regional Public Library offers more than the latest best sellers and Internet service. The library is becoming the region's showcase of local art. Library Director Sarah Snavely describes the library as a community living room, where books and art are incorporated into one setting. A sculptor by profession, Snavely accepted the part-time director's job in May 2006. "We moved from a 1,400-square foot building into this building of over 6,000 square feet. I was the project director for that move.
The Dickinson Catholic Schools are joining in the nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 28 to Feb.