October 5th, 2012
I have a secret. Only my uber-close friends know about it and still they donâ€™t accept it. Some of you have the same secret. I thought I could keep it forever but working at Hospice has taught me itâ€™s time to share it.
Iâ€™m not actively dying but Iâ€™m not actively living either. I can make myself appear busy and Lord knows I can speak how busy I am. Thatâ€™s not part of the secret. Thatâ€™s part of the lie. We lie to ourselves more often than we tell ourselves the truth. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re a universe of people with struggles. We believe the lies and discard the truths.
TOWER CITY â€“ Tower Cityâ€™s park continues to benefit from grants that help the public facility to keep growing.
Scott Tichy, a member of the Tower City Park Board, said Thursday two years ago the park received a 50/50 matching state recreational facility grant that allowed the park board to put in a new playground.
About two weeks ago, the park board finished putting in a 1,200 foot walking path around the park it built with a 2011 national recreational trails grant.
A man was jailed in Valley City on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order against him.
Herb Brady, living in southeast Valley City, was taken into custody by Valley City police officers Dave Swenson and Wade Hannig. He had allegedly violated an order prohibiting contact and a bail order out of Cass County.
â€śHe was ordered not to have contact with the victim and he had contact with her,â€ť said Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman.
The Festival of Trees â€“ a long-running fundraiser for the Mercy HealthCare Foundation â€“ has been set for Nov. 24 at the Valley City Eagles Aerie, said Stephanie Mayfield, organizer of this yearâ€™s event.
Mayfield, until recently executive vice president of the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday this is the first time she has been involved in the fundraiser.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds for hospital capital expenses, such as equipment, that are not covered by normal operating revenues.
People from the area will join together Sunday, Oct. 21 to walk for a subject they hope to shed some light on.Â
The 2012 â€śOut of the Darknessâ€ť community walk has been hosted annually for the past three years by Mercy Hospitalâ€™s Wellness in the Valley along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Debbie Anderson, director of Wellness in the Valley, said the intention of the walk, which also takes place in communities around the nation, is to bring the topic of suicide out of the darkness.
An estimated 1,100 students from four of Valley Cityâ€™s hometown school campuses celebrated International Walk To School Day on Wednesday morning.
Students from Washington, Jefferson and St. Catherineâ€™s Elementary Schools, as well as the Valley City Junior/Senior High School students all took part in the event that is aimed to raise awareness of pedestrian needs, especially among children.
MONTPELIER â€” There are nights where things just click for a team.
Tuesday, the Maple Valley High School volleyball team had one of them.
With the exception of a short time early in the second set, the Raiders controlled the tempo of the game, from the serve to the net play, in a 25-6, 25-18, 25-15 road win over Litchville-Marion/Montpelier.
"They're finding their confidence and they're finding their level of play," Maple Valley coach Jessica Theurer said. "They're really coming around, and they need to this at time of the year."
Early on, the Raiders made the most of their serves.
Valley City State University students and local Boy Scouts are both helping upgrade the Valley City National Fish Hatchery and make it a more welcoming place for the public, said fish hatchery manager Kurt Eversman.
â€śItâ€™s kind of taken off at the Pomeroy farmstead,â€ť an area the hatchery has set aside for public use including picnicking and nature watching, Eversman said.
Eversman plans to make the old farm site into the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site (OWLS) originally envisioned for the location.
The Barnes County Commission began forming a hiring committee that will review the applications for the vacant seat of county auditor and has set an Oct. 15 deadline for applicants to serve as the fifth member of the Barnes County Water Resource District Board.
County Stateâ€™s Attorney Lee Grossman said at Tuesdayâ€™s commission meeting, he has received eight applications for the auditor position.
Special to the Times-Record
The Valley City State University Bookstore is now offering tickets for the universityâ€™s theatre productions, beginning with Third, by Pulitzer-Winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein. With convenient hours 8AM-4PM Monday through Friday, people can purchase their tickets at the bookstore located in the Student Center at the corner of Viking Drive and 2nd Ave. SW. Students from any school are admitted free to VCSU Theatre productions, but need a student ticket for admission. Single tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens.