June 24th, 2012
As the clock passed 9 p.m. Friday and darkness started to replace the natural light at Charlie Brown Memorial Field, the Valley City Post 60 baseball team had two goals.
First â Get through the fifth inning of its second game that night with Galchutt. Second â Scrap a few runs together and get the win.
By the time the game finished roughly 20 minutes later, both tasks were complete as the team, which played as the visitor on the score board in the second game, won 4-3 after scoring three runs in the top of the fifth.
Thereâs quite an age difference between long-time Valley City resident Jacquette âKettaâ Stricklin, 84, her grandson, Ty Buttrey, a recent high school graduate in North Carolina.
Besides genetics, the two have at least one thing in common â an uncanny ability on the diamond.
Stricklin celebrates her 85th birthday Saturday, and Ty Buttrey will be among those making the trip up to celebrate.
The Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team plays plenty of double headers throughout its season, but Thursdayâs home games at Charlie Brown Memorial Field had a slight twist on the formula.
Rather than playing one opponent twice, Post 60 beat Great Bend 6-2, then immediately played Wahpeton in a 12-0 loss.
âItâs kind of like playing in a tournament,â said Valley City coach Jason Beilke. âItâs two games in a row with two different teams.â
The two games, both of which were rescheduled from earlier in the season, ended up being played differently.
Post 60 games starting earlier
After having games with Wahpeton and Enderlin postponed earlier this week, the Valley City Post 60 American Legion baseball team will resume its season today with a double header against Great Bend.
The double header was rescheduled from June 7. The first game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start with game two set for 6 p.m.
Post 60 also plays Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Galchutt.
Babe Ruth splits double header
The Valley City Babe Ruth baseball team split a double header in LaMoure Tuesday.
If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 5 I would have told you I wanted to be a penguin breeder. It wasnât until I turned 17 that I knew for a fact I wanted to be the television weather girl. Now that Iâm ripe and nearly 46 I have an insatiable desire to teach as much as I learn and I want to do it living.
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Saturday, June 23 from 10 am to 12 noon the Farmers Market will celebrate National Dairy Month by having free samples of yogurt available for the first 200 people that come to the market. A variety of flavors will be available.
The Farmers Market is partnering with the Young Peopleâs Healthy Heart Program at Mercy Hospital and the Midwest Dairy Council for this event, and will have many recipes for people to pick up that use yogurt.
The finishing touches are being applied to the new North Valley Bridge on County Road 21 north of Valley City, and the days are numbered for the old bridge.
âThe (new) bridge itself is about complete,â said Barnes County Highway superintendent Kerry Johnson. âThey have some coating to put on the railing, abutments and piers and then remove the rest of the forms... I would say thereâs less than a weekâs worth of work on the actual bridge itself.â
Valley City schoolsâ graduation rates and Adequate Yearly Progress have not met with the standards set forth by the âNo Child Left Behindâ Act for two years now, and the district is facing the first in a long line of consequences.
The consequences, called âProgram Improvement,â begin after students fail to meet the benchmarks in two years, and PIs increase for every year the school continues to fall short of the actâs requirements.
The public is invited to camp out, play games, eat food and rally against cancer at this yearâs Barnes County Relay for Life. The event will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. and will last through the night, ending at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Team developer Carol Grenz said that while itâs too late to coordinate a team, anybody is welcome to Relay at any time throughout the event.
Smokers savored their cigarettes inside the Labor Club on Tuesday after the bar decided to reverse its two-month-old ban on smoking.
The Club went smoke free on April 1, and since then bar owner Kerry Anderson said the Club took a 40 percent hit in sales.
âItâs all business,â Anderson said. âWe gave it a fair shot and it lasted for two months of the worst sales Iâve ever had in the history of my business here. It was worse than I ever expected to be. So all these people who tell you to go smoke free and business will pick up, itâs false in the bar business.â