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Jerry Tuhy warmed up his arm by throwing a spare and then a strike. That’s all he needed to start bowling with the Classic Senior League. Over the years, one goal has evaded him -- bowling a perfect 300 game, that is until Dec. 17. Jerry bowled his first 300 with his teammates cheering him on.
SilverSneakers is a health and fitness program for seniors wishing to stay fit. Just ask the “regulars” who come for classes at the West River Community Center. “We all have beautiful bodies -- we want to make sure we keep them that way for another year,” said Carol Beckert. “It’s the same reason for me -- trying to stay healthy, trying to stay active,” said Irene Heidt.
The Mommy and Me classes are unlike any others at the West River Community Center. While the group fitness leader calls out exercises, the toddlers are playing with the apparatus, getting a “pony ride” on their mother’s back or lifting their own weights. Krystal Irwin, who is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, is certified in pregnancy and postpartum fitness coaching.
Imagine trying to pass a basketball while riding a donkey. Or better yet, imagine trying to hit the basketball hoop. That’s the challenge when four teams from South Heart will participate in the Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show. The fun begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in the South Heart gymnasium.
Backpack Program volunteers of various ages scurried around the basement of St. John’s Lutheran Church on Dec. 19, filling bags with extra food for the Christmas break. “We try to pack them as full as we can without making them too heavy,” said Backpack Program coordinator Kristin Seaks. “Basically we want to stretch the food as far as it can go during the Christmas break. The children will get their regular food pack and lots more supplemental items tonight.”
The anticipation was finally over for the congregation of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dickinson. Not only did they celebrate the birth of Jesus, but Fr. Keith Streifel saved the unveiling of the new altar until Christmas Eve Mass. Word was out that St. Joseph’s was to receive the high altar from the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church that had closed at Donnybrook. It was installed a couple of weeks ago, but had been covered with a cloth until the proper moment.
The aroma of garlic toast drifted from the kitchen at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Garvin Hall, offering a hint of what was being served for dinner at the Welcome Table. “We’re not a big number -- we go from 10 to 30, it varies. It’s like a soup kitchen -- more for those in need of a hot meal… and it can be social too. Come if you’re always eating by yourself,” said meal coordinator Darlyne Brudvig.
Anne Vaagen, 87, snuggles into her recliner, turns on the television, and keeps her phone, controls and Bible by her side. Then she gets to work. She knits and crochets sweaters, scarves, stocking caps and lap robes to give away. It’s a pastime she started some 10 years ago.
Mistelle Wetzel has taken her love of gardening to the next level -- last summer she planted more than 36 tomato plants to can salsa for sale. Her partner Loren Mayer had never made salsa before, but he really enjoyed it and together they launched M&L Salsas. They recently sold their products at craft/vendor shows in Dickinson, with four varieties available for sampling.
The Jessica and Kyle Johnson family will spend Christmas quietly in their rural New England home. They don’t mind -- they’ve already received their Christmas miracle with the bone marrow transplant that saved the life of their daughter, Henley. Returning from a checkup at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, Jessica updated Henley’s medical condition.