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The Dickinson State University Theatre Dept. is presenting "The Lady of the Camellias," from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 in the DSU Backstage Theatre. This passionate, romantic play was written by Alexander Dumas and adapted by Sean Graney. Film lovers know the story as Greta Garbo's "Camille" and opera buffs as Verdi's "La Traviata." The play tells the story of the beautiful Marguerite Gautier, a consumptive courtesan with a heart of gold living in the glittering decadence of 19th century Paris.
Dickinson Trinity High School students applied their training as peer ministers to present a mini-retreat for sixth graders at Trinity Elementary East and West. At the invitation of the schools' principal Sister Dorothy Zeller, the team of 14 seniors talked about relationships among students. The topics started with formal presentations, followed by break-out sessions for boys and girls. Senior Daniel Carr said the students talked about everyday issues such as gossiping and bullying. "I think we as seniors have great importance to the younger kids.
Mackenzi Hecker and Kiah Jahner are among the youngest volunteers helping the Stark County Unit of Salvation Army. The girls are ringing the bells today with their grandmother, Jane Heiser. "Sometimes, we give the kids candy canes," said Hecker, who is volunteering for the third season. Jahner is volunteering for the first time. "This is our annual bell ringing fundraiser. It's where most of our money for the year comes," said unit member Nancy Hanel. Last year, the Stark County Unit raised $13,000 toward its operating goal of $15,000.
Dickinson's LeRoy Boespflug and his wife, Jean, are celebrating Thanksgiving this year with special gratitude for life and health after dealing with a mysterious illness that left him incapacitated for months. Boespflug retired from the Dickinson Public Schools central administration office in 2003. Jean retired as a learning disabilities specialist, most recently from Hagen Junior High School. "I was always very active. I exercised. I felt it was an investment you make for the future.
The third-grade students in Lois Christensen's room at Dickinson Jefferson Elementary School practice their Spanish-speaking skills every Wednesday. "Gracias," the students said when they received pencils for the daily assignment. They quickly learned the Spanish word for pencil is "la'piz." The Spanish vocabulary is taught by Dickinson High School Spanish V students Grace McKirdy and John James.
Clarence Corneil, Dickinson, was recently appointed as the North Dakota Retired Teachers Association (NDRTA) representative to the North Dakota AARP Executive Council. The appointment is to further build coordination and collaboration between the NDRA and the AARP state offices. Corneil said the appointment is part of the national AARP's directive to have a retired teacher represented on each council. He said the executive council's next meeting is Nov. 29-30 in Bismarck. "Right now we're talking about legislation.
Austin and Ann Pavlicek, Dickinson, have the assurance their newborn son, Adam, has normal hearing. Adam was screened for hearing defects after his birth on Oct. 23, 2006, in BabyKind at Dickinson's St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center. The parents, who also have a 3-year-old daughter Abbey, appreciated the service. "It tells us he's hearing good," said Ann. The hospital is participating in the North Dakota Early Hearing Detection Program. The program is implemented by the North Dakota First Sounds Project. "All the hospitals in the state are doing this screening.
The students at Dickinson's Trinity High School have a voice on the issues involving campus life. Student Voice is an organization of students which serves as an intermediary between students and the administration. "Basically, it's to make our school more positive. We bring concerns of our fellow students to the administrators and teachers," said Amy Grinsteinner. Trinity also has a Student Council, which is elected by the student body.
The students of Dickinson's Trinity Elementary Schools East and West have a new set of playground equipment to use during recess time and physical education classes. The equipment is part of a Carol White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant awarded to the Bismarck Diocese Catholic schools. The $448,506 grant was awarded over a three-year period.