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World War II pilot and Dickinson resident George Ott, 88, is capping his service as a veteran by joining the Forty and Eight Voiture Local 696. The induction ceremony is at 3 p.m. today in the Dickinson Days Inn-Grand Dakota Lodge. Forty and Eight was formed in 1920 by American Legionnaires as an honor society. Membership is by invitation only. The name is traced to World War I, when French boxcars carried American soldiers to the frontlines. These wartime boxcars held 40 men or eight horses. Ott has vivid memories of the boxcars.
Killdeer author Marcus G. Maher offers words of hope and encouragement through a quintet of children's books based on specific Scripture passages. The first published 20-page book is titled "The Little Cloud. The others remain in manuscript form. "Its message of hope targets kids ages 5-8 years, that God loves them more than they could possibly imagine and that He has a very special purpose for their lives," said Maher. In the story, Little Cloud feels so very small as compared to the powerful thunderstorms.
If it's snowing outside, Elizabeth Nelson likes to bring a little bit of the Caribbean into her home. As a native of Panama, Elizabeth prepares chicken sazon and a salad, using a mixture of spices common in her country. The spices are found in any American kitchen, such as allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme and onion. The one surprise ingredient is Cajun pepper. "Those are all easy for people to find," she said. Instead of grilling outside, sometimes she pulls out her grilling pan and prepares the chicken over the stove.
Dickinson's Deb and John Ballard were excited about the opportunity to purchase the Gladstone High School as their dream home. The school, which opened in 1928, features some 9,000 square feet of classrooms and a carpeted gymnasium. There's plenty of space for a home and a first-class apartment. But the adventure has come with some surprises. "I just found out we have to replace the roof," said Deb Ballard during a tour of the building. The old section of the high school also requires a new heating system. "It's not all heated yet. We're getting bids for alternative heat sources.
Dickinson's Harold Schnell is preparing to go deer hunting again this fall, a hobby he's enjoyed since his youth. This year, he and his wife Sue will carry two deer licenses into the field. If the hunt goes as planned, one deer is processed for their freezer. The other is to be donated to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program. "We're avid hunters. We have pheasant hunting going on right now," he said.
The St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center Foundation is hosting the 25th anniversary charity ball on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Dickinson Elks Club.
Everyone wants to wear a new gown to the charity ball, Christmas party, winter cruise or spring prom. Now's the chance to purchase a gown for a fraction of the cost through the second annual swap meet sponsored by the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. "We have over 100 dresses. We have dresses from size 2 to 2X. We have a lot of variety in our sizes this year," said center volunteer Rhonda Dukart. Anyone with dresses to donate may drop them off at Consolidated, Hair Ovations (across from Furniture City) and American Bank Center-downtown. The swap meet is from 9 a.m.
The "Friends of the Library" organization has a unique incentive for making a donation to support its work. When a person donates $25 or more, the individual may pick out a handmade knit scarf and receive a 2008 membership. "Friends of the Library" raises funds to help purchase items for the Dickinson Area Public Library. The majority of the money comes from the used book store "Twice Sold Tales," which is located south of the library. Since organizing in 1984, Friends has donated over $200,000 to the library. The most recent donation was $20,000 toward construction of the Friends Plaza.